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Pixies stick

For a band that hasn’t released an album in two decades, the Pixies are mighty busy.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Pixies with Imaginary Cities
7 p.m. Tuesday
Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center
425 E. California
ticketstorm.com
866-966-1777
$42.50
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

How bitter Coco tastes.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Last year’s debacle over “The Tonight Show” didn’t quite reach Shakespearean proportions, but you sure couldn’t tell it at the time. When Jay Leno left the hallowed television franchise for a stab at prime time, NBC gave the coveted late-night slot to Conan O’Brien, who had been patiently waiting in the late-late-night wings.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Life, Above All

In ‘Life, Above All,’ the impact of AIDS is rarely stated, but often heard.


Drama

Phil Bacharach

AIDS is rarely mentioned in “Life, Above All.” It’s referred to obliquely — a “bug,” “the other thing” — but its grim presence is always felt. When a character finally does call it by name, late in the movie, the effect is startling.

 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Going ape

The documentary ‘Project Nim’ recounts the strange case of Oklahoma’s most famous chimp.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Project Nim
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$8
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Win Win

Thomas McCarthy grabs hold of a winning story in this wise dramedy.


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. The characters in those films created their own families. His latest work now on Blu-ray and DVD, “Win Win,” manages to take a nuclear family and still convert it into something different and deeper.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Another Earth

Out of orbit.


Science Fiction

Phil Bacharach
You’ve got to admire the DIY ethic of “Another Earth.” Raw and grainy, it is steadfastly committed to its own smarts and vision — even if it ultimately falls short of its ambitions.
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One Day


Drama

Phil Bacharach
“One Day” turns on a gimmick, chronicling the tumultuous, on-again/ off-again romance of two people by dropping in on them the same date — July 15 — each year. It’s a clever device, if not enough to disguise the fact that otherwise, this tearjerker is as old-fashioned as they come.
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

No joke, pardner: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ is pure popcorn entertainment.


Science Fiction

Phil Bacharach
“Cowboys & Aliens” sounds like one of those high-concept flicks for which you might expect the idea went no further than the jokey title. Think “Snakes on a Plane.”
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shallow pals

‘Friends with Benefits’ plays edgy, but ultimately opts for safe sex.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Here are a few tips for aspiring moviemakers: If you want to mock the clichés of romantic comedy, try not to fall prey to them yourself.
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bitter Coco

The documentary


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com 236-3100
$8
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

‘Hair’ styles

Lyric Theatre gets all done up for its production of the upbeat musical comedy ‘Hairspray.’


Performing Arts

Phil Bacharach
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker
lyrictheatreokc.com 297-2264
$31-$60
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ is destined to frustrate and bewilder — in a word, it’s amazing.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
For a vast understatement, let’s say “The Tree of Life” is an atypical summer movie.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cedar Rapids

Yes, Virginia, profane comedy can feel cozy.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Stories of apple-cheeked innocents corrupted by the big, bad world are as old as the dawn of curfew.
 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Meek’s Cutoff

A movie about deadly tedium that is nearly a work of deadly tedium itself


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Lest anyone thinks otherwise, wandering the Oregon Trail in 1845 was no walk in the park.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American Teen

A terrific, absorbing documentary about high school life


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
They say youth is wasted on the young. That might be true, but high school is one rite of passage for which young people definitely earn their Purple Hearts.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
 
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