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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

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
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12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen's emotionally jarring biopic depicts slavery in a way that few, if any, have ever dared.


Drama

Zach Hale
Slavery was a dark and shameful time in American history — unequivocally the darkest. Yet while the era has been portrayed on the silver screen in countless films, director Steve McQueen (ShameHunger) presents it with unprecedented realism in 12 Years a Slave — one of the most profoundly gut-wrenching, visceral works of 21st-century cinema you're bound to encounter.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass commandeers this true story into waters no other director would travel.


Drama

Louis Fowler

Paul Greengrass has some real cojones, man.

 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Dallas-based director David Lowery breaks through with a challenging and provocative crime romance.


Drama

Zach Hale

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Running Deer

Brent Ryan Green’s award-winning short captures Native American life positively on film.


Drama

Louis Fowler

Most people toil away at film school for years before they even touch a movie camera. Not Oklahoma City director Brent Ryan Green. He went about it the old-fashioned way: learning by doing.

 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This Is Martin Bonner

A portrait of an ordinary man starting over in life, this is an outstanding drama.


Drama

Rod Lott

This Is Martin Bonner
5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9

 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Ultimate Life

Local screenwriter Lisa Shillingburg’s dreams come true with the debut of The Ultimate Life.


Drama

Louis Fowler
Even with The Ultimate Life’s imminent release, it didn’t truly hit Edmond screenwriter Lisa Shillingburg that her screenplay for the movie was becoming a reality until she noticed a standee one afternoon at the movies.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Spectacular story

Oklahoma author Tim Tharp approves of The Spectacular Now’s buzzed-about film adaptation.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Tim Tharp doesn’t need vampires, magical powers or a dystopian backdrop to make his novels relevant. The award-winning, Oklahoma-based author’s realism distinguishes him from the bulk of young-adult storytellers.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen's latest is immersed in melancholy as the tale of one woman's yearning for normalcy.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Cinema has seen its fair share of manic females and nervous breakdowns, but no one captures bourgeois-Anglo neurosis as astutely as Woody Allen.
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Canyons

True to its title, the film is a void.


Drama

Rod Lott
Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opens and closes with a montage of abandoned movie theaters. For this film in particular, that choice strikes one as symbolic in several ways: not only as a comment on the state of the industry, but on the state of The Canyons itself. You’re unlikely to find many 2013 films this empty.
 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Way, Way Back

Although pleasant, this dramedy works too hard to offer so little.


Drama

Zach Hale
If there’s any type of movie unlikely to offend, it’s usually the coming-of-age story. Films with a relatable central character are more likely to instill a heavy rooting interest in its audience, as we empathize with the protagonist as the story unfolds.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fill the Void

Love and marriage don’t always go together like a horse and carriage, as this Hebrew-language drama shows.


Drama

Aimee Williams
From the first scene, it’s clear Fill the Void is a rare, if not voyeuristic look into the concealed lives of a seemingly impermeable religious community.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gimme the Loot

A graffiti duo plays a game of tag in a charming crime dramedy.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Gimme the Loot
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Before Midnight

Make time for the brilliant, moving conclusion to Richard Linklater’s trilogy of tales of Jesse and Celine.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In Before Midnight, the latest of director Richard Linklater’s odes to romance — a high-minded odyssey begun with Before Sunrise in 1995 and continued with Before Sunset in 2004 — there’s a sly bit that reflects the personal baggage fans of this trilogy bring to the multiplex.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On the Road

Hey, Jack Kerouac, they finally made a movie of your classic novel. Now for the tricky part ...


Drama

Aimee Williams
On the Road
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Love Is All You Need

When brokenhearted, middle-aged people assemble for a wedding in Italy, that’s amore.


Drama

Rod Lott
On paper — or computer screen — Love Is All You Need sounds like an overdose of saccharine. Even swallowing just a few plot keywords could trigger symptoms: “widower,” “wedding” and “breast cancer.”
 
Thursday, June 6, 2013
 
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