Miyazaki 101

Miyazaki 101

Anime aficionados, professors to speak at Forth Worth film series focused on Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki Acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki’s films will be the star attraction at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum, and two faculty members will lead discussions around the Japanese artist’s most-recognized characters and stories as part of...

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The Mercury’s Summer Wrap-up

The Mercury’s Summer Wrap-up

MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH17 CRASHES On July 17, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Ukrainian air space, killing 298 passengers and crew. As investigators and medical experts struggled to reach the crash site in pro-separatist eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government, pro-Russian separatists and...

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‘Lucy’ underwhelms with predictable plot, unimpressive action

‘Lucy’ underwhelms with predictable plot, unimpressive action

SPOILER ALERT Scarlett Johansson escapes from the Marvel universe and gets to play her own superhero in “Lucy.” Unfortunately, the result is unintentionally cheesy and dumb. Directed by Luc Besson, “Lucy” stars Johansson as a 25-year-old American in Taiwan. She isn’t given much of a description before her newfound boyfriend forces her...

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‘Purge’ sequel disappoints

‘Purge’ sequel disappoints

“The Purge: Anarchy” is a surprising step forward in the franchise but only because the first one was so poor. James DeMonaco returns after directing last year’s “The Purge,” a critically panned, but financially successful, film (on a $3 million production budget it grossed $89 million worldwide). So, of course,...

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UTD hosts week-long camp for underprivileged children

A crowd of kids, chattering and giggling, hold on to white balloons with the words “Let Go” scrawled on them. They wait for the go-ahead and, then, release the fear and self-doubt filling the balloon. From June 24 to June 27, they spent their time on campus instead of at...

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Post-apocalyptic flick offers cautionary tale

Post-apocalyptic flick offers cautionary tale

  It’s 2031 and Earth’s sole survivors are struggling to maintain a social balance aboard Snowpiercer, a self-sustaining bullet train that must keep its engine running to keep its passengers alive.   Based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film focuses on...

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Alumnus revitalizes lit mag

Alumnus revitalizes lit mag

College students search high and low for a job after graduating. Few find one so quickly and in an area they love. For Matthew Limpede, who graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in art and performance, working for a small literary fiction magazine was his calling, but not...

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‘Dragon’ sequel delights with vibrant visuals, heartfelt story

‘Dragon’ sequel delights with vibrant visuals, heartfelt story

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” could easily rest on its stunning visuals, but the film combines 3D with a touching story that elevates the film to a Pixar-like quality. Taking place five years after the first film, the sequel finds dragons and Vikings existing in harmony instead of being at...

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Summer Pop Review

Summer Pop Review

Neon Trees electrifies at House of Blues  Marcelo Yates Keeping the crowd out late on June 1, pop rock band Neon Trees performed at the House of Blues Dallas to promote its latest album “Pop Psychology.”   British-American indie rock band Nightmare and the Cat kicked off the evening with...

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