Review: ‘Dear White People’ offers smart satire (Our grade: B)

Tyler James Williams, center, plays a gay black student on a fictional Ivy League campus who doesn't feels that he fits any of the standard campus groups in "Dear White People." (Roadside Attractions, Ashley Nguyen)
Tyler James Williams, center, plays a gay black student on a fictional Ivy League campus who doesn’t feels that he fits any of the standard campus groups in “Dear White People.” (Roadside Attractions, Ashley Nguyen)

Justin Simien’s flip and hip satire “Dear White People.” Here’s a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and sensitivity head on, a debut film that brashly borrows from a few early Spike Lee movies and updates them in a story of a college campus where somebody figures “Unleash Your Inner Negro” is a good idea for a white frat house Halloween party.

»Read the full review on MyStatesman.com | Showtimes for ‘Dear White People’

IFC acquires distribution rights to ‘Manglehorn’

Austin director David Gordon Green is getting a distribution deal for his latest movie, “Manglehorn,”with IFC Films.

The film stars Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine and Chris Messina. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Pacino plays a locksmith who still mourns losing the love of his life, but develops a friendship with a kind woman, played by Hunter.

Green’s previous movies include “Pineapple Express” and “Prince Avalanche.”

Al Pacino plays a locksmith in David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn."
Al Pacino plays a locksmith in David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.”

AFF adds ‘By the Gun,’ ‘Miss Julie’

The Austin Film Festival has added more movies to its lineup.

Two late additions to the festival are marquee screenings of “By the Gun,” a crime drama starring Harvey Keitel and directed by James Mottern, at 9:20 p.m. Friday at the Paramount; and “Miss Julie,” written and directed by Liv Ullmann, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount.

The festival also said Tuesday that a mystery screening will be held at 8:45 p.m. Friday at the Galaxy Highland.

The Film and Food Party kicks off the festival Wednesday, with “The Humbling” opening the fest on Thursday.

Renee Zellweger’s new look

 Renee Zellweger
Actress Renee Zellweger attends the 2014 ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for ELLE)

I like Renee Zellweger. I’ve interviewed her, and she has always been nice. But I feel that I should show you something, without comment. Go here.

L.M. “Kit” Carson dies

L.M. “Kit” Carson, the influential Texas filmmaker, has died at the age of 73.

Born in Dallas, Carson was the creative force behind the film “David Holzman’s Diary,” which helped give birth to the mockumentary. He also co-wrote the script for Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas.”

His many other achievements are detailed by Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News. To read it, go here.