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This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theater presents a special 4th of July outdoor screening of the romantic comedy One Crazy Summer (1986), 9pm, July 4, in Kiest Park. Details Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios continue their Reel Classics summer film series with a screening of a digitally restored print of the musical-themed compilation That’s Entertainment (1974), 2 and … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Contagion’

Cool rationale over tired melodrama and methodical storytelling as opposed to cheap set pieces are the key factors in Steven Soderbergh’s docudrama-thriller Contagion, a disturbingly realistic movie about a relentless viral outbreak that may do for sales of hand sanitizer and surgical masks what anthrax did for duct tape and plastic sheeting in the early … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Magic Mike’

After a string of recent misfires such as the two-part Che biopic, The Girlfriend Experience, and The Informant!, America’s own auteur Steven Soderbergh has bounced back considerably over the past year; delivering the chilling ensemble drama Contagion, the low-key action-thriller Haywire, and now the raunchy, funny male stripper movie Magic Mike. A non-judgemental movie about selling sex … Continue reading

Second Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel

Last year, Reservoir Geeks sponsored an event to save the Days Inn Hillsboro TX where the motel scenes of Wes Anderson’s 1996 debut movie Bottle Rocket were filmed. In movie terms, the event was enough of a success to warrant a sequel, and so on July 21st, the Second Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket … Continue reading

Fall of the ‘Titans’

Box Office Mojo reports that Wrath of the Titans had a brutal opening weekend.  While it’s no surprise that it did not unseat The Hunger Games from the #1 spot (the former earned $200 million in its first week), Wrath‘s estimated $35.1 million opening weekend falls far short of its predecessor’s $61.2 million opening. Why? Probably because it’s … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Wrath of the Titans’

As an unwarranted sequel to a poorly received remake of a tepid ’80s fantasy flick that rates as a B-grade cult gem at best, there’s very little to justify Wrath of the Titans‘ existence. One can only assume that somebody wanted a do-over of what could have been a potentially good franchise starter. The only … Continue reading

Movie review: ’21 Jump Street’

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in ’21 Jump Street’ As a feature film retread of a vapid ’80s cop show re-imagined as an R-rated slapstick action-comedy starring that one kid from Superbad and that dude from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the comedy 21 Jump Street should logically suck. It somehow works, and works well. Directors … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Sound of Noise’

Quite likely the first caper comedy to pit a tone-deaf policeman against a gang of anarchist musicians, Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson’s Sound of Noise is a light, crisp bit of cinema imported from Sweden. Expanding the duo’s 2001 short film “Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers”, the story lightly spoofs police procedurals as it … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Bullhead’

Matthias Schoenaerts in ‘Bullhead’. An ambitious debut by director Michael R. Roskam, the Belgian crime drama Bullhead is sometimes clumsy, often brutal, and always gripping. It was nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was in the unenviable position of competing against the superb A Separation. The movie begins as a standard mob movie … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘A Separation’

A compelling story about an unraveling marriage, the complexities of contemporary Iran, and the damage wrought by divorce, writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation is a stunning film that is equally intimate, moving, and free of affectation. It’s wrapped in a gritty realness that is disarming and engrossing. That it’s been nominated for an Academy Award for Best … Continue reading

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