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New Trailer for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

The new viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight Rises has kicked into high gear with an elaborate stunt. All around the world, chalk markings of bat logos were left in public for fans to fin, photograph, and send to a special Twitter account. With each new photograph, a new frame of the trailer was … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Haywire’

Standard spy-fi fare presented in a very atypical style, Haywire arrives in time to perk up a dull movie month. Written by Lem Dobbs (Kafka, The Limey) and directed with a boldly minimalist approach by Steven Soderbergh (still keen to play with every known movie genre and thankfully not yet making good on his threat … Continue reading

Super-Zeroes: 11 of the Worst Comic Book Movies Ever Filmed

The long anticipated Avengers will hit theaters this month, and The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man are right behind it. Over the course of the past decade, comic book-themed movies have become huge box office bonanzas; however, for every Dark Knight, X2: X-Men United, and Spider-Man 2, there are scads of comic book-themed … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Magnolia’s The Big Movie classic films series begins its Uptown/Downtown series with a screening of Woody Allen’s masterpiece Manhattan (1979), 7:30pm, May 1, at the theater. Details The Dallas Wine & Food Festival hosts a Cinematic Feast, featuring a four-course dinner by Chef Salvatore Gisellu followed by a screening of  Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck (1987) with an introduction by former Dallas Morning News … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Raven’

A tepid high-concept thriller, The Raven is nice to look at but it only timidly delivers the macabre thrills, tragic romanticism, and oppressive fatalism necessary for a movie that draws heavily from the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Set during the final days of the author’s life, quickly introducing us to a Poe … Continue reading

From the Vault: ‘Boy Wonder’

A young boy witnesses the brutal beating of his father and violent death of his mother one horrible night on an isolated street. Flash forward several years later, and the kid is now a 17-year-old obsessed with finding the killer and extracting vengeance. Any semblance writer-director Michael Morrissey’s harrowing drama Boy Wonder (2010) may have to … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

One of the most enjoyable (albeit more light-hearted) WWII action movies this side of Where Eagles Dare, Captain America: The First Avenger is superhero spectacle by way of Band of Brothers with a dash of The Raiders of the Lost Ark. Clever, brisk, and patriotic (but not jingoistic), it’s one of the better comic book movies … Continue reading

Captain, My Captain: One Hero’s Bumpy Film History

[UPDATED] Captain America: The Winter Soldier made an impressive $200 million worldwide during its opening weekend, and the Marvel Age of comic book movies continued unabated. (See our review here.) The movie proves that the star-spangled franchise has legs; it was also Cap’s eighth live-action appearance (including Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers). Don’t feel out of the … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Contraband’

January is typically the lean season when it comes to movie releases. The studios have fired off their Oscar bait over the holidays and are saving their next round of high-profile tent pole releases for the lucrative spring and summer seasons. That said, Contraband is better than one would expect around that time of the … Continue reading

Silent Movie Marathon at the DMA

The Dallas Museum of Art will present a silent movie mini-marathon on the afternoon of April 29th, as part of its Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties exhibit. The event will include screenings of: Pandora’s Box (1929) 12:30pm, Horchow Auditorium Louise Brooks stars as a siren who captivates the men in her path (including … Continue reading

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