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A Film Unfinished

Starkly illustrates both the duplicity and unflinching honesty of cinema


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
The camera doesn’t lie — except, of course, when it does.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rio

Utterly forgettable


Children's

Phil Bacharach
From the conveyer belt of Fox Animation, “Rio” comes equipped with a predictable story, perfunctory characters and presentable visuals.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Win Win

A tale of desperate measures in financially desperate times


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” writer/director Thomas McCarthy explored the dynamics of family, but not in the conventional sense.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The King's Speech

A rare work of Oscar-bait as satisfying as it purports to be


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Last month’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, “The King’s Speech” is one of those films seemingly made with a checklist for garnering such statuettes.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hanna

The action-thriller ‘Hanna’ is all stylish teen angst ... with a body count.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Life can be hard for a 16-year-old girl. Clueless parents, frenemies, boy trouble, pressure over grades, zits: The dramas are nearly Shakespearean. And that doesn’t even take into account the shadowy government agents out to get you.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Paul

As a space-alien comedy, ‘Paul’ is hardly out-of-this-world, but occasionally soars.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Who among us hasn’t searched the nighttime sky and dreamt of life on another planet?
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

‘Real Time,’ red state

Why controversial comic Bill Maher likes visiting red states most of all.


Features

Phil Bacharach

Bill Maher
8 P.m. Saturday Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker, 297-2264
$45-$65

 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cedar Rapids

Ed Helms becomes a bona fide movie star in the funny, sweet ‘Cedar Rapids.’


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Stories of apple-cheeked innocents corrupted by the big, bad world are as old as the dawn of curfew. So when a comedy comes along like “Cedar Rapids,” in which the apple-cheeked innocent is a nerdy man and the big, bad world takes the form of an insurance agents’ convention, it’s not likely to break new ground.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Irish springs

St. Patrick’s Day comes to town early, thanks to Irish punkers Flogging Molly.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Flogging Molly with Moneybrother and The Drowning Men
6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern
diamondballroom.net, 677-9169
$29
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Megamind

More 'meh' than mega


Family

Phil Bacharach
 I don’t presume to know whether the executives at DreamWorks Animation drive hybrids or turn off the lights when they leave a room, but in at least one respect, they appear to be environmentalists: They recycle their own films.
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Liberty’s Bell

Oklahoma ACLU director Joann Bell retires after 20-plus years.


News

Phil Bacharach
As executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Oklahoma affiliate, Bell has been on the front lines of some of the most divisive controversies in arguably the most culturally conservative state in the country.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 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

Leggo my emo

Jimmy Eat World is the reluctant luminary of emo, stuck in ‘The Middle’ of the genre, but paying it no mind


Music

Phil Bacharach
Jimmy Eat World with David Bazan & Band
7 p.m. Saturday
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern
www.diamondballroom.net
677-9169
$22 advance, $24 door
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RED

Only the most hardhearted movie watcher could resist.


Action

Phil Bacharach
RED” coasts by on a lunkheaded charm that earns goodwill, even for an action-comedy that skimps on both serious thrills and big laughs.
 
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good Fortune


Music

Phil Bacharach
Your lucky numbers are 12 and 31, as ’80s metro mainstays The Fortune Tellers make a ballyhooed reunion on New Year’s Eve.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
 
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