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Machine Head

Spring break is broken.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once saddled with the unimaginative-but-accurate title of Spring Break Killer, the indie thriller Machine Head has several things going for it: actual direction, a location with built-in production value, a solid handle on ambience, a terrific soundtrack and it's not based on the intolerable, same-named Bush song, so omnipresent on FM radio in the mid-'90s. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In Fear

Fear itself.


Thriller

Rod Lott
In Fear is a British take on that hoary Hollywood premise of two 20-somethings menaced by a third. Although the film is largely improvised, viewers will notice only one new thing about it: The hipsters at its center are en route to a music festival. Had Anchor Bay Entertainment wished to exploit that fact for the Blu-ray release, it could have retitled the film Bonnarubes, Coach-hella or Glastonburied. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beneath

Just when you thought it was safe ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Six newly graduated high schoolers get together for one last shebang, which goes sour. You've seen that before, but not from indie director Larry Fessenden.
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Slumber Party Massacre

Drill, baby, drill!


Horror

Rod Lott
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer. 
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Last Days on Mars

Mars needs Lysol.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong? 
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Darkman

Who is Darkman? It's time you knew.


Action

Rod Lott
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray. 
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bad behavior

Why is watching bad guys so damned good?


Television series

Rod Lott
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Philomena

In contention for four Academy Awards, Philomena boasts two fine performances in a story of a woman raised in a convent and a current disgraced journalist. 


Drama

Rod Lott

Philomena

5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Armstrong Lie

A portrait of a vicious cycle.


Documentary

Rod Lott

Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.

 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Hunt

With one lie lobbed his way, an honorable man is marked as persona non grata in this powerful Danish drama up for a well-deserved Oscar.


Drama

Rod Lott

The Hunt

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Haunter

Little Miss Sunshine enters The Twilight Zone.


Horror

Rod Lott

Haunter isn't the typical chiller one would expect from the IFC Midnight label — mostly because it's tame enough that it could be enjoyed by almost the entire family.

 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Judges Creed

A desperate man takes desperate measures — and is forced to confront demons in the process — in the locally shot Judges Creed.


Drama

Rod Lott

Judges Creed

8 p.m. Saturday

Oklahoma Contemporary

3000 General Pershing Blvd.

oklahomacontemporary.org

951-0000

$5

 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Reel Zombies / Sorority Party Massacre

Ha? Bah.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Despite horror comedies being extremely difficult to pull off, indie filmmakers keep trying, to a degree of sheer obliviousness. The latest examples are Reel Zombies and Sorority Party Massacre, both of which come off as in-jokes — not exactly the most ingratiating approach for attracting an audience.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Escape Plan

Sly and Arnie, bar none.


Action

Rod Lott
Back in the mid-1980s, when Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were box-office rivals, a true pairing of the two — Expendables ensembles don't count — would have grossed millions of kajillions of dollars. 
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Witchboard / Night of the Demons

Oh, what a 'Night!'


Horror

Rod Lott
Some things never change; Witchboard opens with an argument over intelligent design and references crises in the Middle East. Yet some things do; cheesy horror movies like Witchboard used to open wide across this great land of ours, thriving and profiting on their way to assured cults via home video. Nowadays, they have to skip theaters entirely. The loss is ours, collective nation!
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 
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