Wednesday 23 Jul
 
 

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0

Sorcerer

William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Venus in Fur

Controversial director Roman Polanski’s latest film, Venus in Fur, proves he still has it.


Drama

Phil Bacharach

Venus in Fur
8 p.m. Saturday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art 
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9 

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Third Person

A star-studded cast isn't enough to salvage Paul Haggis' heavy-handed drama.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In 2006, writer-director Paul Haggis surprised and befuddled a lot of Academy Awards prognosticators when he won the Best Picture Oscar for his multistory drama, Crash. He returns to that formula in Third Person, albeit with a pronounced heavy-handedness (and Crash wasn’t exactly subtle) that might leave one pining for something comparatively a bit lighter, such as a colorectal exam.
 
Friday, July 11, 2014

Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo desperately wants to be a summer blockbuster, mimicking those that came before it and did it better.


Youth

Aimee Williams
In cinema, there is a fine, often debatable line separating homage from imitation. Unquestionably, family-friendly sci-fi flick Earth to Echo is of the latter category.
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fab film

After 50 years, The Beatles’ movie debut, A Hard Day's Night, still rocks.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

A Hard Day’s Night

5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$5-$9

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Obvious Child

Obvious Child tackles a heavy-hitting issue with both nuance and hilarity.


Comedy

Aimee Williams
Stand-up comedians are known to mask vulnerabilities in self-deflecting insult humor or shock-value one-liners rather than embrace their flaws as part of their material.
 
Friday, June 27, 2014

Prime real estate

After purchasing the entire building, the owner of The Paramount OKC plans to expand its film-related offerings.


Features

Devon Green
Oklahoma City’s Film Row district — once an area that housed vacant downtown businesses and no residential property — has undergone a serious transformation in the past few years. Until recently, there was little left of the area that used to be a bustling film exchange of the early 20th century.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood tackles Broadway hit Jersey Boys, and despite its masterful casting, the film largely rings hollow.


Drama

Aimee Williams
It must be surreal to see your career reduced to a sluggish, 134-minute product dangling between musical and mob drama.
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars for DreamWorks.


Youth

Phil Bacharach
In 2010, DreamWorks approached the rarified air of Pixar-level animation with How to Train Your Dragon, one of DreamWorks’ few family-friendly offerings that didn’t suffer from an overload of pop culture references. Pixar has proven itself fallible in the ensuing years, but the DreamWorks franchise hasn’t lost any of its fire in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street rises above its evident cash-grab motives.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
22 Jump Street shouldn’t be as funny as it is. It is a sequel of a movie based on a defunct television series, after all, which already renders it suspect as a cash-grab. Moreover, the filmmakers even include winking references to its sequelness, which makes the whole thing even more suspect for playing off the cash-grab as a cynical joke.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Far from dead

This year’s deadCENTER Film Festival features an influx of Oklahoma talent, a byproduct of the state’s burgeoning film industry.


Features

Aimee Williams
deadCENTER Film Festival
Thursday-Sunday
Downtown Oklahoma City
deadcenterfilm.org
246-9233
$10-$125
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Immigrant

Director James Gray offers stellar melodrama of a foreigner’s journey in America.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In the cacophony of high-concept movies and TV, there’s something to be said for the spare beauty of old-fashioned melodrama. The Immigrant, now playing exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, covers familiar territory: A wide-eyed ingénue in the big city falls prey to the clutches of a bad man. Yet that familiarity is part of what makes these stories so powerful. They speak to things — temptation, suffering and redemption — deeply rooted in our collective being.
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West

The new comedy from Seth MacFarlane manages to tire despite exerting minimal effort.


Comedy

Zach Hale
There’s a moment toward the climax of A Million Ways to Die in the West that finds Seth MacFarlane — the film’s director, co-writer and lead actor — hiding among a sea of sheep. As he lays in the dirt, he looks up, and a male member of the herd proceeds to urinate on his face. This particular gag is, for lack of a better phrase, the entire movie in a nutshell.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Maleficent

Not without its shortcomings, Disney’s Maleficent features extravagant visuals and a powerful performance from Angelina Jolie.


Youth

Aimee Williams
In Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent, an antiquated fairy tale gets a progressive rewrite and a gratuitous 3-D makeover. Unlike Disney’s previous retellings (Oz the Great and PowerfulAlice in Wonderland), the highly anticipated Maleficent admirably attempts to present fully rounded female characters and make necessary the evil inherent in the 1959 animation. Fans anticipating glamorous malevolence, thanks to Angelina Jolie’s fiercely sculpted cheekbones in promo media, can expect a bit more to the story than sheer vengeance.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Belle

Belle is a rarity in the summer movie season — it's smart.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Belle is set in the 18th century, but its themes of race and class feel thoroughly contemporary. Don’t be fooled by the prevalence of bodices and powdered wigs. Like the best costume dramas, Belle has resonance for modern-day audiences, especially in a nation with a rapidly growing biracial population and an ever-widening gulf between the very rich and everyone else.
 
Friday, May 23, 2014

Godzilla

The latest incarnation of Godzilla is city-stomping fun.


Action

Phil Bacharach
In Jaws, Steven Spielberg famously delayed before letting movie audiences see the shark. It generated suspense, but the decision was more a pragmatic one since the mechanical fish broke down so often during shooting. Unreliability isn’t much of a problem in the world of CGI, however, with filmmakers able to conjure up almost anything short of a decent Katherine Heigl movie.
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
 
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