Thursday 24 Jul
 
 

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.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0

Sorcerer

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.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Top Articles from Movies

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

Belle

Belle is a rarity in the summer movie season — it's smart.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Belle is set in the 18th century, but its themes of race and class feel thoroughly contemporary. Don’t be fooled by the prevalence of bodices and powdered wigs. Like the best costume dramas, Belle has resonance for modern-day audiences, especially in a nation with a rapidly growing biracial population and an ever-widening gulf between the very rich and everyone else.
 
Friday, May 23, 2014

Godzilla

The latest incarnation of Godzilla is city-stomping fun.


Action

Phil Bacharach
In Jaws, Steven Spielberg famously delayed before letting movie audiences see the shark. It generated suspense, but the decision was more a pragmatic one since the mechanical fish broke down so often during shooting. Unreliability isn’t much of a problem in the world of CGI, however, with filmmakers able to conjure up almost anything short of a decent Katherine Heigl movie.
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive

The new vampire flick from revered indie director Jim Jarmusch is equal parts brooding and intoxicating.


Drama

Phil Bacharach

The first thing you might notice about the vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive is how effortlessly cosmopolitan they are. Smart, artsy, sexy — these undead are unequivocally cool. That’s no surprise when you consider this is the work of masterful indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, a purveyor of idiosyncratic cool whose credits include Night on EarthGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Broken Flowers.


 
Friday, May 9, 2014

Neighbors

A couple and their infant child spar with a hard-partying fraternity in this hilarious and heartfelt crowd-pleaser.


Comedy

Zach Hale
Is there a more unlikely lead actor than Seth Rogen? Since assuming the forefront in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the burly, curly haired Canadian has shown audiences he’s someone they can not only laugh at but root for, doing so in everything from stoner comedies (Pineapple Express) to, well, more stoner comedies (This Is the End). Based solely on the way the film has been marketed, it would be easy to write off Neighbors as yet another Rogen stoner-com — or worse, frat-com — yet doing so would miss the mark entirely.
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Biker Fox

Now available on-demand, Biker Fox documents the bizarre, meme-worthy life of Frank P. DeLarzelere III.


Documentary

Jennifer Chancellor

“Tulsa’s misunderstood motivational cyclist” is an understatement.

 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Back in action

Rebuilding after last May’s tornadoes, Winchester Drive In Theatre is once again open for business.


Features

Louis Fowler
When many local cinephiles heard word that the legendary Winchester Drive In Theatre was hit hard by last year’s epic spate of tornadic activity, an aura of sadness spread throughout the community. After all, the drive-in was a celebratory gathering place for movie fans looking for nostalgia and families looking for inexpensive entertainment, as well as an integral part of the Oklahoma City landscape, a piece of the past that, sadly, is pretty much dead in America.
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jodorowsky's Dune

David Lynch's Dune famously flopped in 1984, but according to a new documentary, the real story is how movie madman Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to do it first.


Documentary

Rod Lott
More than a few books exist on the topic of the greatest movie never made, and more often than not, they include visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s proposed adaptation of Dune. Other incredible examples fill the pages — i.e. James Cameron’s Spider-Man, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon — but the aborted journey of Frank Herbert’s cult sci-fi novel to the big screen is the only one to earn its own documentary feature about what might have been.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oculus

The paranormal horror of 'Oculus' is more spooky than scary.


Horror

Phil Bacharach
The late, great movie critic Roger Ebert coined the term “idiot plot” to describe any flick in which the story is set in motion because of its idiotic characters.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Premiere league

This month’s Premiere on Film Row celebrates superheroes of the world, both fictional and real.


Features

Alissa Lindsey

Premiere on Film Row

6-9 p.m. Friday

Film Row

700 W. Sheridan Ave.

facebook.com/filmrowokc

235-3500

Free

 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeing red

Saturday’s Red Carpet Film Festival highlights the collaborative works of Moore Norman Technology Center students.


Features

Eric Webb

MNTC Red Carpet Film Festival

7 p.m. Saturday

The Sooner Theatre

101 E. Main St., Norman

redcarpetfilmfest.webs.com

364-5763 ext. 4120

$7

 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a lip-smacking crowd pleaser.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
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.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 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

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel — with its polarizing auteurism — is quintessential Wes Anderson.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to how one feels about Wes Anderson, the filmmaker behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom. His meticulous visual style and unflagging quirkiness have won both ardent fans and detractors; one viewer’s delight is another viewer’s preciousness.

 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tim's Vermeer

In the fascinating Tim’s Vermeer, a man seeks to replicate a Vermeer masterpiece through mirrors and lenses.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
The question of what makes art has fueled debate ever since prehistoric man began etching on the walls of caves, or at least ever since college students began frequenting coffeehouses. Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary by the magician duo Penn & Teller, doesn’t exactly shed light on the definition of art, but it does contribute to the conversation by examining that arcane place where art and technology intersect.
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
 
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