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Body found believed to be missing actress Misty Upham

A body found near a river in Washington state  is believed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham, according to police. The actress is known her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a ...

Livi Zheng and Ken Zheng star in “Brush With Danger.” Credit: Sun and Moon Films

Lots of folks kickbox in ‘Brush With Danger’

“Oh, thank God! Asians!” the red-haired woman whose purse is being stolen cries out, relieved, in “Brush With Danger.” She has spotted Alice (Livi Zheng) and Ken (Ken Zheng), whom she just assumes to be martial arts experts and, as cinematic luck would have it, they are.One of the many ...

Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Chalke star in AFF-staged script reading

The comedy “Flarsky” by Dan Sterling is this year’s Austin Film Festival staged script reading. Currently the cast for the reading includes Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Chalke and Jason Ritter.Sterling started as a staff writer on the first season of “South Park” and went on to become a writer/producer on “King ...

Film listings, Oct. 17- Oct. 23

OPENING FRIDAY“Art and Craft”Grade: B, reviewed page 44“The Best of Me”Grade: D, reviewed page 43“The Book of Life”Grade: A-, reviewed page 39“Fury”Grade: B-, reviewed page 38“Men, Women & Children”Grade: C, reviewed page 45“St. Vincent”Grade: C, reviewed page 40“The Overnighters”Grade: B+, reviewed page 41NOT REVIEWED“Housebound”: A delinquent young woman is told ...

‘Fury’ rages but never smolders

War is always hell. But the end of a war is an especially dangerous and exhausting circle of it.The five-man crew of the “Fury,” the titular tank in writer-director David Ayer’s World War II drama, is stuck in this bloody circle.Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) and his boys are ...

‘Overnighters’ takes compelling look at migrant workers in oil fields

“The Overnighters” is an onion of a movie. Composed of multiple layers — more than one of which might bring tears to your eyes — this shape-shifting documentary begins as one thing and ends as quite another. Straddling both is Jay Reinke, a Lutheran pastor whose small town in North ...

‘Book of Life’ animation soars

“The Book of Life” is a Mexican-accented kids’ cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form. As pretty as a just-punctured piñata, endlessly inventive, warm and traditional, it serves up Mexican culture in a riot of colors and mariachi-flavored music. The tale is told by a ...

‘Art and Craft’ offers strange tale of forgery

Is Mark Landis the only art forger who puts his paintings into Wal-Mart frames? That may be the least of his eccentricities, as we learn in “Art and Craft,” a droll documentary that may remind you of Errol Morris’ work. For decades, Landis has been copying paintings and drawings — ...

‘Best of Me’ is the worst of Nicholas Sparks

For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest. It’s sad to watch them strain and struggle and then give up as the lachrymose “The Best of ...

‘Men, Women’ has big ambitions but doesn’t quite click

If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened, a blast of fresh air to be let in, it’s Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children.” The film, adapted from Chad Kultgen’s novel and shot in Austin, is about dreary faces in front of digital screens. A ...

‘St. Vincent’ is mighty unlikely for movie canonization

Resolved: Bill Murray is one of the great comedy minds of his generation. He developed personas in the ’70s and ’80s that continue to influence comedy to this day.For example, Murray practically has the patent on a certain strain of wise-acre (see also “Saturday Night Live,” “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters”). Pendleton Ward, ...

Film listings, Oct. 10-Oct. 16

OPENING FRIDAY“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”Grade: C+, reviewed page 42“Dracula Untold”Grade: C, reviewed page 43“The Judge”Grade: C-, reviewed page 46“Kill the Messenger”Grade: B+, reviewed page 44“Pride”Grade: B-, reviewed page 45NOT REVIEWED“Addicted.” R. 105 min. A gallerist risks her family and flourishing career when she enters ...

A ‘Dracula’ tale that might have been better left ‘Untold’

So it wasn’t the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western civilization in the late 15th/early 16th centuries. It was Prince Vlad, hero of the Transylvanians, a misunderstood warrior with fangs and a taste for Turkish Type O. That’s the ...

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival coming Oct. 17 and 18

The 11th Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival (www.ctdfilmfest.org) takes place Oct. 17 and 18 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This annual event shines a spotlight on films that positively and accurately represent disability. This year, the fest focused on performance artists with disabilities. The festival ...

Renner is riveting in ‘Kill the Messenger’

“Kill the Messenger,” the film about journalist Gary Webb’s shocking newspaper stories that connected the Reagan era CIA to America’s crack epidemic, shows just how hard it is to film investigative journalism as a drama, and get it right. The film about a reporter destroyed by a story that turned ...

‘Pride’ offers a feel-good comedy about unlikely allies

“Pride,” the feel-good movie of the fall, is an utterly charming British reminder that there’s nothing scarier to politicians than when seemingly incompatible electorates discover their common interests. Those who want us divided don’t want us to remember that “united we stand.” In Thatcher’s Britain, the war of organized labor ...

‘Alexander’ is not really terrible, which is kind of the problem

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” might feel familiar — and not just to fans of the 1972 Judith Viorst children’s book upon which it’s based. The film has the comfortable feel of a Disney Channel made-for-TV expansion of one of its kid-friendly series (parents ...

Verdict on ‘The Judge’: Ho-hum

“The Judge” dawdles, lingers, takes sidebars and recesses — much like a celebrity trial in which TV cameras have been allowed into the courtroom. A bloated all-star melodrama with none of the lean, mean legalese of a John Grisham adaptation, it’s a showboat’s movie cast with a lot of actors ...

Cover of “As You Wish,” by Cary Elwes.

A ‘Princess Bride’ quote-along with Cary Elwes? As you wish

There are parents who have named all of their children after characters from “The Princess Bride.” Sound inconceivable? Just ask Cary Elwes, who famously played Westley — aka the Man in Black — in the 1987 film. He’s met them. “They’re like, ‘This is Fezzik, this is Inigo, this is ...

“20,000 Days on Earth;” Scream, Memory!

“Nobody does monster like a rock star,” Nick Cave recently said in a Rolling Stone interview. This particular 57-year-old rock star has been careening around stages since the late 1970s with the legendary punk band the Birthday Party and his 30-year-old band the Bad Seeds. He does monster pretty well. ...

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