The Big Screen

The Big Screen looks in-depth at the most interesting new release in theaters each week. We also have a weekly conversation with a major movie star or mover-and-shaker in the North Texas film scene and we highlight movies and DVDs to watch this weekend. The Big Screen is hosted by Chris Vognar, movie critic for The Dallas Morning News ( and Stephen Becker, reporter for Art and Seek, from KERA (
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Aug 24, 2016

A new movie out Friday takes place on a summer day in 1989, following the first date between Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle.

Aug 17, 2016

A new film festival highlighting movies made by female filmmakers will play in Dallas this weekend. This week, we talk with Justina Walford, founder of the Women in Texas Film Festival, about her mission to shatter some stereotypes about the kinds of movies women can make.

Aug 10, 2016

Reviews for Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” are overwhelmingly positive – the Associated Press calls it “one of the best of the year.” Much of the credit goes to Dallas’ David Lowery, who directed the movie. This week, we talk with him about making his first film for a major studio.

Aug 3, 2016

A North Texas company called Funimation handles a significant amount of the English dubbing of Japanese anime. And that provides a lot of work for local voice actors. This week, we talk with Bryn Apprill, a Plano actress, about finding a cartoon character’s voice. Apprill will take part in a discussion about all things anime on Saturday after an 11 a.m. screening of "The Boy and The Beast" at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Jul 27, 2016

In Haskell Wexler’s film “Medium Cool,” an ambitious television news cameraman documents the social unrest in Chicago ahead of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. As this year’s convention wraps up tonight, we talk about how many of the same social issues explored in the movie remain relevant today.

Jun 22, 2016

Fifty years ago this summer, one of the most influential art-house films ever was released: Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona.” The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will show “Persona” on Tuesday, and so this week we have a conversation about its enduring influence on the world of movies

Jun 15, 2016

The Oak Cliff Film Festival begins its four-day run tonight at the Texas Theatre and other venues in the neighborhood. It’s the fifth installment of the annual event, and this week we get a preview from two of its programmers, Barak Epstein and Jason Reimer.

Jun 8, 2016

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" hit movie theaters 35 years ago this week. Indiana Jones and his trusty bullwhip captured the imagination of kids – including a group of super fans who began an ambitious project that summer. This week, we talk about a documentary that looks at their quest to remake their favorite movie using a video camera and lots of ingenuity. On Tuesday, the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson will show the fan film and the documentary "Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made."

Jun 1, 2016

Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro" and “Spirited Away” are all classics of Japanese animation. And they were all made by the same production company – Tokyo’s Studio Ghibli. This week, our Big Screen team talks with an anime expert about the legendary studio ahead of a summer-long screening series of its films.

May 27, 2016

Would you dress up in a ball gown or tuxedo just to watch a movie? That’s exactly what the crowds did at the recently wrapped Cannes Film Festival. This week, we talk about the world’s fanciest film fest with John Wildman, a Dallas filmmaker and journalist, who was there.

May 18, 2016
This week, we talk about a new film that revisits a dark period in Texas history.
May 4, 2016
This week, we talk with a Dallas music producer about a new score he’s written for one of the most gripping sci-fi movies of all time – 1979’s "Alien."
Apr 28, 2016
This week, we talk with Mondello at NPR Headquarters in Washington about 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Harold and Maude' and other films that made him the critic he is today.
Apr 20, 2016
This week, we talk to the film's director ahead of its debut at the USA Film Festival.
Apr 13, 2016
It’s the 10th edition of the annual festival, and this week we talk with the programmer who’s picked its movies since the beginning.
Apr 7, 2016
Ahead of an upcoming PBS documentary about him, we talk with a Dallas baseball historian about Robinson’s contributions on and off the field.
Mar 31, 2016
This week, we talk with a UT Southwestern hearing expert about protecting our ears in the movie theater.
Mar 23, 2016
This week, we talk to an executive producer and director of the upcoming USA Network show about the experience of filming it in North Texas.
Mar 17, 2016
The Big Screen team is just back from Austin, so this week we'll talk about some of the films featuring musicians at this year’s event.
Mar 9, 2016
A number of major movies that will soon be seen nationwide debut this weekend at South by Southwest in Austin. Also on the slate: plenty of shorts that will be seen by smaller crowds. This week, our Big Screen team talks with a local producer of one of those shorts about plans to turn her […]
Mar 2, 2016
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is hosting an exhibition of work by Thomas Hart Benton that looks at how the artist incorporated cinema into his paintings. This week, we talk with a curator at the museum about how Benton captured Hollywood’s Golden Age. Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. […]
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