Fort Worth has one surefire remedy to the numbing sameness of all those cookie cutter Hollywood mainstream studio movies, and that’s the affecting, human-scaled studio and independent films featured in the Magnolia at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Film series.

Opening October 18, and running through November 24, the Magnolia at the Modern Film series will take patrons on an artistically ambitious cinematic journey, from the small yet obstinately pursued ambitions of a Saudi girl in Wadjda, to a couple of documentaries on everything from an incomparable art collecting couple (Herb & Dorothy 50x50), to all the musical magic generated by everyone from the Rolling Stones and Etta James to Percy Sledge and Gregg Allman, from an obscure, small-town Alabama studio called Muscle Shoals.

Among the six films comprising the Magnolia series, viewers will catch up with an all-grown-up Harry Potter as Daniel Radcliffe stars in the Beat generation murder mystery, Kill Your Darlings, while today’s indie It-actress, Brie Larson serves up one of the year’s most talked about performances as a determined and tender staff member of a foster care facility in Short Term 12.

The hallmark of these Magnolia at the Modern films is that they routinely substitute the typical summer movie’s menu of apocalyptic mayhem, and paint-by-numbers plots, with a wide palette of nuanced emotions, character-driven stories, and performances sure to generate plenty of Oscar buzz.

The details: Magnolia at the Modern Film Series – from October 18-November 24 -- at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth. Regular show times: Friday at 6 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Ticket prices: $8.50 ($6.50 for Modern members, with Sunday noon show at half-price).

More information: 817-738-9215;

Fort Worth Modern Art Museum at Dusk