• Movie review: 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    "The Stanford Prison Experiment" gives an inside look at prison culture.

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Infinity Polar Bear'

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Movie reviews, including "Infinity Polar Bear"

  • Movie review: 'When Marnie Was There'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this review is in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 of 4 stars. Movie review: 'When Marnie Was There' The legacy of one of the most beloved animation houses in cinema history might be a bit too weighty for the delicately rendered fable “When Marnie Was There,” but apart from its status as possibly the last film from Japan’s acclaimed Studio Ghibli, the coming-of-age story dazzles the eyes and stirs the heart. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who adapted Mary Norton’s book "The Borrowers" into Studio Ghibli’s 2010 film “The Secret World of Arrietty,” draws from another distinctly British tale with “Marnie,” based on

  • Movie review: 'Southpaw'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Wanna watch Jake Gyllenhaal bleed profusely for two hours? That’s the plight of his fictional boxer Billy “The Great” Hope inside and outside of the boxing ring in “Southpaw.” The film has been in production limbo for several years and was originally supposed to star rapper Eminem, but it eventually found sure footing in its star. The unapologetically brutal sports tale from director Antoine Fuqua is a winning father/daughter drama wrapped inside a straightforward redemption flick. Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-caliber performance is the draw here, and he delivers the goods. He reportedly regained the 30 pounds he shed for another drama,”Nightcrawler,” and

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    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Movie reviews: "Aloft," "Cartel Land," "Paper Towns," "Pixels," "Southpaw," "Testament of Youth," "Vatican Tapes" and "When Marnie Was There."

  • Sherlock goes in new directions in 'Mr. Holmes'

    Colin Cover Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    With Robert Downey Jr. making him a skull-cracking action hero on the big screen and Benedict Cumberbatch making him a high-functioning sociopath on TV, what sort of Sherlock Holmes yarn can add fresh story material? How about Ian McKellen playing the immortal character as we’ve never seen him before?

  • 'Ant Man' more 'Ocean's 11' than 'Avengers'

    By Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    “Ant-Man” is less origin story and more heist film.

  • Movie review: 'Trainwreck'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" is one of the funniest movies of summer.

  • Movie review: 'Trainwreck'

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Believability is a funny thing. So is “Trainwreck,” a romantic comedy that provoked so many laughs during my screening that dozens of jokes were rendered inaudible. That’s a good thing. The summer movie season has delivered several record-breaking, blockbuster efforts and the only thing more unbelievable than their advertising budgets is, in fact, believability. From […]

  • Movie review: 'Amy'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie review: "Amy" Unflinching but never heartless or sensational, director Asif Kapadia's new documentary asks how the life of retro-jazz singer-singer Amy Winehouse corkscrewed into an untimely death at the mythical age of 27 with so many people watching. "I don't think I’m going to be at all famous," Amy Winehouse muses in one of the now-chilling early interviews revisited in the new documentary “Amy.” "I don't think I could handle it. I'd probably go mad.

  • Movie review: 'Minions'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 of 4 stars Movie review: 'Minions' The little, yellow, different Minions who split sides in two smash “Despicable Me” movies manage -- just barely -- to frolic through enough sight gags, pop culture references and sheer lunacy to keep their madcap 91-minute star vehicle rolling. Like tiny digital images blown up into pixelated messes, many a sidekick, comic relief character and “Saturday Night Live” sketch has lost its charm when converted to the feature film format.

  • Movie review: 'Amy'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Movie review: Unflinching but never heartless or sensational, “Amy” even challenges the conventional view that the silencing of Amy Winehouse’s signature voice is the most tragic part of her story.

  • ‘Minions’ remain unabashedly absurd

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The "Minions" movie may be missing some of the heart of previous movies, but it is still full of silliness and laughs.

  • Movie review: 'Ted 2'

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Movie review: 'Ted 2' should have stayed stuffed.

  • Movie review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is a book adaptation that escapes the shadow of its source material and creates its own quirky world.

  • Movie review: 'Inside Out'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Meet "Inside Out," a perfect movie. It's Pixar's 15th film in 20 years and it should be marked as a pinnacle in animated storytelling. Director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) just knocks it out of the park.

  • Movie review: 'Jurassic World'

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Movie review: "Jurassic World," the fourth and most advertised of the CGI-heavy series that treats genetic science similar to how Vin Diesel's driving treats physics, is the biggest, dumbest and most blatantly entertaining one of the bunch.

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    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

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  • 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.




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