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Shallow pals

‘Friends with Benefits’ plays edgy, but ultimately opts for safe sex.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Here are a few tips for aspiring moviemakers: If you want to mock the clichés of romantic comedy, try not to fall prey to them yourself.
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bitter Coco

The documentary


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
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
$8
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

‘Hair’ styles

Lyric Theatre gets all done up for its production of the upbeat musical comedy ‘Hairspray.’


Performing Arts

Phil Bacharach
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker
lyrictheatreokc.com 297-2264
$31-$60
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ is destined to frustrate and bewilder — in a word, it’s amazing.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
For a vast understatement, let’s say “The Tree of Life” is an atypical summer movie.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cedar Rapids

Yes, Virginia, profane comedy can feel cozy.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Stories of apple-cheeked innocents corrupted by the big, bad world are as old as the dawn of curfew.
 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Meek’s Cutoff

A movie about deadly tedium that is nearly a work of deadly tedium itself


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Lest anyone thinks otherwise, wandering the Oregon Trail in 1845 was no walk in the park.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American Teen

A terrific, absorbing documentary about high school life


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
They say youth is wasted on the young. That might be true, but high school is one rite of passage for which young people definitely earn their Purple Hearts.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Film Unfinished

Starkly illustrates both the duplicity and unflinching honesty of cinema


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
The camera doesn’t lie — except, of course, when it does.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rio

Utterly forgettable


Youth

Phil Bacharach
From the conveyer belt of Fox Animation, “Rio” comes equipped with a predictable story, perfunctory characters and presentable visuals.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Win Win

A tale of desperate measures in financially desperate times


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” writer/director Thomas McCarthy explored the dynamics of family, but not in the conventional sense.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The King's Speech

A rare work of Oscar-bait as satisfying as it purports to be


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Last month’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, “The King’s Speech” is one of those films seemingly made with a checklist for garnering such statuettes.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hanna

The action-thriller ‘Hanna’ is all stylish teen angst ... with a body count.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Life can be hard for a 16-year-old girl. Clueless parents, frenemies, boy trouble, pressure over grades, zits: The dramas are nearly Shakespearean. And that doesn’t even take into account the shadowy government agents out to get you.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Paul

As a space-alien comedy, ‘Paul’ is hardly out-of-this-world, but occasionally soars.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Who among us hasn’t searched the nighttime sky and dreamt of life on another planet?
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

‘Real Time,’ red state

Why controversial comic Bill Maher likes visiting red states most of all.


Features

Phil Bacharach

Bill Maher
8 P.m. Saturday Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker, 297-2264
$45-$65

 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cedar Rapids

Ed Helms becomes a bona fide movie star in the funny, sweet ‘Cedar Rapids.’


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Stories of apple-cheeked innocents corrupted by the big, bad world are as old as the dawn of curfew. So when a comedy comes along like “Cedar Rapids,” in which the apple-cheeked innocent is a nerdy man and the big, bad world takes the form of an insurance agents’ convention, it’s not likely to break new ground.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
 
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