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

  • David Thompson’s ‘Moments That Made the Movies’ a film buff’s treasure album

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    Merely mention the title of an iconic movie, and any film buff worth his popcorn salt can easily conjure up vivid images of a signature scene from that picture. A body floating facedown in an illuminated swimming pool (“Sunset Boulevard”), a man being chased down a dusty road by a menacing crop duster (“North By Northwest”), a snow globe shattering onto the floor (“Citizen Kane”), a woman loudly describing an orgasm in a New York deli (“When Harry Met Sally …”).

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Danger in the Manger'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Danger in the Manger” Move over Thanksgiving, it’s time to go straight into an onslaught of Christmas movies on the video shelves, and this week a quirky British comedy of school yuletide pageants and harried teachers takes the spotlight with “Danger in the Manger” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Movie review: ‘Best Man Holiday’ sports more sparkly tinsel than substance

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Nov 15, 2013

    Both the bounties and ravages of time have left their marks on the tight circle of friends who waltzed so engagingly through 1999’s memorable romantic comedy “The Best Man.” But as writer-director Malcolm D. Lee reunites the sexy ensemble after almost 15 years for “The Best Man Holiday,” an old cliché hangs over the proceedings – the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • Blu-ray review: 'Jack Irish: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Nov 14, 2013

    TV crime drama has increasingly become an international affair with American and British crime-busters now sharing screen space with world-weary gumshoes from such far-flung precincts as Sweden (“Wallander”), Italy (“Zen”) and Spain (“Falcon”). Now add Australia to the pithy locales trod by down-at-the-heels private eyes with murders to solve and personal demons to battle.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” Smartly capitalizing on the upcoming release of the Coen brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the timely, tuneful documentary “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” is due out on DVD Tuesday.

  • Movie review: ‘All Is Lost’ gives Redford a role imbued with weathered grace

    Dennis King | Updated: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    The rugged literary contours of the old man and the sea – with all the echoes of Hemingway and the allegorical heft of Melville and Conrad – take on stark, lyrical new significance in “All Is Lost,” sophomore writer-director J.C. Chandor’s splendidly gripping duet with taciturn, sun-leathered star Robert Redford.

  • OKCMOA to honor veterans with two free film screenings on Monday

    Dennis King | Published: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Two military-themed documentaries – one honoring the forgotten warriors of the Vietnam War, the other saluting the fast fading veterans of World War II – will be screened on Monday, Veterans Day, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noble Theater, 415 Couch Dr.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: '13/13/13'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “13/13/13” The messy mathematics of the ancient Mayan calendar give rise to z-grade horror nonsense in the unluckily titled, low-budget gore fest “13/13/13” (due out on DVD Tuesday). According to the movie’s weird premise, humans have attempted to balance the calendar by adding an extra day every four years.

  • Theater review: 'A Time to Kill'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Oct 31, 2013

    NEW YORK – Some stage adaptations of well-known movies can dazzle with clever stagecraft and revitalize the storytelling with the emotional immediacy of live performance. But some, such as the new theatrical version of “A Time to Kill,” can simply feel like gimmicky, monotonous retellings of already widely familiar source material.

  • John DiLeo’s classic movie quiz book is a classic in its own right

    Dennis King | Updated: Tue, Oct 29, 2013

    When author and film buff John DiLeo published his first book on classic movies in 1999, the eminent critic Pauline Kael famously declared it “like a Christmas stocking full of surprises … the smartest movie quiz book I’ve ever seen.” It was one of the great book blurbs of all time and endowed DiLeo’s tome with an amazing staying power.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol. 2'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Oct 28, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol. 2” Just in time for Halloween, a quartet of hard-to-find, Z-grade horror flicks hits the video shelves with “Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol.2” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'An Apology to Elephants'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Oct 21, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “An Apology to Elephants” While “Dumbo” gives us a cute peek at some of the hardships endured by circus elephants, that sanitized Disney fairy tale largely ignores the cruel realities that actual pachyderms have faced throughout the tragic history of their interaction with humans.