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  • The Oklahoman's fall movie preview: What's going to be the movie hit of the fall?

    By Nathan Poppe, Gene Triplett and Dennis King | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s fall movie preview showcases drama, comedy and plenty of page-to-screen adaptations.

  • Zach Braff deflects critics of his Kickstarter campaign for ‘Wish I Was Here’

    Dennis King, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Actor-director Zach Braff fends off criticism of his Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new film, "Wish I Was Here."

  • Movie Review: 'Godzilla'

    By Dennis King | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    ‘Godzilla’ is given a 2014 special FX makeover to surprising, suspenseful results

  • 'Godzilla': Let me hear that roar

    By Dennis King, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    Japanese actor Ken Watanabe discusses the proper way to say Godzilla, his wife’s relationship with the big green and the lizard’s iconography

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?” Academic linguistic philosophy and dazzling, cutting-edge animation hardly seem a natural pairing, but in the hands of odd, innovative French director Michel Gondry the two elements come together brilliantly in “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Movie review: ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ follows father-son war correspondents into harm’s way

    Dennis King | Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    Ever since that bloody, bluntly graphic opening battle sequence in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998, filmmakers have continually upped the ante in depicting in minute detail the thudding, horrifying brutality of up-close combat in warfare on the big screen.

  • ‘Hollywood’s Greatest Year’ profiles a half-dozen classics from 1939 bonanza

    Dennis King | Published: Sun, May 11, 2014

    It was a legendary watershed year in Hollywood that saw the production of such landmark movies as “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Stagecoach,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and many more films now considered classics.

  • Movie review: 'The Hornet's Nest'

    Updated: Thu, May 8, 2014

    Movie review: “The Hornet’s Nest” is a documentary that follows veteran war correspondent and Oklahoma native Mike Boettcher and his son Carlos into combat in 2011-2012 with American troops on the front lines in Afghanistan.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Republic of Doyle: Season One'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Republic of Doyle: Season One” When it comes to quirky detectives on TV, the British seem to be reigning masters of the genre. But Canadian TV has its fair share of humorous gumshoes, and one of the best is the often-hapless Jake Doyle, whose witty Newfoundland-set series, is now in its sixth season.

  • Movie review: ‘Spider-Man 2’ juggles love story, trio of over-the-top villains

    Dennis King | Updated: Sun, May 4, 2014

    “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” casts a very wide web – looping in three crackling arch-villains and some minor evil-doers, a sweetly tortured love story involving broody Peter Parker/Spidey and brainy-cute Gwen Stacy, a dizzying CGI arsenal of swinging acrobatic effects and physics-defying fights and a swooping, eye-dazzling Cook’s tour of Manhattan landmarks.

  • ‘DamNation’ documentary details growing movement to free American rivers

    Dennis King | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    From the 1950s through the ‘70s, some 30,000 dams were built on American waterways, blocking huge portions of navigable rivers across the country. Although the boom in dam construction was widely viewed as progress – providing flood control and water for irrigation, encouraging recreational opportunities, generating hydropower, etc.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection' (1949-1959)

    Dennis King | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection” (1949-1959) America’s most chipper, myopic geriatric, Mr. Magoo, has entertained generations of youngsters with his good-natured, grandfatherly bumbling, and now a long-awaited, re-mastered reserve of his most beloved big-screen outings is available in “The Mr.

  • Ford, Wayne, Bond form formidable trio in Hollywood bio ‘Three Bad Men’

    Dennis King | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    It’s well documented in many biographies that John Ford was a great filmmaker who was as caustic and cantankerous as he was brilliant. And there’s no shortage of life histories detailing John Wayne’s mythic status as he-man, movie star and staunch political conservative.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Curse of the Gothic Symphony'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: ‘The Curse of the Gothic Symphony” Eccentric British composer Havergal Brian’s symphony, “The Gothic” is widely considered among the longest, largest and most technically difficult symphonies ever composed. Its colorful history and an 80-year shadow that has hung over this seldom-performed musical work is the subject of “The Curse of the Gothic Symphony” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • DVD review: 'William & Mary: The Complete Collection'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    William is a sweet and melancholy undertaker, conscientiously carrying on the family business of ushering clients out of the world with dignity. Mary is a wise, pragmatic midwife, passionate in her mission of helping mothers bring their babies kicking and screaming into the world.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Snake & Mongoose'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Snake & Mongoose” Octane junkies who enjoyed Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush” should find similar mano a mano thrills in “Snake & Mongoose” (due out on DVD Tuesday), which charts an equivalent rivalry of hotshot drivers from the world of drag racing.

  • What’s up next for the inventive, enigmatic filmmaker Wes Anderson?

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    NEW YORK – As one of the most eccentric, enigmatic and original filmmakers of his generation, Wes Anderson has compiled an eight-movie filmography in which each picture is more inventive and surprising than the one before. He’s one of those genuinely unique artists whose fans can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Little Rascals Save the Day'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “The Little Rascals Save the Day” In the 1920s, Hollywood producer Hal Roach introduced movie goers to a ragtag band of kids – dubbed “Our Gang” or “Little Rascals” – that featured such memorable tykes as Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Porky, Stymie and Petey the dog, who perfectly embodied the spunk, mischief and innocence of childhood in that era.

  • Wes Anderson’s wildly eclectic interests decorate the ornate ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – In the “olde curiosity shoppe” that is Wes Anderson’s imagination, scenes are chockablock with pop-culture knickknacks, obscure literary references, shades of classic Hollywood movies, miniature toyland tableaux and a rogue’s gallery of outlandishly stylized characters (or caricatures), all overlaid with a dusting of lyrical irony and hipster whimsy.

  • Movie review: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ guest list features ’30s Hollywood directors, Viennese author

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Check in to “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and you’ll find yourself mingling in the cavernous, rococo lobby with the ghosts of Billy Wilder, Ernest Lubitsch, Alfred Hitchcock and a host of other European émigré directors who came to define the wit, urbanity and heart of Hollywood pictures in the 1930s and ’40s.