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Iron Man 3

This metal is still precious.


Action

Rod Lott
You’ll hear the phrase “hot mess” bandied about the whole of Iron Man 3. For a while — the entire first act, really — the film embodies it, minus the hot.
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Manborg

Part man. Part machine. All really funny.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Following its hilarious Father’s Day, the ’80s-obsessed Canadian quintet known as Astron-6 unleashes another inspired homage/parody in Manborg. Instead of vengeance, sci-fi is the skewered genre of choice. And Manborg is indeed choice.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dragon

Starring the ever-valuable Yen.


Action

Rod Lott
Ignore the Weinsteins’ needless re-christening of the Hong Kong film Wu Xia as the ever-generic Dragon. The important thing is that director Peter Chan (The Love Letter) has made not only one of the better martial-arts pictures of the new millennium thus far, but one that holds appeal to audiences not attuned to the genre.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Revenge for Jolly!

‘Revenge’ is a dish best ignored.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Your first sign that Revenge for Jolly! may not be for you: the dead dog hanging in the protagonist’s living room.

There are more.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Bowery Boys: Volume Two


Comedy

Rod Lott
In the span of a decade, post-World War II, the comedy team known as The Bowery Boys (née The East Side Kids, née The Dead End Kids) made 48 movies. Up until now, I’d seen exactly zero of them.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fast Company / Fast and Loose / Fast and Furious

We detect a book-smart mystery series.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In tacking the word “fast” onto each of these three comedy-minded mysteries, MGM wasn’t joking. Not only are the running times of the films brief, but its lead characters rattle through their dialogue like a teenager to pizza.
 
Monday, April 29, 2013

The Wicked

Will leave you not spellbound, but spellbored.


Horror

Rod Lott
When you put a little kid in danger in your first scene, as The Wicked does, I'm in. That’s a fairly bold move, and it signals that the film is going to — pardon my French — have some balls and do something different.
 
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Birdemic 2: The Resurrection

What the flock?!?


Thriller

Rod Lott
For those worried that Birdemic 2: The Resurrection doesn’t match the awfulness of the 2010 original, know this: The first five minutes are of its ostensible leading man walking. The first exchange of dialogue: “Hi!” “Hi.”
 
Friday, April 26, 2013

Gangster Squad

Speaking ‘Confidential’ly ...


Action

Rod Lott
Gangster Squad takes place in 1949 Los Angeles, a time when the Hollywood sign still sported “LAND” at the end, and a time that looks like L.A. Confidentiala lot like L.A. Confidential.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Upstream Color

Viewers may not be able to decipher it, but its artful mysteries are compelling enough to try.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Upstream Color
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

‘Side’ effects

OCU alum Erika Hebron feels oh-so-pretty to be part of ‘West Side Story,’ the iconic musical now in OKC as part of a national tour.


Performing Arts

Rod Lott
West Side Story
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker
okcciviccenter.com
297-2264
$20-$60

 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

K-11

Bar none, a one-of-a-kind kick.


Drama

Rod Lott
How weird that in its brief theatrical run, K-11 attracted more attention for who the director is (the mother of Twilight starlet Kristen Stewart) than for its outlandish subject matter (transgendered inmates). That oversight is as insane as this movie, which is new to Blu-ray.
 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Terminator Anthology

Get it before Skynet takes over.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Quoth the cyborg, “I’ll be back.” And he was. And now again, this time in the form of Terminator Anthology, Warner Home Video’s Blu-ray box set of the four franchise films to date. It could be argued that the movies stopped being good when James Cameron stopped directing them. After revisiting the quartet, I don't agree — I strongly agree.
 
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wuss!

Class dismissed.


Comedy

Rod Lott
For those who tired of the inspirational-teacher subgenre that flourished in the ’80s and ’90s — think Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Dead Poets Society — there’s Wuss! Exclamation theirs, the film illustrates why I never would want to teach public school in today’s environment, even as a mere sub.
 
Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Jet Li slithers into a fairy tale with fights.


Action

Rod Lott
Although front-and-center on the Blu-ray box and the film’s trailers, Expendables team member Jet Li takes more of a supporting role in The Sorcerer and the White Snake. This shouldn’t be a surprise; about to turn 50, the guy isn’t as spry as he used to be. What is a surprise is how kid-friendly the Hong Kong film is. With little exception, it’s practically made for them.
 
Friday, April 19, 2013
 
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