OKGazette.com - Drama http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-93-1-drama.html <![CDATA[The Lunchbox - <i>The Lunchbox</i> is a lip-smacking crowd pleaser.]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Jung at heart - Animated film mixes in Super 8 film, newsreels and live-action footage to tell an existential tale of family.]]> From Korea to Belgium, a boy’s upbringing in Approved for Adoption becomes an existential journey.]]> <![CDATA[The Wind Rises - <i>The Wind Rises</i> is a high-flying exit for master animator Hayao Miyazaki ]]> Fans of Hayao Miyazaki were understandably disappointed when Japan’s master animator announced that his latest feature, The Wind Rises, would also be his last. The 73-yearold filmmaker has given us some of animation’s most brilliant and beautiful works, including My Neighbor Totoro and 2001’s Oscar-winning Spirited AwaySo, yeah, the guy has definitely earned his retirement, and the studio he helped found, Studio Ghibli, is sure to continue making terrific pictures. But it doesn’t make Miyazaki’s departure any less bittersweet.]]> <![CDATA[Philomena - In contention for four Academy Awards, <i>Philomena</i> boasts two fine performances in a story of a woman raised in a convent and a current disgraced journalist. ]]>

Philomena

5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

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<![CDATA[The Past - <i>The Past</i>, an explosive tale of relationships in crisis, is another triumph for Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi]]> Asghar Farhadi burst on the international stage with 2011’s Oscar-winning A Separation, but he was making great movies in his native Iran well before the world took notice. It’s not surprising, then, that the director is no fly-by-night talent. His latest, The Past, is another brutally effective exploration of domestic crisis.]]> <![CDATA[The Hunt - With one lie lobbed his way, an honorable man is marked as persona non grata in this powerful Danish drama up for a well-deserved Oscar.]]>

The Hunt

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

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<![CDATA[Judges Creed - A desperate man takes desperate measures — and is forced to confront demons in the process — in the locally shot <i>Judges Creed</i>.]]>

Judges Creed

8 p.m. Saturday

Oklahoma Contemporary

3000 General Pershing Blvd.

oklahomacontemporary.org

951-0000

$5

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<![CDATA[Pit Stop - While unshowy in its storytelling, this gay-themed relationship drama doesn’t have enough story to tell.]]> Pit Stop
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9
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<![CDATA[Her - More than just a futuristic love story, Spike Jonze’s <i>Her</i> is a timely, philosophical masterwork.]]> The futuristic Los Angeles depicted in Her is hardly dystopian. Instead of war-torn landscapes and flying robot drones, director Spike Jonze offers Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, The Master), a lonesome writer in the midst of a divorce, and the soft, affectionate voice of Samantha (Scarlet Johannson, Don Jon), a computer-based operating system with whom he falls in love.]]> <![CDATA[August: Osage County - Set and shot in Oklahoma, <i>August: Osage County</i> loses its darkly comic teeth on the way to the silver screen. Now, it simply bites.]]> August: Osage County is the worst kind of Oscar bait: unearned. Seemingly hoping to join the race by pedigree alone, the Oklahoma-set family drama is as patently false as a plastic worm concealing the business end of a fishing hook. At a glance, it looks like the real deal, but look closer. See, kids? All for show!]]> <![CDATA[Saving Mr. Banks - Making Disney's Mary Poppins was anything but merry, as this winner shows.]]> If there's one thing Hollywood loves more than itself, it's stories about itself. From The Artist to Argo, these films have translated into Tinseltown's ultimate display of self-affection: Oscar gold.]]> <![CDATA[Inside Llewyn Davis - The Coen brothers’ new film is a heady, heartfelt character study and period piece. In other words, quintessential Coen.]]> The album artwork for 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was nothing if not iconic. The image of a young Dylan with then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo clinging to his side, walking down a snow-covered street in New York’s Greenwich Village embodied the early ’60s folk movement like no other. It’s also where Inside Llewyn Davis makes its music.]]> <![CDATA[Kill Your Darlings - Surge, Ginsberg!]]> To paraphrase Allan Ginsberg, I saw the best biopics of my generation destroyed by a need to include as much as possible in them, stuffing hysterically.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto turn in award-worthy performances in this HIV/AIDS drama.]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Short Term 12 - The indie drama gets a huge performance out of a small story.]]>

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

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<![CDATA[12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen's emotionally jarring biopic depicts slavery in a way that few, if any, have ever dared.]]> Slavery was a dark and shameful time in American history — unequivocally the darkest. Yet while the era has been portrayed on the silver screen in countless films, director Steve McQueen (ShameHunger) presents it with unprecedented realism in 12 Years a Slave — one of the most profoundly gut-wrenching, visceral works of 21st-century cinema you're bound to encounter.]]> <![CDATA[Captain Phillips - Paul Greengrass commandeers this true story into waters no other director would travel.]]>

Paul Greengrass has some real cojones, man.

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<![CDATA[Ain't Them Bodies Saints - Dallas-based director David Lowery breaks through with a challenging and provocative crime romance.]]>

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
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

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<![CDATA[Running Deer - Brent Ryan Green’s award-winning short captures Native American life positively on film.]]>

Most people toil away at film school for years before they even touch a movie camera. Not Oklahoma City director Brent Ryan Green. He went about it the old-fashioned way: learning by doing.

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<![CDATA[This Is Martin Bonner - A portrait of an ordinary man starting over in life, this is an outstanding drama.]]>

This Is Martin Bonner
5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9

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