Dennis King
Movie Critic (Contributor)
King spent 31 years as an ink-stained wretch working for newspapers in Seminole, Ada, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and for 16 years served as an adjunct instructor in journalism and English at Tulsa Community College. For 20 years, he was full-time film critic at the Tulsa World.

In 2006, he left Tulsa and along with his wife, Suzan (a retired English professor), moved to a cabin in Dingmans Ferry, PA. There, along the banks for the Delaware River, he chased after two rambunctious Labrador retrievers, fly fished the waters of the Poconos and did his best to become a full-time trout bum. Still scratching a writer’s itch, he freelanced articles for Explorer magazine and Gray’s Sporting Journal and wrote a stage play about classic movies and old movie theaters, titled “Spirits of the Coronado” (after his long-gone boyhood theater at 39th Street and MacArthur Boulevard).

In December, he and Suzan moved into an apartment in upper Manhattan, where they plan to eat bagels for breakfast and street-cart hot dogs for lunch, haunt the Angelika Theater and the Film Forum, go to plays and museums, ride the subways, complain about the subways and generally live like true New Yorkers.

Top Stories


  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wes Anderson taps European inspiration for his latest film

    By Dennis King, For The OklAhoman | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ director Wes Anderson latest film draws heavily from films of the past, European history.

  • Ralph Fiennes lends dramatic gravity to comic role in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – Critics of Wes Anderson’s unique brand of fantastical, eccentric, clockwork filmmaking often suggest that his movies are airy, ornamental inventions lacking the gravity of truly profound storytelling. On first blush that may seem true. Each of his eight meticulously handcrafted films has proven itself as intricate and multi-faceted as a Faberge egg.

  • Blu-ray review: 'Matilda'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Long before “Matilda: The Musical” became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, the story was a much-beloved children’s book by the great British eccentric Roald Dahl and a prickly, endearing 1996 movie adaptation by actor-director Danny DeVito. In the nearly 20 years since its release, that quirky, zippy little film – much like the story’s page and stage incarnations – has achieved a sort of cult status among young fans, as well as among grown-up admirers of Dahl’s warm, weird and wonderfully cracked body of literature.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Beast of the Bering Sea'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Beast of the Bering Sea” Syfy Channel Originals have a certain dubious cache among fans of bad, cheapo horror movies (this is the outlet that gave us “Sharknado,” after all).

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” Legendary horror director Tom Holland, creator of such latter-day horror mainstays as “Child’s Play” and “Fright Night,” tries his hand at short anthology pieces in “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Anthony Mann bio looks at director’s moody contributions of film noir

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

               In the Technicolor old West of 1950s Hollywood, director Anthony Mann made a name for himself by pioneering a stark kind of sagebrush drama featuring deeply conflicted cowboys with loads of dark secrets in their saddlebags.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” With the breakout success of “The Lego Movie,” another rendering of the little plastic block toys and a sci-fi cultural icon is now getting a boost with the release of “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Vivien Leigh biography tracks a life of glamour, tragedy on stage and screen

    Dennis King | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    British actress Vivien Leigh, who died tragically in 1963 at age 53, made only 19 movies in her career, but her two most celebrated and memorable roles – for which she earned best acting Oscars – were playing iconic woman of the American South.

  • DVD review: 'The Broker's Man: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

      Before taking over on his own popular Masterpiece Mystery TV series, “Inspector Lewis,” the everyman British actor Kevin Whately spent some13 years as Detective Sergeant Robbie Lewis, the reliable, long-suffering sidekick to John Thaw’s prickly, cerebral detective in the “Inspector Morse” series.