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

  • Bale’s transformation in ‘American Hustle’ fools even the film’s surprise guest star

    Dennis King | Updated: Sun, Jan 5, 2014

    NEW YORK – Now that “American Hustle” is in wide release and generating lots of Oscar buzz, one of the film’s great casting surprises is no longer a closely guarded secret – the uncredited appearance of Robert De Niro as a menacing Miami mobster who gets caught up in the film’s Abscam-like sting operation.

  • The Oklahoman's 2013 movie picks: Dennis King doesn't give an order for his favorite films

    BY DENNIS KING | Published: Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    Persuasive arguments will certainly be made on many a critic's list that the year's best films include the likes of “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and a handful of other big-bang Oscar contenders. No arguments from me. But my personal tastes run more to the offtrack. So here, in no particular order, is my modest list of 10 “favorites.” ‘All Is Lost.' An artful, elemental and utterly thrilling Hollywood variation on “The Old Man and the Sea.” Robert Redford, 77, weathered and virtually silent, gives one of his best performances ever. ‘Frances Ha.' A screwball, black-and-white visual paean to young, bohemian New York.

  • Dennis King's Top 10 movies of 2013

    Dennis King | Updated: Sun, Dec 29, 2013

    BY DENNIS KING We don’t know much about “best,” but we know what we like. Persuasive arguments will certainly be made on many a critic’s list that the year’s best films include the likes of “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and a handful of other big-bang Oscar contenders.

  • Movie review: Japanese mythology meets Hollywood in action-packed ’47 Ronin’

    Dennis King | Published: Wed, Dec 25, 2013

    “Bushido” defines that most Japanese concept of chivalry, a complex warrior’s code that loosely equates to the honor-bound traditions of Western knighthood. But knights and samurai are not exactly the same, and when West, East and Hollywood converge on the screen, as they did in 2003’s “The Last Samurai” and in the new “47 Ronin,” the results can be a cross-cultural hash.

  • Movie review: ‘Grudge Match’ a boxing movie as generic as it is geriatric

    Dennis King | Published: Wed, Dec 25, 2013

    Let’s get ready to RUMBLLLLLE! The squaring off of “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” in the geriatric boxing comedy “Grudge Match” raises the specter of every movie critic in the country dredging up a dizzying array of pugilistic puns and walloping boxing catch phrases.

  • In ‘Grudge Match,’ stars Stallone and De Niro hoped to avoid ‘Grumpy Old Boxers’ cliches

    Dennis King | Published: Wed, Dec 25, 2013

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – In a talking match between actors Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone and Robert “Raging Bull” De Niro, Stallone would win hands down. As the two iconic actors sat down together to meet the press for “Grudge Match,” their new geriatric boxing comedy, their personalities seemed as strikingly at odds as the two boxers they’ve portrayed.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 2013’s Oddest of the Odd

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Dec 23, 2013

    Each week sees literally scores of new releases on DVD. Big-bucks advertising and studio clout propel sales of the most high-profile DVDs. But the oddball releases that fly under the radar are often the most fun. Those bottom-of-the-list releases have been spotlighted during 2013 in the “Under-the-Radar DVD Release of the Week.” This week, here are 10 of the oddest of the odd DVD releases from the past year: “30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil” After the release of Marlon Wayans’ freewheeling horror spoof “A Haunted House,” the usual camp followers popped up on the home video market in the form of this slapdash, lowbrow parody.

  • Director David O. Russell is chief hustler in the sharky comedy ‘American Hustle’

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – David O. Russell seemed like a proud, doting papa as he took a seat center stage– surrounded by his star-studded cast and producers – for a recent press conference to launch “American Hustle,” his over-the-top, comic-operatic film inspired by the 1970s Abscam scandal.

  • Movie review: A brilliant rogues’ gallery of scam artists energizes ‘American Hustle’

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    “American Hustle” opens with an unabashed, shaggy-dog scenario in which small-time New York con man Irving Rosenfeld stands in front of the bathroom mirror, his blubbery beer gut fully exposed, as he carefully sculpts a preposterous comb-over on his bald pate involving a fake thatch, gobs of glue, a few strands of stringy hair and an adhering cloud of toxic hairspray.

