OKGazette.com - Drama http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-93-1-drama.html <![CDATA[Venus in Fur - Controversial director Roman Polanski’s latest film, <i>Venus in Fur</i>, proves he still has it.]]>

Venus in Fur
8 p.m. Saturday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art 
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9 

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<![CDATA[Third Person - A star-studded cast isn't enough to salvage Paul Haggis' heavy-handed drama.]]> In 2006, writer-director Paul Haggis surprised and befuddled a lot of Academy Awards prognosticators when he won the Best Picture Oscar for his multistory drama, Crash. He returns to that formula in Third Person, albeit with a pronounced heavy-handedness (and Crash wasn’t exactly subtle) that might leave one pining for something comparatively a bit lighter, such as a colorectal exam.]]> <![CDATA[Jersey Boys - Clint Eastwood tackles Broadway hit Jersey Boys, and despite its masterful casting, the film largely rings hollow.]]> It must be surreal to see your career reduced to a sluggish, 134-minute product dangling between musical and mob drama.]]> <![CDATA[The Immigrant - Director James Gray offers stellar melodrama of a foreigner’s journey in America.]]> In the cacophony of high-concept movies and TV, there’s something to be said for the spare beauty of old-fashioned melodrama. The Immigrant, now playing exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, covers familiar territory: A wide-eyed ingénue in the big city falls prey to the clutches of a bad man. Yet that familiarity is part of what makes these stories so powerful. They speak to things — temptation, suffering and redemption — deeply rooted in our collective being.]]> <![CDATA[Belle - <i>Belle</i> is a rarity in the summer movie season — it's smart.]]> Belle is set in the 18th century, but its themes of race and class feel thoroughly contemporary. Don’t be fooled by the prevalence of bodices and powdered wigs. Like the best costume dramas, Belle has resonance for modern-day audiences, especially in a nation with a rapidly growing biracial population and an ever-widening gulf between the very rich and everyone else.]]> <![CDATA[Only Lovers Left Alive - The new vampire flick from revered indie director Jim Jarmusch is equal parts brooding and intoxicating.]]>

The first thing you might notice about the vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive is how effortlessly cosmopolitan they are. Smart, artsy, sexy — these undead are unequivocally cool. That’s no surprise when you consider this is the work of masterful indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, a purveyor of idiosyncratic cool whose credits include Night on EarthGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Broken Flowers.


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<![CDATA[The Lunchbox - <i>The Lunchbox</i> is a lip-smacking crowd pleaser.]]> Sometimes you must board the wrong train to get to the right station. It’s a bit of wisdom that figures prominently in — and is offered by — The Lunchbox, a sweetly engaging Hindi-language film about two wounded souls who make an accidental but vital connection in the Indian city of Mumbai. What makes an already-appealing movie all the more delicious is that it is set in motion by food.]]> <![CDATA[Jung at heart - Animated film mixes in Super 8 film, newsreels and live-action footage to tell an existential tale of family.]]> From Korea to Belgium, a boy’s upbringing in Approved for Adoption becomes an existential journey.]]> <![CDATA[The Wind Rises - <i>The Wind Rises</i> is a high-flying exit for master animator Hayao Miyazaki ]]> Fans of Hayao Miyazaki were understandably disappointed when Japan’s master animator announced that his latest feature, The Wind Rises, would also be his last. The 73-yearold filmmaker has given us some of animation’s most brilliant and beautiful works, including My Neighbor Totoro and 2001’s Oscar-winning Spirited AwaySo, yeah, the guy has definitely earned his retirement, and the studio he helped found, Studio Ghibli, is sure to continue making terrific pictures. But it doesn’t make Miyazaki’s departure any less bittersweet.]]> <![CDATA[Philomena - In contention for four Academy Awards, <i>Philomena</i> boasts two fine performances in a story of a woman raised in a convent and a current disgraced journalist. ]]>

Philomena

5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

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<![CDATA[The Past - <i>The Past</i>, an explosive tale of relationships in crisis, is another triumph for Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi]]> Asghar Farhadi burst on the international stage with 2011’s Oscar-winning A Separation, but he was making great movies in his native Iran well before the world took notice. It’s not surprising, then, that the director is no fly-by-night talent. His latest, The Past, is another brutally effective exploration of domestic crisis.]]> <![CDATA[The Hunt - With one lie lobbed his way, an honorable man is marked as persona non grata in this powerful Danish drama up for a well-deserved Oscar.]]>

The Hunt

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

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<![CDATA[Judges Creed - A desperate man takes desperate measures — and is forced to confront demons in the process — in the locally shot <i>Judges Creed</i>.]]>

Judges Creed

8 p.m. Saturday

Oklahoma Contemporary

3000 General Pershing Blvd.

oklahomacontemporary.org

951-0000

$5

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<![CDATA[Pit Stop - While unshowy in its storytelling, this gay-themed relationship drama doesn’t have enough story to tell.]]> Pit Stop
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9
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<![CDATA[Her - More than just a futuristic love story, Spike Jonze’s <i>Her</i> is a timely, philosophical masterwork.]]> The futuristic Los Angeles depicted in Her is hardly dystopian. Instead of war-torn landscapes and flying robot drones, director Spike Jonze offers Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, The Master), a lonesome writer in the midst of a divorce, and the soft, affectionate voice of Samantha (Scarlet Johannson, Don Jon), a computer-based operating system with whom he falls in love.]]> <![CDATA[August: Osage County - Set and shot in Oklahoma, <i>August: Osage County</i> loses its darkly comic teeth on the way to the silver screen. Now, it simply bites.]]> August: Osage County is the worst kind of Oscar bait: unearned. Seemingly hoping to join the race by pedigree alone, the Oklahoma-set family drama is as patently false as a plastic worm concealing the business end of a fishing hook. At a glance, it looks like the real deal, but look closer. See, kids? All for show!]]> <![CDATA[Saving Mr. Banks - Making Disney's Mary Poppins was anything but merry, as this winner shows.]]> If there's one thing Hollywood loves more than itself, it's stories about itself. From The Artist to Argo, these films have translated into Tinseltown's ultimate display of self-affection: Oscar gold.]]> <![CDATA[Inside Llewyn Davis - The Coen brothers’ new film is a heady, heartfelt character study and period piece. In other words, quintessential Coen.]]> The album artwork for 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was nothing if not iconic. The image of a young Dylan with then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo clinging to his side, walking down a snow-covered street in New York’s Greenwich Village embodied the early ’60s folk movement like no other. It’s also where Inside Llewyn Davis makes its music.]]> <![CDATA[Kill Your Darlings - Surge, Ginsberg!]]> To paraphrase Allan Ginsberg, I saw the best biopics of my generation destroyed by a need to include as much as possible in them, stuffing hysterically.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto turn in award-worthy performances in this HIV/AIDS drama.]]>

Ron Woodroof’s story has not been as extensively acknowledged as documented celebrity cases of HIV/ AIDS (e.g. Anthony Perkins, Magic Johnson, Freddie Mercury) and, until now, has remained in the mainstream media’s peripheral.

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