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Fred Won’t Move Out

A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Fred Won’t Move Out
5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8

 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis embodies America's arguably greatest president.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Lincoln practically shouts “prestige production” before you’ve even had a chance to buy your popcorn. A costume drama about one of this nation’s most revered historical figures, this is the kind of film irresistible to awards groups.
 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dust to dust

The latest film by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns chronicles a dark, dusty chapter in Oklahoma history.


Features

Phil Bacharach
Even after 80-plus years, Oklahoma remains firmly identified with, and haunted by, the Dust Bowl.
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Your Sister's Sister

Three’s a crowd in one fine film.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
In an age of cinema jammed with reboots, remakes and raunch, it's a welcome revelation to come across the heartfelt Your Sister's Sister on Blu-ray and DVD, in which low-budget indie meets comedy of manners.
 
Monday, November 5, 2012

Wanda Jackson — Unfinished Business


Rock

Phil Bacharach
You can’t keep genuine royalty from flaunting their power. Wanda Jackson, the 1950s’ Queen of Rockabilly who set the standard for rock ’n’ roll women and even managed to get Elvis Presley hot and bothered, is back with Unfinished Business.
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Argo

As a director, Ben Affleck ratchets up the tension in this fact-based thriller.


Thriller

Phil Bacharach
Generating suspense from a story that is a matter of historical record is no easy thing. That was the primary challenge facing Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio, the director-star and writer, respectively, of Argo, a thriller inspired by a real-life covert operation that helped rescue six U.S. embassy workers out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. It's a testament to the skills of the filmmakers that Argo delivers a deluge of suspense even when its ending is never in doubt.
 
Monday, October 15, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' deftly grasps the pains and joys of high school.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
John Hughes, for all the love people heap on his ’80s teen movies, was far too easy on high school. Maybe your high school experience was different than mine — and, if so, congrats. For many of us, however, those years were a marathon of self-pity, heartache, passion and anything else you’d find on an album by The Smiths.
 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Searching for Sugar Man

One sweet rockumentary.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
This is a golden age of documentaries, and I don’t mean the propagandistic variety via Michael Moore or 2016: Obama’s America. Given the pervasive timidity and lack of imagination in Hollywood today, film buffs are well advised to take stock of documentaries, where the most gripping stories are being told.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Looper

It's a real time killer.


Science Fiction

Phil Bacharach
Hurray for movies with ideas. In Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson crams in so many, it initially looks as if this sci-fi actioner might collapse under the weight of them all. Dystopian society, time travel, telekinesis, gangland killings — there are a lot of ground rules to keep track of here, much of them conveyed through the wobbly device of a narrator.
 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

You'll want to punch a hippie.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Nothing can bring out one’s inner Richard Nixon like a flight of baby-boomer whimsy that rubs your nose in 1960s nostalgia. Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, a gentle-minded paean to the Woodstock generation, might just make you want to punch a hippie.
 
Monday, October 1, 2012

Blondie has more fun

The tide's still high for Debbie Harry and her iconic '80s band.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Blondie and Devo
7 p.m. Thursday
Zoo Amphitheatre
2101 N.E. 50th
zooamp.com
364-3700
$42.75-$114.75
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Still whipped

What decade is it again? When a band as good as Devo comes knocking and rocking, the answer matters not.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Blondie and Devo
7 p.m. Thursday
Zoo Amphitheatre
2101 N.E. 50th
zooamp.com
364-3700
$42.75-$114.75

 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

For a Good Time, Call ...

For a movie about phone sex, 'For a Good Time, Call ...' is surprisingly all heart.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Bridesmaids was the shot across the bow, with HBO’s Girls the follow-up fusillade: Women can cuss, drink and drug with the best of ’em. In that spirit arrives For a Good Time, Call …, a comedy with the scenario of what happens when a pair of unlikely 20-somethings start a phone-sex service.
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Killer Joe

The trailer-trash noir dares you not to look.


Thriller

Phil Bacharach
Killer Joe is brutal, pulpy and utterly, irresistibly lurid — provided, that is, you like your perversity when it’s deep-fried and extra crispy.
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bill W.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Bill W.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
236-3100
okcmoa.com
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
 
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