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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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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

My Dog Tulip


Drama

Rod Lott
A man of letters finds life totally bitchin’ with ‘My Dog Tulip,’ a quaint animated film for big people.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The King's Speech


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Colin Firth is extraordinary as the stutterer who would be king in ‘The King’s Speech.’
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Fighter


Drama

Rod Lott
And in this corner, ‘The Fighter,’ a knockout drama about the battles of pro boxer Micky Ward, both in and out of the ring.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black Swan


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Darren Aronofsky’s psychosexual ballet thriller is trash — irresistible trash.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Made in Dagenham


Drama

Rod Lott
This recounting of the Ford sewing machinists’ strike of 1968 for equal pay isn’t quite seamless.
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

127 Hours

 
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Conviction

 
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hereafter

 
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Secretariat

 
Thursday, October 14, 2010
 
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