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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.
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Meek’s Cutoff

A movie about deadly tedium that is nearly a work of deadly tedium itself


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Lest anyone thinks otherwise, wandering the Oregon Trail in 1845 was no walk in the park.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Winter in Wartime

A tense, if not intense, drama-cum-thriller


Drama

Rod Lott
Like 2008’s “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” the Dutch-born film “Winter in Wartime” is set in World War II, and explores what happens when a youth gets involved with the other side of the fence — here, figuratively.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Of Gods and Men

Monks spar with terrorists in this fact-based drama


Drama

Rod Lott
One new-to-the-metro film portrays a community so minute, so insular and so far removed from ours, it may as well be science fiction.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Samson and Delilah / Of Gods and Men

Set in impoverished communities, the dramas ‘Samson & Delilah’ and ‘Of Gods and Men’ deal with issues of faith and forced exits.


Drama

Rod Lott
Two new films portray communities so minute, so insular and so far removed from ours, they may as well be science fiction.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jane Eyre

A good adaptation of one of world literature’s essential novels


Drama

Doug Bentin
Perhaps the reason so many adult women became enthralled by the romance of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan is because they never read “Jane Eyre,” which could reasonably be called “Twilight” for grown-ups.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Win Win

A tale of desperate measures in financially desperate times


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” writer/director Thomas McCarthy explored the dynamics of family, but not in the conventional sense.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trust

A cautionary tale with too much melodrama


Drama

Rod Lott
When your tween daughter asks why she can’t have a Facebook account or a MySpace page, take her to see “Trust.”
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

Perhaps plotting a course for reinvention, Matthew McConaughey drives ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ a solid legal thriller.


Drama

Doug Bentin
Ever since the glory days of “Perry Mason,” I’ve been a sucker for stories about slick lawyers who live along the thin line of professional ethics, sometimes on one side, sometimes on the other.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dogtooth

Remarkable.


Drama

Doug Bentin
In “Dogtooth,” a remarkable, absurdist dark comedy from Greece, the meaning of every plot turn and character is up for grabs.
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Illusionist

Nice trick


Drama

Rod Lott
If I could play God, when the Best Animated Feature envelope is torn open at next month’s Oscars, the winner wouldn’t be the presumed lock of “Toy Story 3,” but the dark horse, “The Illusionist.”
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blue Valentine

Hefty dramatic worth and impressive acting


Drama

Rod Lott
While long impressive on the big screen, from “The Station Agent” to “Brokeback Mountain,” Michelle Williams does her best work yet in “Blue Valentine,” the fractured love story that has earned her a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
 
Friday, February 4, 2011

Another Year

Strong acting and little story transform Mike Leigh’s film into a poignant slice of life.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Nothing much happens in Mike Leigh films, at least not in the strictest sense of Plot Mechanics 101. There are no car chases or explosions, not even a juicy epiphany in the final reel.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tiny Furniture

You’ll have a good time watching Lena Dunham have a hard time in her brainy, but buoyant film


Drama

Rod Lott

Warning: Those allergic to quirkiness may be sent into fits of anaphylactic shock by the DIY indie “Tiny Furniture,” but the immune among us will find something of a rough gem. The microbudget dramedy plays Friday through Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I Love You Phillip Morris

Those prone to admiring Jim Carrey may like ‘I Love You Phillip Morris,’ a crime story too good to be true ... yet it is.


Drama

Rod Lott
During one of his multitudinous incarcerations in Texas, slick con man Steven Russell (Jim Carrey, “A Christmas Carol”) meets a pointless little felon named Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor, “The Ghost Writer”) who instantly becomes the love of his life.
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Idiots & Angels

Clipped wings


Drama

Rod Lott
Animator Bill Plympton’s “Idiots & Angels” is not what you’d think, for several reasons.
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
 
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