  • Hustle Hair: In David O. Russell’s con-artist tale, hair defines character

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    NEW YORK – If hair ever deserved an Oscar nomination, it does for “American Hustle.” In David O. Russell’s snazzy 1970s con-artist saga, it took a crew of 19 stylists to wrangle the confectionary hair designs of the film’s motley crew of hustlers and neurotics.

  • Book examines nuts and bolts of making Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    Fifty years have flown by since the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” and although the avian horror film got mixed reviews and slow box-office returns early on, it’s now considered one of the British suspense master’s classic shockers. Never mind that Hitchcock’s legacy and the film were tarnished a bit by last year’s movie “The Girl,” in which director Julian Jarold presented an unflattering portrayal of Hitchcock’s working methods on the movie and his obsessive sexual fixation on blonde star Tippi Hedren.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Bronies: The Completely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is; “Bronies: The Completely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony” When the toymaker Hasbro attempted to reshape its My Little Pony line of girls’ toys with a new, hipper, cross-generational image with the 2010 release of the show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” an unexpected phenomenon of pop-culture fandom was born.

  • ‘Nicholson: A Biography’ tells sordid, rumor-fueled story of Jack being Jack

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Dec 12, 2013

    “They’ll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em.” That quote from George Hanson, Jack Nicholson’s free-spirited character in “Easy Rider,” seems to sum up a lot about the actor’s allure and his reputation as one of Hollywood’s scariest rebels and most freewheeling of power players.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: '15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out” Year end is the time we usually make resolutions, update out various life lists and generally contemplate things we want to do with the rest of our lives.

  • DVD review: 'Home Alone: Holiday Heist'

    Dennis King | Updated: Fri, Dec 6, 2013

    “Home Alone” is the holiday movie gift that just keeps on giving. At least, that’s what the purveyors of “Home Alone: Holiday Heist” seem to be hoping as they trot out the shopworn and highly repetitive fifth movie (this time, made for TV) in this formulaic lone-kid-fends-off-inept-burglars series.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series'

    Dennis King | Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series” Long before the trashy doings of “Desperate Housewives,” the maddening ennui of bland suburban American homemaking found a satirical heroine in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Now, Norman Lear’s Emmy-winning TV soap opera of the ’70s will be available in its entirety for the first time when “The Complete Series” is released on DVD Tuesday.

  • Movie review: Judi Dench breathes vivid life into slightly poky ‘Philomena’

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    Anyone who saw Peter Mullan’s daunting 2002 drama “The Magdalene Sisters” knows the harsh consequences that young Catholic girls in Ireland suffered throughout the 20th century if they became pregnant out of wedlock. In a cruelly gothic series of “Magdalene asylums” maintained for decades in many Catholic precincts, pregnant teenagers were systematically torn from their families, placed in indefinite servitude in institutional laundries, berated for their moral failings, and often as not had their babies taken away.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Nov 25, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition” Perhaps this week’s pick isn’t so much flying “under the radar” as camped out comfortably on the fringes. Commemorating a series that poked fun at and slyly celebrated the most obscure and inept low-budget efforts the movies have to offer, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition” is due out on DVD Tuesday.

  • ‘Rainer on Film’ – Sharp opinions propel critic’s 30-year collection of reviews, essays

    Dennis King | Published: Sun, Nov 24, 2013

    Any film critic worth reading will likely infuriate you as often as he intrigues you. It’s passionate opinion as much as informed insight that distinguishes the best of the burgeoning reviewer ranks. Peter Rainer is one of the film critics that matter, and his recent collection of essays and reviews, “Rainer on Film” (Santa Monica Press, $24.95), amply demonstrates why.  The current film critic of the Christian Science Monitor, he serves as president of the National Society of Film Critics and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism and winner of the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Online Entertainment Critic.

  • DVD review: 'Blandings: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    Had your fill of the pomp and drama of “Downton Abbey?” When the oppressive propriety of British high society becomes a bit too stuffy, a jaunt down the cobbled lanes to Blandings Castle might be just what the butler ordered. No one pricks the bubble of British pomposity better than P.G.