• 'Deadpool' takes dead aim on big, bloody laughs

    Nathan Poppe | Yesterday

    Porky Pig should've ended this film with a hearty "That's All Folks!" "Deadpool" is the trillionth Marvel comic book movie adaptation and first blockbuster of the year. It's also a borderline "Looney Tunes" cartoon. Think vigilante Bugs Bunny in a red suit. With lotsa guns. For the uninitiated, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is a popular antihero in the Marvel world and he's known for his healing powers, sense of humor and motormouth. You might remember that Ryan Reynolds ("Blade: Trinity") already portrayed a villainous incarnation of Deadpool in the universally panned "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." I excitedly saw that film opening night in college and still managed to force that performance out of my brain. For

  • Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is surprisingly entertaining

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is exactly what the title indicates: Jane Austen’s beloved 19th-century comedy of manners and matrimony set in an alternate universe in which the English countryside has been overrun by hordes of the undead.

  • Movie review: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' is rare animated sequel that continues to build on strengths

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Boasting ample doses of heart and wit, along with surprisingly striking visuals, “Kung Fu Panda 3” smashes through the January doldrums at the movie theater with the force of a warrior’s fist through a wooden board.

  • Movie reviews

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Movie reviews for week of Jan. 22


    Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Reviews of “Lamb,” "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," “Norm of the North” and "Ride Along 2."

  • The Oklahoman's 10 favorite films of 2015

    Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Nathan Poppe, Brandy McDonnell and Matt Price, along with James Cooper and Gene Triplett, each share two of their favorite films from 2015.

  • Movie review: 'The Hateful Eight'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    Quentin Tarantino's latest film, "The Hateful Eight," is beyond twisted but it packs a lot of laughs in its bloated runtime

  • Movie review: 'Joy'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Dec 25, 2015

    The movie “Joy” practically drips with both high drama and heady laughs.

  • Movie review: 'Big Short' entertains without diluting gravity of housing market crash

    By Kenneth Turan Associated Press | Published: Wed, Dec 23, 2015

    Movie review: 'Big Short' entertains without diluting gravity of housing market crash

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Suedehead'

    Published: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Writer and director Mickey Reece is Oklahoma’s everyman filmmaker. His latest effort is "Suedehead," a drama focusing on a freshly released inmate named Kenny Walker (Mason Giles).

  • A spoiler-free review of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    The Force kept everybody awake in the theater except for three people who fell asleep behind me at the screening. The less-tired sci-fi fans were met with a fun, nostalgic movie experience. Welcome to the newest generation of "Star Wars." I'd like to be your captain for the remainder of your spoiler-free flight, but a much more qualified nerd piloted "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Co-writer and director J.J. Abrams created a film that captures the heart of "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope": destiny, heroism and pure good vs. pure evil. You can rest easy knowing that it's as good as it needed to be to spark a renewed interest in the franchise. All that hype was onto something.

  • Movie review: 'Orion: The Man Who Would Be King'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Documentarian Jeanie Finlay tells one of the oddest tales of music history in "Orion: The Man Who Would Be King."

  • Movie review: 'In the Heart of the Sea'

    By Dennis King For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Director Ron Howard's “In the Heart of the Sea” goes for action over depth in telling the dramatic story of the whaling ship Essex and its crew, which inspired the classic "Moby-Dick."

  • Movie review: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2’

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" gives series satisfying bittersweet ending.

  • Movie review: 'Room'

    By Gene Triplett For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    "Room" is a brilliant story of captivity, isolation, liberation, re-connection, our programmed perceptions of the world around us and, ultimately, the sustaining power of true parental and familial love under the harshest of conditions.

  • Movie review: 'Spectre' 007 tracks shadowy organization in latest outing

    BY MATTHEW PRICE Features Editor  mprice@opubco.com  | Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    Movie review: "Spectre" is perhaps the most full-out Bond-like of all the Daniel Craig outings, leaning into the formula that's kept agent 007 packing them in cinemas for more than five decades.

  • Movie review: 'Truth' takes one-sided look at decade-old news

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Despite several stellar performances and a few solid points about modern-day journalism, the truth is that the new film “Truth” is too tedious and one-sided for its own good.

  • Movie review: 'Steve Jobs'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Picture your favorite action movie. Now replace all the bullets, explosions and fiery deaths with jagged conversations and verbal volleys. That’s “Steve Jobs,” a dialogue-heavy, metaphor-flinging account of the computer guru’s life. Not the whole thing though, just a 14-year slice. Don’t groan. Even if it feels like there’s a new Jobs film or documentary released as often as a operating system update on your phone. Do we need another film, book or documentary about the highly publicized techie? Probably not. Do we need highly entertaining movies that are able to build Shakespearean levels of drama and feature Aaron Sorkin’s slickest

  • Movie review: ‘Goosebumps’ embraces the over-the-top fun of the books

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    The movie "Goosebumps" embraces the over-the-top combo of kid-size creep-outs and cheeky humor that was the hallmark of the best-selling 1990s preteen book series, which boasts such lurid titles (with covers to match) as “The Blob That Ate Everyone,” “The Cuckoo Clock of Doom” and “Say Cheese and Die!”

  • Movie review: 'Bridge of Spies'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    There's a warm heart to this Cold War drama. If you like history served with a side of ethics, then consider "Bridge of Spies" a buffet.