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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 (dallasnews.com) and Stephen Becker, reporter for Art and Seek, from KERA (artandseek.org).
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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. […]
Feb 24, 2016
The conversation around this year’s Academy Awards has centered on the lack of minority nominees. The ballot is also short on nominees with Texas ties. Nevertheless, we wrap up our Oscar preview series with a chat about whose names will be called to the stage on Sunday. Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen […]
Feb 17, 2016
In the Oscar-nominated “Spotlight,” a team of investigative reporters puts together the pieces of a church abuse scandal in Boston. As an investigative reporter for “The Dallas Morning News,” Brooks Egerton covered a similar story happening at the same time here in North Texas. This week, we continue our Oscar preview series with a conversation […]
Feb 10, 2016
In “The Danish Girl,” Oscar nominee Eddie Redmayne begins the film as Einer, a handsome young man, and ends the story as Lily, a woman. Leslie McMurray is a Dallas transgender woman who knows what it’s like to make that change. This week, we continue our Oscar preview series by talking with her about how […]
Feb 4, 2016
We continue our Oscar preview series by talking about the science of “The Martian” with Mustapha Ishak, an astrophysicist at UT-Dallas.
Jan 28, 2016
We continue our Oscar preview series by talking with Colleyville actor Arthur RedCloud about his pivotal role in "The Revenant."
Jan 20, 2016
Each week in the run-up to the Academy Awards, we'll talk about one of the nominated films with a local expert on the movie’s subject matter. This week’s film is the Holocaust drama "Son of Saul,” a Hungarian film that’s the favorite to take home the best foreign-language film Oscar.
Jan 7, 2016
Five years ago, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame relocated from St. Louis to Arlington. Among the artifacts that made the move south is 500,000 feet worth of bowling film footage – everything from movies to tournaments. This week, our Big Screen team talks with Gregg Williams from the museum about a plan […]
Dec 30, 2015
Some of the movies that will soon compete for Golden Globes and Oscars were first shown in North Texas at a film festival. This week, we talk about the highlights from this year’s events.
Dec 23, 2015
This week, we talk to an economics lecturer from SMU’s Cox School of Business about the movie’s biggest challenge - making very complex financial concepts simple.
Dec 17, 2015
Today is the day movie fans have been waiting for arguably since “Return of the Jedi” was in theaters in 1983. “The Force Awakens,” the newest entry into the Star Wars series brings back Han Solo, Princess Leah and other beloved characters and adds a few new faces to the story. This week, we talk […]
Dec 9, 2015
This week, we talk about a new adaptation of "The Scottish Play" with Raphael Parry, the executive and artistic director of Shakespeare Dallas.
Dec 2, 2015
Some of the holiest sites of three of the world’s major religions can be found within a square mile of each other. Those spots – and the people who live near them – are the subject of a new documentary called “Jerusalem.” This week, we talk to UTD student Farah Ammouri, who grew up in […]
Nov 11, 2015
A new screening series happening in North Texas is looking back at some of the genre’s classic films. This week, our Big Screen team talks about the series - and about science fiction’s enduring appeal.
Nov 4, 2015
This week, we talk to the festival’s new director, Chad Mathews, for a preview.
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