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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

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
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The Grandmaster

Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, about kung fu legend Ip Man, is a triumph of action and visual artistry.


Action

Phil Bacharach

The Grandmaster

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lone Survivor

Peter Berg's Navy SEALs epic reminds us that war is hell while glorifying it, too.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Maybe it really is possible to have your cake and eat it, too. Lone Survivor, a dramatization of a real-life U.S. mission in Afghanistan that went horribly awry, somehow manages to chronicle a massacre of Navy SEALs while simultaneously transforming the experience into a fist-pumping recruitment tool.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

On her majesty's National Treasure.


Action

Rod Lott
Hasn't Frozen earned enough coin? (That's rhetorical; it has.) So instead of taking the family to see it again and again, try something different. Try The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, which opens Friday exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W. Memorial. If your kids enjoy the National Treasure movies, they're apt to enjoy this live-action British film, too. 
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rush

Ron Howard's latest is a crash course in filmmaking that reeks of burnt rubber.


Action

Louis Fowler
Rush isn’t about the much-loved Canadian power-prog trio. Sadly.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

RED 2

Better dead than ‘RED.’


Action

Zach Hale
Nobody in their right mind would mistake 2010's RED for high art. The film was a harmless, mildly entertaining caricature of a summer blockbuster that provided a fair amount of laughs and a hefty amount of explosions. Any notion of plot played second fiddle to graphic absurdity, but it at least bumbled about with a little bit of charm and charisma.
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Fast & Furious 6

Not so ‘Fast.’


Action

Rod Lott
Right down to the dramatic shot of the cast members walking in a single row toward the camera, the title sequence for Fast & Furious 6 feels every bit like that of a TV series. It’s only natural, given how episodic this entry is — all it lacks is the “Special Guest Star” credit. (But on that note, don’t leave as soon as it ends.)
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Iron Man 3

This metal is still precious.


Action

Rod Lott
You’ll hear the phrase “hot mess” bandied about the whole of Iron Man 3. For a while — the entire first act, really — the film embodies it, minus the hot.
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Bourne Legacy

The spy franchise is 'Bourne' again with a new leading man.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Just because you don’t have Jason Bourne, Matt Damon or a Robert Ludlum novel to crib from doesn’t mean you can’t still wring some thrills out of the Bourne franchise. With the dog days of the summer box-office season comes The Bourne Legacy, a respectable spy actioner, even if it falls short of the standard set by its predecessors.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan directs a fitting send-off to his Batman trilogy.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Due to the twisted savagery of a young man in a Colorado movie theater, The Dark Knight Rises will forever be a footnote in American history. Hopefully, that horrific massacre will not influence perceptions of this epic conclusion to writer-director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
 
Monday, July 23, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

It's amazing that this remake works as well as it does.


Action

Rod Lott
 I still don’t know why Hollywood felt that Spider-Man, all of 10 years young, needed to be remade — I suspect it has to do with selling toys. Enough of calling The Amazing Spider-Man a “reboot,” too; this is a remake through and through.
 
Monday, July 2, 2012

The Avengers

So many superheroes, so little satisfaction.


Action

Rod Lott
I swear I’m not playing the contrarian card for the sake of doing so, but I disliked The Avengers — not with a passion, but mere disengagement. With the exception of Thor, I loved all the films leading up to this ultimate one, from 2008’s Iron Man to last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger. I even entered this one carrying next-to-no expectations.
 
Friday, May 4, 2012

The Raid: Redemption

Up and at ’em!


Action

Rod Lott

Fans of pure action cinema are apt to grow delirious with glee over The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian crime thriller that relies so much upon the universal language of violence, one could enjoy it without subtitles.

 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Viral Factor

Catch a rare opportunity for infectious Asian action on the big screen.


Action

Rod Lott
Attention, fans of Asian blockbusters: You have a rare opportunity to see one play on the big screen, when The Viral Factor opens Friday exclusively at AMC Crossroads Mall 16, 1211 E. Interstate Highway 240. Provided you’re already into the genre, it’s worth the drive.
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol


Action

Rod Lott
One need not worship Xenu to enjoy “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” starring America’s most famous Scientologist, so check your religious beliefs and Operating Thetan levels at the door.
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Drive


Action

Rod Lott
To race right to the finish line, as it were, “Drive” is — so far — the year’s best film and a new crime classic.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
 
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