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Movie Review: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

A perfunctory and wholly unsatisfying experience, Snow White and the Huntsman is a glossy, bloated, and hollow movie that is stunning to look at but far too dull to invest much interest in. First-time director Rupert Sanders is a virtuoso in terms of visual flair, but he has a tin ear when it comes to actual storytelling. In short: … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Coriolanus’

Veteran actor Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with a bold adaptation of William Shakespeare’s devastating take on cults of personality. In a bold step, Fiennes has abandoned the story’s original ancient Roman setting in favor of “a place called Rome” that resembles a modern war zone, keeping the original dialogue and utilizing modern trappings … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

There’s no denying that Tilda Swinton gives a tour de force performance in director Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel We Need to Talk About Kevin. No less can be expected from one of the most talented working actors in the business, but the downside is that hers is a tour de force performance … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Man on a Ledge’

Execution is key when it comes to a good — or even just a mediocre — thriller, especially one that hinges on an implausible gimmick or plot concept. If you try to fake you’re way through it, it’ll collapse faster than a house of cards in an earthquake. Director Asger Leth’s and screenwriter Pablo Fenjves’ … Continue reading

Updated! This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theater resumes its Tuesday Night Trash film series with a free screening of Hard to Die aka Sorority House Massacre III (1990), 9pm, May 29, at the theater. Details The Magnolia’s two-part Sir Ridley films series concludes with a screening of Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991), 7:30 and 10pm, May 29, at the theater. Details The Texas … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Chernobyl Diairies’

  A wasted opportunity if there ever was one, Oren Peli’s (Paranormal Activity) anemic Chernobyl Diaries could have been an inspired bit of B-movie gold if it had been a little less half-assed. The story features the usual stock horror movie victims — er, characters — six young vacationers hanging out in the Ukraine who … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Men in Black III’

Arguably the least-anticipated sequel of the year, Men in Black III undoes a lot of the damage caused by the listless, lackluster 2002 follow-up that sucked the life out of what could have been a quirky, lively franchise and left dormant for a decade. MiB3 may have a arrived too late to fully revive the series (less … Continue reading

‘Bernie’ East Texas Premiere Announced

Writer-director Richard Linklater, co-writer and Texas Monthly reporter Skip Hollinsworth, prosecutor Danny Buck Davidson, and defense attorney Scrappy Holmes will attend the East Texas premiere of the true-crime comedy Bernie at 6pm, May 31, at the 4 Star Cinema (1607 U.S. Highway 259 North, Kilgore, TX). Tickets are $150 each; all proceeds from the premiere will benefit … Continue reading

From the Vault: ‘The Forbidden Zone’

Something best described as the misbegotten offspring of John Waters and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and best watched in an altered state of mind, writer-director Richard Elfman’s 1982 slice of bizarro cinema is masterpiece of, uh, well, something. Equal parts artsy and vulgar, it functions remarkably well along the lines of cartoon logic applied … Continue reading

Oak Cliff Film Festival Announced

The Oak Cliff Film Festival has released the final, official schedule for its debut fest, scheduled for June 14-17. Badges are available for pre-sale, and individual tickets will be available June 1st. Proceeds from festival badge sales will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Founded by members of Aviation Cinemas, who took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December … Continue reading

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