Modern Cinema

Favorite film fest returns to the Modern for sneak peeks of great movies

Fave film fest returns to the Modern for sneak peeks of great movies

Theodore Pellerin and Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased
Boy Erased will be one of eight films screened during Modern Cinema with Christopher Kelly, running October 19-21 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Focus Features

Fort Worth film lovers will get an early chance to see some of the best films of the year when Modern Cinema with Christopher Kelly returns, October 19-21, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Presented by Fortress Presents and the Modern, it's the reincarnation of a popular series that ran from 2004-2014, which gave some prestigious titles their first — and sometimes only — screenings in Dallas-Fort Worth. The festival-style event will present hotly anticipated films before they are available in theaters.

Past Modern Cinema festivals have featured films that have gone on to earn critical acclaim and rake in awards — including The Queen (2006), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and Fair Game (2010). 

This year's event will feature eight titles, six of which have been announced: Boy Erased, starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe; Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem; Never Look Away, a German film from Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; Wildlife, starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal; Non-Fiction, starring Guillaume Canet and Juliette Binoche; and Cold War, a Polish film from Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski.

Each screening will be introduced by Kelly, the former film and culture critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Kelly is currently managing producer for entertainment for New Jersey Advance Media. He also frequently covers film-related topics for Texas Monthly and other publications.

A limited number of $59 Early Bird passes are now on sale and will remain so until they are gone or all titles are announced. Individual screening tickets will only be available if seats remain after all Early Bird and Regular Passes are sold. Passes provide a guaranteed seat at all screenings.

Screening dates and times will be published after all titles are announced.