DVD review: ‘The Dinner Game’ serves up bracing dose of French bile
July 28, 2010
As comedies of cruelty go, it’s hard to beat the French when it comes to dispensing Gallic gall.
But an Americanized effort at just that arrives in theaters this weekend in “Dinner for Schmucks,” which attempts a trans-Atlantic spin on French writer-director Francis Veber’s 1998 social farce “The Dinner... Read More
Movie review: 'Ramona and Beezus' appealingly low tech, smart
July 27, 2010
“Ramona and Beezus” is that rarest of summer multiplex enterprises – a G-rated movie for kids and parents that isn’t juiced by computer-generated effects or noisy explosions and isn’t crowded with cutesy animated creatures or comic-book superheroes and villains.
It’s refreshingly human-scale and... Read More
Under the Radar DVD of the Week: '21 Jump Street: The Complete Series'
July 26, 2010
This week, the most interesting DVD to appear on release lists is:
“21 Jump Street: The Complete Series”
Long before he was the moody, virtuoso actor often mentioned in the same breath with Brando and James Dean, Johnny Depp was a moody, struggling young actor looking for a break. That came when he was cast... Read More
DVD review: 'Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 5'
July 23, 2010
A movie doesn’t automatically qualify as classic film noir just because it has cops and robbers, ruthless femme fatales, a lot of night scenes and was shot in black and white between 1940 and 1960.
With Volume 5 of “The Film Noir Classic Collection,” Warner Home Video seems to be scraping the bottom of the... Read More
Midsummer: Are our popcorn boxes half full or half empty?
July 23, 2010
BY DENNIS KING
Having passed the half-way point of summer’s big-bucks movie season, film fans must now be asking themselves: Is the popcorn box half full or half empty?
Traditionally, Hollywood studios frontload the lucrative summer season with the hottest attractions in May, June and early July (the better... Read More
Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'A Town Called Panic'
July 19, 2010
This week, the most offbeat DVD to appear on release lists is:
“A Town Called Panic”
If a surreal, feature-length, stop-motion animation comedy starring a bunch of plastic toys, all speaking in French with English subtitles, sounds like your version of “Toy Story” hell, pass by “A Town Called... Read More
DVD review: 'Insomnia' Blu-ray edition
July 16, 2010
Compared to the fractured timeline storytelling of “Memento,” the noir-ish comic book world of his Batman epics, the violent alchemy of “The Prestige,” and now the layered semi-realities of “Inception,” the 2002 crime thriller “Insomnia” would seem at first glance to be the most conventional film in... Read More
'The Killer Inside Me' comes home on pay-per-view, Tulsa movie screen
July 16, 2010
BY GENE TRIPLETT
“The Killer Inside Me” has quietly stolen onto pay-per-view television.
The controversial $13 million feature film that was shot in and around Guthrie, Oklahoma City, Enid, Tulsa and Cordell in May and June 2009 will also open Aug. 20 for a week-long run on the big screen at Tulsa’s... Read More
Movie review: ‘Cyrus’ walks a fine line between endearing and icky
July 15, 2010
As Oedipal romantic comedies go, “Cyrus” is probably as close as you can come to generating charm and laughs without spilling over completely into off-putting creepiness.
Thanks to a dead-on underground sensibility and a sure hand with off-track characters by writing-directing brothers Jay and Mark Duplass... Read More
DVD review: 'A Star is Born' Blu-ray Edition
July 12, 2010
No multigifted performer could have wished for a more perfect showcase than Judy Garland was given in “A Star Is Born,” the music-filled romantic drama from 1954 that displayed her singing, acting and dancing talents to fuller advantage than any other film in her stellar career.
Movie review: ‘Predators’ a worthy follow-up to 1987 original
July 09, 2010
While John McTiernan and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 “Predator” spawned one official sequel and two ill-conceived spinoffs, it is only now that a truly worthy follow-up to the original has arrived on screens with the swift and deadly “Predators.”
Disregard 1990’s muddled “Predator 2” and two... Read More