• Movies reviews

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Movies reviews

  • Movie review: 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Far from a staid and dusty old story of bygone days, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s new cinematic version of Thomas Hardy’s oft-adapted 1874 novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” glows with life and vitality, while reining in the romantic melodrama.

  • Movie review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

    By Gene Triplett, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    With Mel Gibson off on his own post-apocalyptic path, Australian originator and director George Miller (creator of three previous “Mad Max” outings) resurrects the gritty, doomsday blockbuster franchise with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” this time with hunky Tom Hardy (“Inception”) in the role of Max and hottie Charlize Theron as his mysterious foil Furiosa. As Max seeks peace of mind in a brutal, burned-out world, he tries to help Furiosa find her way across the wasteland to her childhood home.

  • Movie review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron (James Spader), a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

  • Movie review: 'Ex Machina'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A sci-fi drama propelled by its provocative ideas and set in a not-so-distant future.

  • Review: Russell Crowe’s ‘Diviner’ a robust, assured war tale

    BY MEGAN LEHMANN, The Hollywood Reporter | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Making his directorial debut with the brawny and big-hearted Australian war drama “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe taps a deep well of symbolism, cultural empathy and good old-fashioned storytelling. Crowe, who also stars as a grieving father stoically bulldozing through Turkey in search of three sons missing in action after the World War I battle at Gallipoli, is on shakier ground with a gooey romantic subplot, which brings to mind the actor’s out-of-his-element performance in the Ridley Scott rom-com “A Good Year.” With the centenary of Anzac — Australia’s WWI commemorative holiday — commemorations on the horizon, Australians will likely clasp this locally made, handsomely mounted melodrama to

  • Movie review: 'What We Do in the Shadows'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Movie review: The increasingly stale vampire genre gets an infusion of fresh blood with “What We Do in the Shadows,” a delightfully deadpan fake documentary chronicling the lives of the undead.

  • Movie review: 'While We're Young'

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    While grappling with the changes brought by middle-age, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) find their stagnant lives reinvigorated by their friendship with a couple of 20-something hipsters in “While We’re Young.”

  • Movie review: 'Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust and the Bomb'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Mayor Mick Cornett wrote, directed and produced the documentary “Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust and the Bomb.” It opens Friday at the Harkins Theater in Bricktown.

  • Movie review: 'Furious 7'

    By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Movie review: Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of “Furious 7.”

  • Movie review: 'It Follows'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Movie review: In “It Follows,” after a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) has disturbing visions and the inescapable feeling that someone — or something — is after her.

  • Movie review: 'Insurgent'

    BY NATHAN POPPE | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    In the sequel to last year’s “Divergent,” drawn from the popular sci-fi young adult books of Veronica Roth, “Insurgent” follows rebel Tris Prior in post-apocalyptic Chicago as she confronts her inner demons and continues her battle against a powerful alliance that threatens war and the certain destruction of the people she loves.

  • Movie review: 'Cinderella'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Kenneth Branagh is certain to lend a serious “Masterpiece” sheen as director of the star-studded, live-action retelling of the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale, which also will benefit from a sterling roster of British acting worthies in key roles.

  • Movie review: 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    American Richard Gere joins the star-studded roster of British expats ensconced in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” director John Madden’s follow-up to the lively geriatric romance of 2011.

  • TV review: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Being the president ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. That’s my biggest takeaway from my marathon viewing session of the third “House of Cards” offering. All 13 episodes were available via Netflix to stream instantly on Feb. 27 and what a fitting Oklahoma weekend it was to watch 677 minutes of drama straight from the halls […]

  • Movie review: 'Focus'

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Writing-directing partners Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) will bring audiences into “Focus,” a crime comedy-drama starring Will Smith as a con artist who takes a beautiful young woman (Margot Robbie, “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as his protege, only to complicate their lives when they fall in love.

  • Movie review: 'Song of the Sea'

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Like a precious tapestry, the Oscar-nominated animated fable “Song of the Sea,” from “The Secret of Kells” filmmaker Tomm Moore, unfurls full of deep magic and exceptional artistry.

  • Movie review: 'The DUFF'

    By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The cruelty of the high school social pecking order is taken to task in the teen comedy “The DUFF,” when a senior student discovers she’s been named the “designated ugly fat friend” (the DUFF) by her prettier and more popular female classmates. Directed by Ari Sandel, the cast includes Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney and Skyler Samuels.

  • Movie review: 'McFarland, USA'

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Sports movie regular Kevin Costner takes the field again, this time in Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” the true story of a coach who turns a cross-country team from a Latino high school in California into a major championship contender, despite the social obstacles of the ’80s. The film also stars Maria Belo and is directed by Niki Caro (“North Country,” “Whale Rider,” “A Heavenly Vintage”).

  • Movie review: 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

    By Nathan Poppe, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”) directs “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the pop-culture phenomenon by British author E.L. James. It stars Jamie Dornan in the title role as a kinky young billionaire and Dakota Johnson as the virginal college graduate who becomes involved with him in a sexual affair that apparently involves a lot of whips and ropes.