Preston Barta // Features Editor


Rated R, 108 minutes.
Director: Angela Robinson
Cast: Luke EvansRebecca HallBella HeathcoteConnie Britton and Oliver Platt

‘Professor’ behind Wonder Woman as fascinating as his creation

Fresh off the red hot heels of summer, where we got the first big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman, we now get the story of how the lasso-swinging Amazonian princess was created. PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is remarkably moving biopic all about ideas. It explores the philosophy of being in love with more than one person at the same time and touches on concepts of dominance and submission. Luke Evans (this year’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) turns in poignant performance as Dr. William Marston, whose relationship between his wife (Rebecca Hall) and lover (Bella Heathcote) inspired one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. Don’t be surprised if it racks up some major awards.

Grade: A-

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is now playing in theaters nationwide.


Rated PG-13, 91 minutes.
Director: Dorota KobielaHugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas BoothJosh BurdettRobert GulaczykAidan Turner and Saoirse Ronan

‘Vincent’ film recalls painter’s life in stunning strokes

This story about the life and death of renowned artist Vincent van Gogh (creator of the famous “Starry Night” painting) feels like an entirely new kind of movie, thanks largely to its innovative directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Starring Chris O’Dowd (BRIDESMAIDS) and Saoirse Ronan (upcoming LADY BIRD), LOVING VINCENT is a living, breathing work of art. Every frame of the film is an oil-painting done by professional painters from all across Europe. It won’t compare to any other movie experience you’ve ever had.

Grade: B

LOVING VINCENT is now playing in select theaters. Check your local theater listings to find out if its playing near you.

About author

Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.