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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

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

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

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

Blind Date

Yippee-ki-hic!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Remove all the Billy Vera & the Beaters songs, and time has been pretty kind to 1987's Blind Date. Arguably the last good movie directed by Tulsa-born comedy legend Blake Edwards, it's new to Blu-ray, just shy of its (gulp) 30th anniversary.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Banshee Chapter / You're Next

Not all horror is rote, kids!


Horror

Rod Lott
More than just a DVD with a cool cover, Banshee Chapter is a rarity among indie horror: It's actually about something. And it's also genuinely frightening.
 
Friday, January 31, 2014

The Postman Always Rings Twice

An argument against stamping out remakes.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once upon a time — 1981, I believe — Jack Nicholson was considered a sex symbol and Jessica Lange, a joke. My, how times have changed, even if the film noir that put them together, The Postman Always Rings Twice, has not. The second screen telling of James M. Cain's potboiler novel, Postman finally has comes a-knockin' on Blu-ray.
 
Friday, January 31, 2014

The Conjuring / Insidious: Chapter 2

Scaring something in common.


Horror

Rod Lott
Modern horror's greatest hope, standing above found footage and teen-aimed remakes, is director James Wan. I first recognized the potential in 2007's Dead Silence, his underseen throwback follow-up to the breakthrough that was Saw, but 2010's Insidious made it official.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Short of clues.


Action

Rod Lott

Tsui Hark struck gold with 2010’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, marking a return to form for the Hong Kong director following several lackluster, effects-driven flops.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scorned

Hell hath ... aw, you know the rest.


Thriller

Rod Lott
For those who always have wanted to see Titanic cad Billy Zane have a lit cigar put out in his left ear, rejoice! Scorned is your movie.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Badder equals better.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Strange as it sounds, come March 2, one of the films that stands a good chance of walking home with an Academy Award is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It’s one of three nominees in the category of makeup, but still, the recognition marks real progress for films that open with a senior citizen getting his junk caught in a vending machine.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pit Stop

While unshowy in its storytelling, this gay-themed relationship drama doesn’t have enough story to tell.


Drama

Rod Lott
Pit Stop
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Black Water Vampire

Bites down hard.


Horror

Rod Lott

Two takeaways from The Black Water Vampire

1. I really like the cover logo. 

2. Holy crap, Blair Witch much?

 
Monday, January 20, 2014

Carrie / Dario Argento's Dracula 3D

Everything old is boo again.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Carrie, director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) bravely steps up to the challenge of remaking Brian De Palma's 1976 horror classic — one of the genre's few to boast Academy Award nominations in major categories — but one senses even she knows her version will pale.
 
Monday, January 20, 2014
 
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