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Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo desperately wants to be a summer blockbuster, mimicking those that came before it and did it better.


Youth

Aimee Williams
In cinema, there is a fine, often debatable line separating homage from imitation. Unquestionably, family-friendly sci-fi flick Earth to Echo is of the latter category.
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Obvious Child

Obvious Child tackles a heavy-hitting issue with both nuance and hilarity.


Comedy

Aimee Williams
Stand-up comedians are known to mask vulnerabilities in self-deflecting insult humor or shock-value one-liners rather than embrace their flaws as part of their material.
 
Friday, June 27, 2014

Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood tackles Broadway hit Jersey Boys, and despite its masterful casting, the film largely rings hollow.


Drama

Aimee Williams
It must be surreal to see your career reduced to a sluggish, 134-minute product dangling between musical and mob drama.
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Far from dead

This year’s deadCENTER Film Festival features an influx of Oklahoma talent, a byproduct of the state’s burgeoning film industry.


Features

Aimee Williams
deadCENTER Film Festival
Thursday-Sunday
Downtown Oklahoma City
deadcenterfilm.org
246-9233
$10-$125
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Native roots


Performing Arts

Aimee Williams

Red Earth Festival
6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
1 Remington Place 
redearth.org/red-earth-festival 
424-1000
$7.50-$10 

 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Maleficent

Not without its shortcomings, Disney’s Maleficent features extravagant visuals and a powerful performance from Angelina Jolie.


Youth

Aimee Williams
In Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent, an antiquated fairy tale gets a progressive rewrite and a gratuitous 3-D makeover. Unlike Disney’s previous retellings (Oz the Great and PowerfulAlice in Wonderland), the highly anticipated Maleficent admirably attempts to present fully rounded female characters and make necessary the evil inherent in the 1959 animation. Fans anticipating glamorous malevolence, thanks to Angelina Jolie’s fiercely sculpted cheekbones in promo media, can expect a bit more to the story than sheer vengeance.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Against all odds

The story of an underdog thoroughbred, Mine That Bird, is depicted in a new film and mobile bus tour.


Features

Aimee Williams
The talent behind the upcoming 50 to 1 movie is democratizing their film premiere, swapping the red carpet for a tour bus.
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sundance kids

Two local screenwriters caught the eye of William H. Macy, who filmed Rudderless — his feature-length directorial debut — right here in Oklahoma.


Features

Aimee Williams
Last time Oklahoma Gazette checked in with Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, the two local filmmakers had a screenplay touted by actor William H. Macy on its way to production, with hopes of seeing the project through to the end.
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto turn in award-worthy performances in this HIV/AIDS drama.


Drama

Aimee Williams

Ron Woodroof’s story has not been as extensively acknowledged as documented celebrity cases of HIV/ AIDS (e.g. Anthony Perkins, Magic Johnson, Freddie Mercury) and, until now, has remained in the mainstream media’s peripheral.

 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

About Time

Not even time travel can save this charming, but largely by-the-book romantic comedy.


Comedy

Aimee Williams
Anglophiles rejoice! Love Actually director Richard Curtis is back with an easy-to-digest rom-com with a twist of magical realism.
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spectacular story

Oklahoma author Tim Tharp approves of The Spectacular Now’s buzzed-about film adaptation.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Tim Tharp doesn’t need vampires, magical powers or a dystopian backdrop to make his novels relevant. The award-winning, Oklahoma-based author’s realism distinguishes him from the bulk of young-adult storytellers.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen's latest is immersed in melancholy as the tale of one woman's yearning for normalcy.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Cinema has seen its fair share of manic females and nervous breakdowns, but no one captures bourgeois-Anglo neurosis as astutely as Woody Allen.
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I'm So Excited

Don’t be too excited for Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited and its slapstick comedy aboard an airplane.


Comedy

Aimee Williams
When the male flight attendants eventually do an impromptu, drunken dance routine to the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited,” it seems as if Almodovar felt he had to formulate an entire comedy to justify this sole dance sequence, when a short film most likely would have sufficed.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Brontë Sisters

Poetry in emotion.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Originally released in 1979, André Téchiné’s The Brontë Sisters takes the previously highly fictionalized story of the Bronte sisters and imposes an auteur’s vision.
 
Saturday, August 10, 2013

On the Road

Hey, Jack Kerouac, they finally made a movie of your classic novel. Now for the tricky part ...


Drama

Aimee Williams
Walter Salles’ On the Road extends a fragmented blip on the map of American poetry — one that doesn’t necessitate resurrection.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
 
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