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Topic: movie

The Raid: Redemption

If there’s a better action film this year, ‘The Raid’ will kick its ass into nonexistence.


Action

Rod Lott
Fans of pure action cinema are apt to grow delirious with glee over The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian crime thriller that relies so much upon the universal language of violence, one could enjoy it without subtitles.
 
Monday, August 6, 2012

Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live

Grab your things / I’ve come to take you home.


Documentary

Rod Lott
I'd say Peter Gabriel has aged wonderfully, judging from the concert film Secret World, but the performance is nearly two decades old, from 1993. Although far removed from his heyday as an MTV idol — the venue looks as if its audience were lifted from a BMW dealership super-sale — he still sounded great.
 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Crown Jewel

A blues festival Saturday will kick off fundraising efforts to restore a historic theater in northeast OKC.


News

Brendan Hoover
Jewel Foundation Blues Festival
6 p.m. Saturday
Eastwood Event Center
7204 N.E. 23rd, Midwest City
jeweltheatre.webs.com
$28-$38
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cool Breeze

‘Shaft,’ it is not.


Action

Rod Lott
MGM's marketing campaign for 1972's Cool Breeze played up — if not centered around — a connection to Shaft. That connection? Both were blaxploitation films released by MGM. I guess audiences thought that wasn't enough of a lure, because Breeze is an obscure entry in the genre, just now seeing the light of DVD, courtesy of the Warner Archive archivists.
 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kill List

Killing, chilling.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Kill List is not your ordinary, average hit-man thriller — it’s an excellent one. The UK film skirts into areas of horror before plunging in at the end, but maintaining an uncompromising level of excellence throughout. It's a strong candidate for that year-end best list. That said, its subject matter will prove to be too much for most to take.
 
Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Hunger Games

Not bad — just bland.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
My opinion means absolutely squat on The Hunger Games, a massive hit on a global scale. Even those who didn't see it in theaters will want to out of curiosity's sake, like I did, just to see what all the fuss is about. I completely understand.
 
Monday, August 13, 2012

ParaNorman


Youth

None
If you haven’t seen 2009’s Coraline, you might be more inclined to surrender yourself to the macabre charm of ParaNorman. Both films, works of stop-motion animation by the Oregon-based Laika company, share much in common: an outcast protagonist, ineffectual grown-ups, visually stunning riffs on the supernatural.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ruby Sparks

In this appealing indie rom-com, a novelist’s girl of his dreams springs from the page to a real person.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In Ruby Sparks, wunderkind author Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood) has a few problems — one being that he is dateless, another that his male dog pees like a girl. More pressing is that he lacks the inspiration to follow up the Great American Novel that landed the high-school dropout on The New York Times best-seller list when he was all of 19.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Headhunters

Oslo can you go? To the depths of man’s darkest and deadliest desires, according to a fun foreign crime thriller.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Headhunters
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Elena

Money matters within the hierarchy of a blended family go under scrutiny in an icy Russian drama.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Elena
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
 
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