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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.
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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Sex Tape

Even by summer-comedy standards, Sex Tape is a remarkably underwhelming affair.


Comedy

Zach Hale
How much do you really know about The Cloud? You know, that mysterious place — utilized by services such as Dropbox, iCloud, etc. — where we store digital data in order to access it across multiple devices. For Annie (Cameron Diaz, The Other Woman) and Jay (Jason Segel, The Five-Year Engagement), the kinky couple at the center of raunchy new comedy Sex Tape, the answer is not much. And like its protagonists, the movie is more awkward and hollow than it is stimulating.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fab film

After 50 years, The Beatles’ movie debut, A Hard Day's Night, still rocks.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach

A Hard Day’s Night

5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$5-$9

 
Wednesday, July 2, 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

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street rises above its evident cash-grab motives.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
22 Jump Street shouldn’t be as funny as it is. It is a sequel of a movie based on a defunct television series, after all, which already renders it suspect as a cash-grab. Moreover, the filmmakers even include winking references to its sequelness, which makes the whole thing even more suspect for playing off the cash-grab as a cynical joke.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West

The new comedy from Seth MacFarlane manages to tire despite exerting minimal effort.


Comedy

Zach Hale
There’s a moment toward the climax of A Million Ways to Die in the West that finds Seth MacFarlane — the film’s director, co-writer and lead actor — hiding among a sea of sheep. As he lays in the dirt, he looks up, and a male member of the herd proceeds to urinate on his face. This particular gag is, for lack of a better phrase, the entire movie in a nutshell.
 
Monday, June 2, 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

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

The Wolf of Wall Street

Excess becomes a bit, um, excessive in the new film from Martin Scorsese.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
After venturing outside his comfort zone in 2011’s family-friendly Hugo, Martin Scorsese returns to his cinematic turf of crooks, creeps and crime in The Wolf of Wall Street.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

American Hustle

David O. Russell's latest proves there’s still a lot of criminal fun to be had from the time of polyester and disco.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Starting a major motion picture with a bald guy working on a comb-over isn’t the most obvious of choices. But American Hustle begins with Christian Bale, paunchy and fleshy and in decidedly non-Dark Knight shape, fixing his hair with a watchmaker’s precision. He glues down a massive comb-over and maneuvers a monstrous toupee before the coup de grâce: dousing the hirsute creation in nearly half a can of hairspray.
 
Friday, December 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

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Rather than retire, the Jackass franchise flirts with fiction — if not sexually harasses it — in the semi-scripted, wholly hilarious Bad Grandpa.


Comedy

Rod Lott

Riotous as they are, the Jackass movies have not been immune to the law of diminishing returns — in terms of laughs, not box office. That the fourth feature, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, is the funniest since the first, 2002's Jackass: The Movie, is something of an unexpected achievement.

 
Friday, October 25, 2013

Queerbait

Shot in OKC, the VHS comedy Queerbait has so much against it — no script, a $100 budget, a 24-hour shoot — yet you'll be hooked.


Comedy

Rod Lott

Queerbait
8:30 p.m. Friday
The Paramount OKC
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
theparamountokc.com
517-0787
free

 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cultish comedy

"Weird Al" Yankovic’s Oklahoma-sized motion picture debut, UHF, celebrates 25 years this month.


Comedy

Louis Fowler

The summer of 1989 was one of the biggest blockbuster summers of all time, with hit movie after hit movie released, including Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In the middle of this cluttered schedule, a little low-budget comedy starring song-parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic titled UHF was quietly released and then quickly disappeared into the cinematic flotsam.

 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ghost Team One

A spirited spoof.


Comedy

Rod Lott
With this Halloween season being the first without a new chapter in the Paranormal Activity series, perhaps a Paranormal Activity spoof is the next best thing. There's no shortage of them, but of the roughly half-dozen I've seen, Ghost Team One is the only one worth watching. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 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
 
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