OKGazette.com - Thriller http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-99-1-thriller.html <![CDATA[World War Z - Only Brad Pitt can save humanity in an entertaining, if unexceptional take on the undead apocalypse. ]]> Consider this: standstill traffic, sudden explosions, people fleeing, lots of screaming. It’s the doomsday scenario Chuck Norris and less-hirsute far-right extremists said would happen if we elected Barack Obama as president — either time; pick one — but it’s also the opening moments of World War Z.
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<![CDATA[The East - For an indie thriller with as much intelligence as intrigue, just head to ‘The East.’ No compass needed.]]> Across her three films as an actress/writer/producer (2011’s Another Earth, 2012’s Sound of My Voice and now The East), Brit Marling has explored the subjects of cults, symbols, duplicates, identity and family. Remarkably, despite these recurring themes and a tonal similarity, each experience seems anew. ]]> <![CDATA[The Place Beyond the Pines - The route of ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is great to good. ]]> The Place Beyond the Pines is two-thirds of a great movie. Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine is a tense, powerful crime thriller with some weighty stuff on its mind. It speaks to the filmmaker’s know-how that not even a crazily contrived third act can damper its haunting power.]]> <![CDATA[Birdemic 2: The Resurrection - What the flock?!?]]> For those worried that Birdemic 2: The Resurrection doesn’t match the awfulness of the 2010 original, know this: The first five minutes are of its ostensible leading man walking. The first exchange of dialogue: “Hi!” “Hi.”]]> <![CDATA[Upstream Color - Viewers may not be able to decipher it, but its artful mysteries are compelling enough to try.]]> Upstream Color
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
$6-$8
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<![CDATA[The Company You Keep - Old radicals don't learn new tricks.]]> Baby boomers can be their own worst enemy. The generation that was going to change the world instead settled on thinking the world of themselves. Youthful idealism, aging and compromised idealism, pining for that youthful idealism — nothing fuels anti-boomer sentiment like boomer sentimentality.]]> <![CDATA[Trance - ‘Trainspotting’ engineer Danny Boyle delves back into the world of crime with ‘Trance,’ with less-than-hypnotic results.]]> After fiddling around with Oscar a couple of times with Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, director Danny Boyle gets back to doing what he does best: the thriller. However, in Trance, opening today in Oklahoma City, the flashy filmmaker bears a light coat of rust.
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<![CDATA[The Loneliest Planet - Take a hike, movie.]]> The Loneliest Planet
5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
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<![CDATA[Zero Dark Thirty - Controversy doesn’t lessen the impact of one of 2012’s best films.]]> Don’t trust the audience members.

Trusting them appears to be the cardinal sin of Zero Dark Thirty, a masterful, absorbing film dramatizing the CIA's 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. It has been at the center of controversy for its depiction of U.S. intelligence agents using “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as torture.
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<![CDATA[A Destructive Manner - Your average office worker can be pushed only so far, as this locally shot thriller dramatically demonstrates.]]> A Destructive Manner
8 p.m. Saturday
The Paramount OKC
701 W. Sheridan
theparamountokc.com
517-0787
$3
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<![CDATA[Argo - As a director, Ben Affleck ratchets up the tension in this fact-based thriller.]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Killer Joe - The trailer-trash noir dares you not to look.]]> Killer Joe is brutal, pulpy and utterly, irresistibly lurid — provided, that is, you like your perversity when it’s deep-fried and extra crispy.]]> <![CDATA[Headhunters - Oslo can you go? To the depths of man’s darkest and deadliest desires, according to a fun foreign crime thriller.]]> Headhunters
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
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<![CDATA[Nobody Else but You - An ill-fated actress serves as the heart of a strange French thriller.]]> Nobody Else but You
8 p.m. Saturday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8]]>
<![CDATA[Savages - ]]> Oliver Stone might be best-known for making movies filled with political and cultural bomb-throwing (JFK, Natural Born Killers), but what makes his best works so eminently watchable is their visceral punch. He might claim he’s out to edify, but the guy can exploit with the best of ’em.]]> <![CDATA[Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Thrills are muted but chilling in the espionage tale of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.’]]> For a guy named Smiley, the central character of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” doesn’t do a lot of smiling. ]]> <![CDATA[The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - ]]> As not-so-boldly predicted, director David Fincher (“The Social Network”) delivers a superior remake of Sweden’s global hit “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a novel. ]]> <![CDATA[Martha Marcy May Marlene - Desire for community leads to the dark side of humanity in ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ a chilling film by any name.]]> Community ranks as key on the list of basic human needs. After water, food and shelter, our need to connect with others drives and defines us.]]> <![CDATA[The Skin I Live In - In ‘The Skin I Live In,’ Antonio Banderas is like Spain’s answer to Dr. Frankenstein. ¡Está vivo!]]> As one character says to another in “The Skin I Live In,” “Don’t look at the surfaces.” He refers to the literal and physical, but writer/director Pedro Almodóvar may be instructing his audience in the figurative sense.]]> <![CDATA[The Debt - Near-excellent espionage lies at the core of ‘The Debt.’]]> First with “Red” and now with “The Debt,” Helen Mirren has cornered the market on films with senior-citizen assassins. Whereas “Red” was goofy and spoofy, “The Debt” is stone-cold serious — the rare thriller that’s actually smart. Would you expect less from a director as literary-minded as “Shakespeare in Love”’s John Madden?]]>