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Life Itself

Life Itself is an intensely moving portrait of Roger Ebert, the world’s most well-known film critic.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach

Life Itself
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday 
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com 
236-3100 
$7-$9 

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Venus in Fur

Controversial director Roman Polanski’s latest film, Venus in Fur, proves he still has it.


Drama

Phil Bacharach

Venus in Fur
8 p.m. Saturday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art 
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9 

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Third Person

A star-studded cast isn't enough to salvage Paul Haggis' heavy-handed drama.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In 2006, writer-director Paul Haggis surprised and befuddled a lot of Academy Awards prognosticators when he won the Best Picture Oscar for his multistory drama, Crash. He returns to that formula in Third Person, albeit with a pronounced heavy-handedness (and Crash wasn’t exactly subtle) that might leave one pining for something comparatively a bit lighter, such as a colorectal exam.
 
Friday, July 11, 2014

Fab film

After 50 years, The Beatles’ movie debut, A Hard Day's Night, still rocks.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

A Hard Day’s Night

5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$5-$9

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street rises above its evident cash-grab motives.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
22 Jump Street shouldn’t be as funny as it is. It is a sequel of a movie based on a defunct television series, after all, which already renders it suspect as a cash-grab. Moreover, the filmmakers even include winking references to its sequelness, which makes the whole thing even more suspect for playing off the cash-grab as a cynical joke.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars for DreamWorks.


Youth

Phil Bacharach
In 2010, DreamWorks approached the rarified air of Pixar-level animation with How to Train Your Dragon, one of DreamWorks’ few family-friendly offerings that didn’t suffer from an overload of pop culture references. Pixar has proven itself fallible in the ensuing years, but the DreamWorks franchise hasn’t lost any of its fire in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Immigrant

Director James Gray offers stellar melodrama of a foreigner’s journey in America.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In the cacophony of high-concept movies and TV, there’s something to be said for the spare beauty of old-fashioned melodrama. The Immigrant, now playing exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, covers familiar territory: A wide-eyed ingénue in the big city falls prey to the clutches of a bad man. Yet that familiarity is part of what makes these stories so powerful. They speak to things — temptation, suffering and redemption — deeply rooted in our collective being.
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Belle

Belle is a rarity in the summer movie season — it's smart.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Belle is set in the 18th century, but its themes of race and class feel thoroughly contemporary. Don’t be fooled by the prevalence of bodices and powdered wigs. Like the best costume dramas, Belle has resonance for modern-day audiences, especially in a nation with a rapidly growing biracial population and an ever-widening gulf between the very rich and everyone else.
 
Friday, May 23, 2014

Godzilla

The latest incarnation of Godzilla is city-stomping fun.


Action

Phil Bacharach
In Jaws, Steven Spielberg famously delayed before letting movie audiences see the shark. It generated suspense, but the decision was more a pragmatic one since the mechanical fish broke down so often during shooting. Unreliability isn’t much of a problem in the world of CGI, however, with filmmakers able to conjure up almost anything short of a decent Katherine Heigl movie.
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive

The new vampire flick from revered indie director Jim Jarmusch is equal parts brooding and intoxicating.


Drama

Phil Bacharach

The first thing you might notice about the vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive is how effortlessly cosmopolitan they are. Smart, artsy, sexy — these undead are unequivocally cool. That’s no surprise when you consider this is the work of masterful indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, a purveyor of idiosyncratic cool whose credits include Night on EarthGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Broken Flowers.


 
Friday, May 9, 2014

Oculus

The paranormal horror of 'Oculus' is more spooky than scary.


Horror

Phil Bacharach
The late, great movie critic Roger Ebert coined the term “idiot plot” to describe any flick in which the story is set in motion because of its idiotic characters.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a lip-smacking crowd pleaser.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Sometimes you must board the wrong train to get to the right station. It’s a bit of wisdom that figures prominently in — and is offered by — The Lunchbox, a sweetly engaging Hindi-language film about two wounded souls who make an accidental but vital connection in the Indian city of Mumbai. What makes an already-appealing movie all the more delicious is that it is set in motion by food.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel — with its polarizing auteurism — is quintessential Wes Anderson.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to how one feels about Wes Anderson, the filmmaker behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom. His meticulous visual style and unflagging quirkiness have won both ardent fans and detractors; one viewer’s delight is another viewer’s preciousness.

 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tim's Vermeer

In the fascinating Tim’s Vermeer, a man seeks to replicate a Vermeer masterpiece through mirrors and lenses.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
The question of what makes art has fueled debate ever since prehistoric man began etching on the walls of caves, or at least ever since college students began frequenting coffeehouses. Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary by the magician duo Penn & Teller, doesn’t exactly shed light on the definition of art, but it does contribute to the conversation by examining that arcane place where art and technology intersect.
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jung at heart

Animated film mixes in Super 8 film, newsreels and live-action footage to tell an existential tale of family.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
From Korea to Belgium, a boy’s upbringing in Approved for Adoption becomes an existential journey.
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
 
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