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The Charms of Key and Peele Carry the Dumb Comedy of Keanu

Nerdy guys passing themselves off as gangbangers to recover a pet: Keanu may be a one-joke movie that uses cheap tricks (foremost among these, the deployment of an adorable kitten), but I laughed all the way through.

I credit the appealing screen presence and well-honed chemistry between longtime sketch comedy partners Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. As straitlaced Clarence (Key) and his stoner buddy Rell (Peele), the pair make the most of the movie’s intentionally dumb scenario.

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It’s Clear That Papa Wasn’t Written by Its Subject

The awkward title for Papa: Hemingway in Cuba is somewhat misleading. It does indeed take place in Cuba, and was the first American film to shoot in the country in more than 50 years. And while the lackluster drama includes Hemingway, it’s more about a Hemingway fan — specifically journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, who became […]

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Cheadle, Hawke Give Impressionistic Takes on Jazz Legends

Don Cheadle has been rumored to portray Miles Davis on screen for more than a decade, but didn’t become serious about the role until after the jazz legend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Cheadle subsequently entertained some pitches about a potential Davis biopic, but wasn’t really satisfied with […]

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Your Guide to the Final Weekend of the 2016 Dallas International Film Festival

We head into the final weekend of the 10th annual Dallas International Film Festival with a lot of good (and, admittedly, some not-so-good) movies in the rearview mirror, and many more right ahead of us. The Dallas Film Society hands out awards tonight during a swanky affair at the Highland Dallas Ballroom, and the winning films will screen again Saturday and Sunday.

It’s worth giving special attention to a noon Saturday screening of Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven. Cinematographer Edward Lachman, who distinguished himself working on number of Haynes’ films, will be on hand for a Q&A after the movie. Stick around after that for Two-Lane Blacktop with DIFF honoree and renowned “maverick director” Monte Hellman.

You’ve got three more days to spend happily holed up in a movie theater — Enjoy them. Here’s our guide to what’s showing this weekend, along with reviews of the films we’ve already seen.

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Today at the Dallas International Film Festival (4/21/16)

With the USA Film Festival moving in tonight, the rest of the DIFF screenings from here on out will be split between the Alamo Drafthouse on Lamar and the Angelika. If you haven’t yet been to the new-ish Alamo in the Cedars, here’s your chance — It’s a lovely theater.

DIFF highlights this evening include a centerpiece screening of Other People, a Sundance darling by an SNL writer starring Molly Shannon, and Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Werner Herzog’s metaphysical investigation into the internet. Here’s what to see today along with reviews of the films we’ve already seen.

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The Texas Theatre Cracks Open a Mysterious Safe for its 85th Anniversary

In 1931, Herbert Hoover was president, “The Star Spangled Banner” became the national anthem, and in Dallas, the population was somewhere around 260,000 people. If you want to go back in time for a night, Thursday night is your chance. The Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff opened on April 21, 1931, and in celebration of its 85th anniversary, the theater will be stepping back in time.

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Today at the Dallas International Film Festival (4/20/16)

The Dallas International Film Festival has a neighbor: The USA Film Festival, which begins tonight with a dinner event before its screenings start in earnest tomorrow at the Angelika. Is this town big enough for two notable film festivals to coexist without tearing a hole in the space-time continuum, or without at least creating a series of awkward moments? Yes, probably. It should be fine.

Some DIFF screenings will take place at the still new-ish Alamo Drafthouse in the Cedars beginning Thursday, but as for today, the festival will still have plenty of elbow room at the Angelika. Tonight’s special DIFF programming is a 20th anniversary showing of Late Bloomers.

What did we think of the locally-made film Three Days in August? Is that better or worse than Five Nights in Maine? What is a demimonde? These answers and more in “Today at the Dallas International Film Festival.” Check back here for more daily updates and reviews from the festival.

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