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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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Feb 14, 2018

Movies about British history are catnip for Oscar voters. "The King’s Speech," "Atonement," "The Queen" and "The Imitation Game" are just a few recent best picture nominees. We continues its Oscars preview with a conversation about a pair of hopefuls this year connected by one of the towering figures of 20th Century Britain … Winston Churchill.

Feb 7, 2018

"Phantom Thread" is up for six Academy Awards this year, including best picture. We continue our Oscars preview with a conversation about how the film captured the world of haute couture. Joining us is Myra Walker, professor emeritus in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas and the former curator and director of the Texas Fashion Collection.

Jan 31, 2018

Over the next month, we're previewing the Academy Awards with a look at some of the nominated films. Up this week is a conversation with Nicole Myers, the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, about "Loving Vincent" - one of the most innovative animated films in years.

Jan 24, 2018

Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking about some of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, which were announced this week. Up first is a conversation about “I, Tonya” with Dallas Morning News sports reporter Kevin Sherrington, who was on the scene in Detroit the day Nancy Kerrigan was attacked.

Jan 16, 2018

A festival of short films focusing on the outdoors screens Thursday and Friday in Dallas. This week, we talk with the director of Mountainfilm about using movies to take audiences on real-life adventures.

Jan 10, 2018

Every year, careers are launched at the Sundance Film Festival. Think Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson. This week, we talk with Augustine Frizzell, who just might join that list this year with her debut feature, "Never Goin' Back," which she shot in North Texas.

Jan 3, 2018

In “The Post,” Tom Hanks plays legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. He’s desperately trying to convince the paper’s publisher – played by Meryl Streep – to print The Pentagon Papers, which detail how the government lied about the Vietnam War. This week, we talk with the editor of The Dallas Morning News about the many journalistic questions explored in the film.

Dec 27, 2017

Directors Wes Anderson, Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater and David Lowery all hail from Texas. And each has a new movie out in 2018. This week, we preview a very Texas-centric year in the movies.

Dec 20, 2017

For many moviegoers, the holidays are a time to catch up on films you’ve missed. To help you out, this week we talk about the best movies of 2017.

Dec 13, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is easily the most anticipated movie of 2017. And it’s expected to ring up about $200 million in ticket sales on opening weekend. We've seen the film, but don’t worry: No spoilers here - just a conversation about why it all works so well.

Dec 6, 2017

The Shape of Water” - the latest from visionary director Guillermo del Toro - features a monster who’s good and humans who’re the bad guys. This week, we talk about the history of sympathetic monsters - everyone from Frankenstein to the Creature from the Black Lagoon - with SMU film professor Rick Worland.

Nov 29, 2017

At the Dallas Museum of Art, two large galleries are filled not with paintings or sculpture, but with video screens. The exhibition is called "Truth: 24 Frames Per Second," and this week, we talk about the show with Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA.

Nov 22, 2017

After a day at home surrounded by family … you might be ready to get out of the house. Well, you’re in luck. This week, we recommend a few movies to see this weekend, as well as a few to look forward to.

Nov 15, 2017

In the new film “Last Flag Flying,” Steve Carell plays a Vietnam veteran whose son – a Marine – is killed in Iraq. On his way to retrieve his son’s remains, he pays a visit to a couple of old military buddies in hopes that they might offer support on the trip. The film is the latest from Richard Linklater, who we talked with recently about patriotism and the timing of war movies.

Nov 7, 2017

The Lone Star Film Festival opens Thursday in Fort Worth. And this year’s event includes several films with Fort Worth ties. This week, we look at the lineup with the festival’s executive director, Chad Matthews.

Nov 1, 2017

In years past, Dallas VideoFest featured more than a hundred movies stretched out over a week. This year’s slate, though, includes only a few dozen shown over this weekend. This week, we talk with VideoFest artistic director Bart Weiss about creating a leaner, more focused fest.

Oct 12, 2017

The first feature-length film of the sound era was 1927’s “The Jazz Singer.” And ever since, Hollywood has produced a steady stream of musicals. This week, we talk with SMU film professor Sean Griffin about the enduring popularity of musical films. His new book is called "Free and Easy?: A Defining History of the American Film Musical Genre" (Wiley-Blackwell).

Oct 11, 2017

Short films offer budding directors a chance to learn their craft and established filmmakers an opportunity to play. This week, we talk about this under-appreciated segment of movies with a creator of The Eyeslicer Roadshow, a short film program coming to the Texas Theatre.

Oct 4, 2017

DocuFest - the documentary wing of VideoFest - opens Thursday night in Dallas. To get you ready, we preview a pair of films that focus on the arts. "Dare to be Different" (Thursday at 9:15 p.m.) looks at an influential radio station that helped to popularize Depeche Mode, Blondie, Pet Shop Boys and other early '80s acts. And "Ex Libris: New York Public Library" (Saturday at 11 a.m.) is legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman's look at one of the world's largest library systems.

Sep 27, 2017

A conference in Fort Worth this weekend is getting filmmakers from across the world together to share tips on everything from how to light a set to how to use music in a movie. This week, we talk with the founder of the Film + Music Conference about how the event came together - and about showcasing Fort Worth to people who might film there.

Sep 20, 2017

Richardson native David Gordon Green is best known for directing "Pineapple Express" and other broad comedies. With his new film, “Stronger,” he returns to his more dramatic roots in telling the story of a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. This week, we talk about the film - and about Green’s evolution as a director. "Stronger" opens on Friday.

Sep 13, 2017

Dallasites Cynthia and Allen Mondell have been married for nearly 48 years. And for most of that time, they’ve made films together. A retrospective of their documentaries airs tonight on KERA-TV, and they sit down to talk about their partnership on this week’s edition of The Big Screen.

Sep 6, 2017

The crowds at the Venice Film Festival are getting the first look at some of the most important films of 2017. One half of our Big Screen team -Chris Vognar - is taking in the scene, and he takes a break from the glitz and glamour to check in.

Aug 30, 2017

This fall, a pair of high-profile Texas directors - David Gordon Green and Richard Linklater - will release new films that could get the attention of Oscar voters. Green's up first with "Stronger," starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a man who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing. Meanwhile, Linklater gathers Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburn and Bryan Cranston for "Last Flag Flying." It tells the story of a grieving father (Carell) who goes on a road trip to retrieve the remains of his killed in action in Iraq. This week, we preview those films and take a sneak peek at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which one of our team members will be attending.

Aug 23, 2017

In 1998, Carter High School’s football team dominated the competition on the way to a state title. And then, that title was taken away. This week, we talk about Carter’s fall from grace with Adam Hootnick, director of 'What Carter Lost,' the new ESPN documentary about the team. The film airs Thursday night at 8:30.

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