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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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. […]
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 […]
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