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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Thrills are muted but chilling in the espionage tale of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.’


Thriller

Phil Bacharach
For a guy named Smiley, the central character of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” doesn’t do a lot of smiling.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Be it resolved ...

Celebrated Oklahomans make their New Year’s resolutions … and share them with you!


Features

Phil Bacharach
Aside from 2012 meaning the end of the world (a big shout-out to those kooky Mayans), the new year provides an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start anew.
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Radar love

Nichols Hills home to new warning signs for drivers.


News

Phil Bacharach
Drivers in Nichols Hills might have noticed a new sight along some streets. In an effort to curtail speeders, officials in that city have turned to the help of radar signs that register and display the speed of passing motorists.
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another Earth

This intriguing sci-fi drama goes slightly out of orbit.


Sci-Fi

Phil Bacharach
You’ve got to admire the DIY ethic of “Another Earth.” Raw and grainy, it is steadfastly committed to its own smarts and vision — even if it ultimately falls short of its ambitions.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hugo

‘Hugo’ is Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the cinema.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Martin Scorsese loves movies. Anyone familiar with the director of “Raging Bull” and “The Departed” knows he worships at the altar of film. It’s not surprising, therefore, that Scorsese would make a love letter to the art form in which he immersed himself from his days as a sickly child growing up on New York’s mean streets.
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Life Above All

In this drama, the impact of AIDS is rarely stated, but often heard.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
AIDS is rarely mentioned in “Life, Above All.” It’s referred to obliquely — a “bug,” “the other thing” — but its grim presence is always felt. When a character finally does call it by name, late in the movie, the effect is startling.
 
Monday, November 28, 2011

Magic Trip

LSD and the Merry Pranksters get the home-movie treatment in ‘Magic Trip.’


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Magic Trip
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We Were Here


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
It would have been understandable had “We Were Here” veered into the maudlin. The documentary, which recounts how San Francisco’s gay community united in the 1980s to combat the AIDS epidemic, has its share of gut-wrenching stories. But the film is admirably no-frills.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

The documentary ‘Being Elmo’ reveals the man behind the beloved Muppet.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8

 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pixies stick

For a band that hasn’t released an album in two decades, the Pixies are mighty busy.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Pixies with Imaginary Cities
7 p.m. Tuesday
Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center
425 E. California
ticketstorm.com
866-966-1777
$42.50
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

How bitter Coco tastes.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Last year’s debacle over “The Tonight Show” didn’t quite reach Shakespearean proportions, but you sure couldn’t tell it at the time. When Jay Leno left the hallowed television franchise for a stab at prime time, NBC gave the coveted late-night slot to Conan O’Brien, who had been patiently waiting in the late-late-night wings.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Life, Above All

In ‘Life, Above All,’ the impact of AIDS is rarely stated, but often heard.


Drama

Phil Bacharach

AIDS is rarely mentioned in “Life, Above All.” It’s referred to obliquely — a “bug,” “the other thing” — but its grim presence is always felt. When a character finally does call it by name, late in the movie, the effect is startling.

 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Going ape

The documentary ‘Project Nim’ recounts the strange case of Oklahoma’s most famous chimp.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
Project Nim
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, August 31, 2011

Win Win

Thomas McCarthy grabs hold of a winning story in this wise dramedy.


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. The characters in those films created their own families. His latest work now on Blu-ray and DVD, “Win Win,” manages to take a nuclear family and still convert it into something different and deeper.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One Day


Drama

Phil Bacharach
“One Day” turns on a gimmick, chronicling the tumultuous, on-again/ off-again romance of two people by dropping in on them the same date — July 15 — each year. It’s a clever device, if not enough to disguise the fact that otherwise, this tearjerker is as old-fashioned as they come.
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
 
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