Tuesday 22 Jul

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JEWEL Fashion Show
6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Gaillardia Golf & Country Club

5300 Gaillardia Blvd, Oklahoma City ieew.org
$100 advance purchase online only

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Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
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William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
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None July 7th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: B


As winner of the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Once," a quasi-musical from Ireland, has generated buzz usually reserved for the likes of iPhones and Shrouds of Turin. But this low-budgeter is best appreciated if you put aside expectations and surrender yourself to its modest charms.


Writer-director John Carney's flick is so simple that the lead characters don't even have names; the credits list them as "the guy" and "the girl." Irish rocker Glen Hansard plays the former, a street musician toiling away in his father's vacuum cleaner repair shop. He meets up with a girl (Markéta Irglová), a Czech immigrant struggling to earn a living for her mother and infant daughter. They're attracted to each other. Both carry emotional baggage from other relationships, however, so they pour their shared passion into making music. And beautiful music, it is - earnest folk-rock ballads reminiscent of Coldplay and Jeff Buckley.


Despite its gritty vibe, "Once" is occasionally too sappy for its own good, but the sour notes are few and far between. R  


-Phil Bacharach


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