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Narco Cultura

Crimes and rhymes collide in this disturbing and powerful documentary about the celebratory culture spawned by Mexico's drug war.


Documentary

Rod Lott

Richi Soto is a busy man. As a crime scene investigator in Juárez, Mexico — aka the murder capital of the world — how could he not be?

 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Saturn 3

Ring around the risible.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

What's a director of classic musicals doing in science fiction? Making Saturn 3, one of the worst of the genre Hollywood made in the immediate post-Star Wars / Alien era. Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) takes to it about as well as you'd expect; he's in over his head.

 
Monday, December 2, 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.
 
Monday, December 2, 2013

The Seasoning House

The weak of heart will Balk.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Neither a chain of spice stores nor a Food Network program, The Seasoning House is a bleak-as-nuclear-winter thriller set during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. A deaf girl named Angel (Brit teen Rosie Day) is taken from her home by soldiers who shoot her mother dead. 
 
Monday, December 2, 2013

We're the Millers

And you'll laugh lots.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Imagine if Vacation patriarch Clark W. Griswold dabbled in drugs, not food additives. That's essentially We're the Millers, a family-on-a-road-trip comedy about a fake family and fake road trip. At least the laughs are genuine, and plentiful.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas

Bah, humbug.


Comedy

Rod Lott
I plead guilty: My friends and I have goofed around with a camcorder before and made stupid movies, but we were smart enough to know that no one outside ourselves would think they were funny. If only the makers of Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas realized the same. 
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Eve of Destruction

Aims for 'Terminator' territory.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Military marksman Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines, Running Scared) is called into top-secret duty to neutralize a surveillance robot gone haywire in San Francisco. It won't be easy, because for one thing, the android is undetectable from a human. For another, it has a built-in nuclear bomb that will detonate upon imminent threat.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Short Term 12

The indie drama gets a huge performance out of a small story.


Drama

Rod Lott

Short Term 12
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, November 20, 2013

The Eyes of Charles Sand

The 'Eyes' have it. Kind of.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
At the exact moment of his elderly uncle's fatal heart attack in the middle of the night, Charles Sand (Peter Haskell, The Phantom of Hollywood) has a dream of the family member in a coffin. This is Charles' first inclination he has been given the gift of "The Sight." Or is it a curse? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Grabbers

Will it reach out and grab ya?

 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Breaking the Girls

Boring the audience.


Thriller

Rod Lott
We've already seen one female Strangers on a Train rip-off this year — or at least I have — in the direct-to-DVD Kill for Me. We didn't need another, but have one anyway in IFC Films' Breaking the Girls, somehow even less remarkable despite bearing a higher pedigree.
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Samson & Delilah

Down and out in Down Under.


Drama

Rod Lott
Samson & Delilah portrays a community so minute, so insular and so far removed from ours, it may as well be science fiction. Neither a documentary nor a remake of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 biblical epic, this Cannes Film Festival honoree depicts the dull, dreary life among dwellers of the Central Australian desert.
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Body Bags / Assault on Precinct 13

Tales from the Carp.


Horror

Rod Lott
John Carpenter is a hoot as the host of Body Bags, a 1993 horror anthology that was to Showtime what Tales from the Crypt was to HBO at the time, only not a continuing series. Playing the pasty-faced coroner who intros the telepic's three stories, Carpenter also directs the first two, leaving the final to Texas Chainsaw impresario Tobe Hooper.
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Clear History

Curb your enthusiasm.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Technically, Larry David may not be playing "Larry David" in Clear History, but let's not kid ourselves. The made-for-HBO movie might as well be a Very Special Episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm — it has the beats, the rhythms, the observational improvisation, the happy-go-lucky music, the lisps of J.B. Smoove and, of course, Larry David doing Larry David. The guy has the range of a Playskool walkie-talkie, but hey, can't that be enjoyable for a while? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Bounty Killer

The future looks foxy.


Action

Rod Lott
Ever since I saw Bitch Slap in 2009, I've been on the lookout for another comedic actioner featuring an inordinately sexy woman doing inordinately masculine things. So far, the closest I've found is the new Bounty Killer.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013
 
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