Tobe Hooper’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ satirizes yuppie greed by painting the entire state with a broad and bloody brush.
After his murder in Dallas, our perception of what happened has been shaped by the pop culture—and subculture—it inspired.
‘North Dallas Forty’ revealed the ugly truths behind America’s Team. But nearly 45 years later, it inspires more nostalgia than outrage.
David Gordon Green’s decades-late and beyond-unnecessary sequel, ‘The Exorcist: Believer,’ commits various forms of cinematic sacrilege.
Texas quadrupled its annual film incentives. Hollywood’s favorite Texas small town, Smithville, shows the opportunities—and hazards—ahead.
Carolyn Pfeiffer on Marfa, Tutoring Claudia Cardinale, and Asking Michael Jackson What He Fed His Giraffes
From her West Texas home, veteran film producer Carolyn Pfeiffer reflects on her coming of age in the world of celebrity and discusses her memoir.
Richard Linklater didn’t set out to make a Texas film, but Matthew McConaughey’s iconic character feels like somebody every Texan knows.
A deep dive into a track from the guitarist’s latest album, ‘The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored.’
Connie Britton’s tough yet compassionate Friday Night Lights character remains one of our most inspirational depictions of Texas womanhood.
Frank Kozik, the Austin-based designer, who died this week, captured a generation with his posters for groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Beastie Boys.
What makes the Texas woman unique? What makes her distinct from the demure Southern belle or the rugged, rifle-toting frontierswoman of the American West? As the novelist and Texas Monthly contributor Sarah Bird suggests in her 2016 essay collection, A Love Letter to Texas Women, maybe
HBO Max turned my house into that of Candy Montgomery, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Then things got hyperreal.
Paul Newman plays a brutish, morally repugnant monster in the classic anti-western. So why do Texans admire him anyway?
Netflix’s new docuseries revisits the 1993 standoff between David Koresh and the federal government without any agenda—or real purpose.
Forty years ago, a crop of films led by ‘Terms of Endearment’ and ‘Tender Mercies’ reimagined the way we see Texas.
With ‘The Baroness From Kaufman County,’ two Austin filmmakers help the East Texas philanthropist tell her story the way she sees it.
Jonathan Majors and Tommy Lee Jones don’t just have their home state in common.
From ‘Stranger Things’ to the Sex Pistols, from the Houston suburbs to the outskirts of Texas City, these were the actors who got our attention.
The track from Abilene-based Old Fire’s new album, ‘Voids,’ evokes the bleakness of war and of the West Texas landscape.
Texas’s elite police force has long played the hero in film and television, although the reality is far more complex.
David Gordon Green’s rebooted horror trilogy concludes with another search for meaning, yet again, in senseless murder.
The CW drama is set in nineteenth-century Texas but strives for twenty-first-century relevance.
The Austin-based film festival returned for another round of horror and fantasy, now tinged with some distinctly real-world anxieties.
A Larry McMurtry adaptation directed by Sidney Lumet and filmed entirely in Bastrop—what could go wrong? For ‘Lovin’ Molly,’ it began with the boots.
Fantastic Fest returns with another selection of out-there curios, but with some familiar local faces to keep you grounded.
Martha Kelly, the former “Funniest Person in Austin,” is nominated for her deadly serious role in HBO’s ‘Euphoria.’
The Austin-based nonprofit has become a social media star with clips of vintage local newscasts, bizarre industrial films, and one-of-a-kind celebrity encounters.
Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head return for a new movie and series that find them older but far from wiser. Is Texas finally ready to claim them as our own?
Tom Cruise returns, with Austin’s Glen Powell in tow, for a crowd-pleasing sequel that just may pull embattled theaters out of the danger zone.
The pistol-packing cartoon villain represents every ugly stereotype about our state, but there’s a strange power in embracing him.
The storied actor and Fort Worth native always wanted to direct. His gripping debut, released twenty years ago, showed us why.
For every toddler who loved Barney, there was an adult who wanted to punch him. Now the purple dinosaur is back to torment a new generation.
Eagle Pennell’s ‘The Whole Shootin’ Match’ sets the standard for showing Texans who they are instead of who they’re supposed to be.
Trail of Dead was “the band that trashes everything.” But on its eleventh album, ‘XI: Bleed Here Now,’ it’s finally grown into the classic rock group it always wanted to be.
The sequel to Tobe Hooper’s slasher sucks all the fun out of psychotic cannibal killers—but it does have a message for Californians headed to Texas.
Richard Linklater’s ‘SubUrbia’ is ‘The Last Picture Show’ of the nineties.
The Austin-set firefighter show devotes four episodes to the 2021 freeze while ignoring all of the real-life drama.
The Austin filmmaker’s episodes of ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ embody an existential crisis over the future of Star Wars.
How a simple, two-chord song written by an Iowan became (clap clap clap clap) our unofficial state anthem.
The Texas City native and star of the hit HBO comedy series talks Judy Gemstone, ham slices, and why there’s nothing worse than someone trying to be funny.
From newcomers to reliable veterans to a pop star remaking her TV career, these were the actors worth watching this year.
Texas actor Tye Sheridan stars alongside Ben Affleck in the sentimental yet skippable story of an aspiring writer, directed by George Clooney.
The unnerving feature debut from Red Oak native Lauren Hadaway plumbs the gloomy depths beneath a college rower’s quest for greatness.
Twenty-five years later, Mike Judge’s ‘King of the Hill’ still captures something essential about Texans and Texas life. But are there any Hank Hills left?
The streaming phenomenon, produced just outside of Dallas, is winning converts with its ‘Friday Night Lights’ spin on faith.
Fort Worth writer-director Derek Presley overcame unprecedented odds to make his otherwise unremarkable thriller about a tormented hit man.
The latest from the director of ‘The Florida Project’ sees a scheming former porn star wash up along Texas’s Gulf Coast.
A new book tells the sweeping tale of the Alamo’s Weird Wednesday series, the American Genre Film Archive, and Austin’s custodians of cult.
The rising Grapevine star brings fresh spirit to a movie that’s fatally preoccupied with reviving the dead.
How an Amarillo oilman stole the mask right off the Lone Ranger’s face, and made one of film’s most infamous failures in the process.