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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

Irish springs

St. Patrick’s Day comes to town early, thanks to Irish punkers Flogging Molly.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Flogging Molly with Moneybrother and The Drowning Men
6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern
diamondballroom.net, 677-9169
$29
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Megamind

More 'meh' than mega


Family

Phil Bacharach
 I don’t presume to know whether the executives at DreamWorks Animation drive hybrids or turn off the lights when they leave a room, but in at least one respect, they appear to be environmentalists: They recycle their own films.
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Liberty’s Bell

Oklahoma ACLU director Joann Bell retires after 20-plus years.


News

Phil Bacharach
As executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Oklahoma affiliate, Bell has been on the front lines of some of the most divisive controversies in arguably the most culturally conservative state in the country.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another Year

Strong acting and little story transform Mike Leigh’s film into a poignant slice of life.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Nothing much happens in Mike Leigh films, at least not in the strictest sense of Plot Mechanics 101. There are no car chases or explosions, not even a juicy epiphany in the final reel.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Leggo my emo

Jimmy Eat World is the reluctant luminary of emo, stuck in ‘The Middle’ of the genre, but paying it no mind


Music

Phil Bacharach
Jimmy Eat World with David Bazan & Band
7 p.m. Saturday
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern
www.diamondballroom.net
677-9169
$22 advance, $24 door
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RED

Only the most hardhearted movie watcher could resist.


Action

Phil Bacharach
RED” coasts by on a lunkheaded charm that earns goodwill, even for an action-comedy that skimps on both serious thrills and big laughs.
 
Thursday, January 20, 2011

The King's Speech


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Colin Firth is extraordinary as the stutterer who would be king in ‘The King’s Speech.’
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black Swan


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Darren Aronofsky’s psychosexual ballet thriller is trash — irresistible trash.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Good Fortune


Music

Phil Bacharach
Your lucky numbers are 12 and 31, as ’80s metro mainstays The Fortune Tellers make a ballyhooed reunion on New Year’s Eve.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Return of the King


Music

Phil Bacharach
Travis LeDoyt channels Elvis, circa 1956.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Which comes first?


News

Phil Bacharach
CNG proponents hope an anticipated increase in fueling stations will translate into more CNG vehicles.
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

127 Hours

 
Thursday, December 2, 2010
 
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