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SXSW screening: “Tormentero”

Tormentero is more a beautifully aligned cinematographic piece of art than a movie. Movies usually have plots. But the story is of a disgraced fisherman who discovered Mexico’s largest oil reserve and got absolutely nothing for it. But it’s not something that you understand fully until about halfway through the movie, when Romero Kantún, or Don Rome, () is invited to meet the owner of an oil rig in the

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The Dose: ‘Porto’ is heartbreaking fare from the late Anton Yelchin

Heavily influenced by French New Wave auteurs François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, it’s too easy to call “Porto” a stylish swag song for the late Anton Yelchin. A wonderful young actor who used his blockbuster clout to improve his talent through indies, this film is more proof that another decade could’ve solidified Yelchin as one of the greats. While it’s certainly a solid showcase for him, “Porto” is much more

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    The Dose: Future breaks music records this month

The Dose: Future breaks music records this month

Xavier Spurlock | Contributing Writer Around the third quarter of last year, barbershops and lunch tables all began to count Future’s new “Hndrxx” album out. “He can’t top his 2014-15 run,” they said. “It can’t get bigger than ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ or ‘DS2.’” As of today, Future is the first solo act in Billboard history to be No. 1 for two back-to-back albums. Along with a new

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    The Dose: Predicting the 89th Academy Awards

The Dose: Predicting the 89th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, the legendary ceremony for honoring the best films of the prior year, will have its 89th show this Sunday on ABC. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, “La La Land” leads the pack with a record-tying 14 nominations, while “Arrival” and “Moonlight” have eight nominations each. Will “La La Land” win Best Picture? Will “Moonlight” beat it unexpectedly? Will Meryl Streep win her fourth Oscar? No one can know

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    The Dose: The best of the 2017 Grammy performances

The Dose: The best of the 2017 Grammy performances

The 59th Grammy Awards were this past Sunday, and the annual award show was definitely one that will be remembered. Whether it was Cee Lo Green’s head-to-toe golden outfit or Katy Perry’s jabs at Britney Spears, it was a ceremony full of showdowns, tributes and memes. While the Grammys signify music’s biggest awards ceremony of the year, it’s also an unforgettable night of concerts, performances, friendships and celebrations. One thing that

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    The Dose: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is darker indeed

The Dose: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is darker indeed

Girls and their boyfriends, groups of girls and hopeless romantics filled the Cinemark 14 theater Thursday night to watch the second installment in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series. Before I get into chopping up this story, I’ll preface this by saying I did not read the books, which may have helped me understand the movie more. But I have been waiting two years since the first movie to watch this sex-centric

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    The Dose: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ surpasses the first movie

The Dose: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ surpasses the first movie

Playing in theaters nationwide is the second chapter of the “John Wick” series. Now I’m a huge fan of the first film, which is a wonderful ‘70s-style revenge thriller that drew heavily from Hong Kong actioners and old westerns. Considering how blockbusters have taken the “Bourne” method of quick editing — often creating an unpleasant sewing machine effect — “John Wick” was a breath of fresh air for its simple (but

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    The Dose: Ashleigh Smith jazzes the crowd at Denton Black Film Festival

The Dose: Ashleigh Smith jazzes the crowd at Denton Black Film Festival

The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center showed some soul this past Saturday to close out the third night of the Denton Black Film Festival. Ashleigh Smith, a UNT alumna and jazz recording artist, took the stage as one of the musical artists featured for the festival Quentin Moore, another former UNT student from Austin, opened for Smith. Moore’s jazz sound featured heavy influences of R&B and even reggae with a nostalgic flair.

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    The Dose: ‘Jerico’ successfully combines humor and authenticity

The Dose: ‘Jerico’ successfully combines humor and authenticity

In the movie “Jericho,” best friends Jerico and Jarvis were headed on a spontaneous road trip when their plans took a major wrong turn that jeopardized their lives. “Jerico”, a story of “two boys trying to keep their black asses alive,” was screened at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Campus Theatre. It was a feature film of the third annual Denton Black Film Festival. In present-day, an

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The Dose: ‘Walk with Me’ tells some of the best civil rights stories in history

Many federal judges go through their entire careers without having heard a high-profile case. Damon J. Keith, on the other hand, apparently hit the judicial jackpot in the 1970s. Keith recounts much of his own story in “Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith,” directed by Jesse Nesser. It was screened at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Campus Theatre as a part of the Denton Black

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