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Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow. Before coming to D Magazine, Simek launched the well-loved, if short-lived, Renegade Bus, an online journal that brought out-of-the-box perspectives to Dallas life and culture. He also wrote for D Magazine and D CEO on topics ranging from soccer hooligans and insurance detectives to the pedestrian friendliness of the Dallas Arts District. Simek covered Dallas City Hall; helped launch Oak Cliff People; and wrote about movies, classical music, and opera while on the staff at People Newspapers.

4 Must-See Films at the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, April 9, and this year’s highlights include an appearance by Blues Brothers director John Landis, a tribute to the late L.M. Kit Carson, and a special section dedicated to German cinema. The highlight of the section: a new German-produced documentary about Dirk Nowitzki called Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf (The Perfect Shot). With hundreds of screenings over 10 days, this festival can be overwhelming. My favorite approach is to get a pass and wander in blindly. I’m always surprised at the great films I catch at DIFF by accident. But if you’re looking for guidance, here are four movies that have good buzz this year.

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What Six Artists Teach Us About How Photographs Can — Or Cannot — Be Trusted

The internet, digital technology, camera phones, security cameras, drones, Instagram, and all the rest of it continue to affect and change the way we make, process, interpret, and experience images. That’s the jumping off point for A Flexible Arrangement, an exhibition at Gray Matters.

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