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Movie review: ‘ParaNorman’

Visually stunning and emotionally charged, the stop-motion feature ParaNorman is a surprisingly heavy bit of family entertainment — and that’s saying a great deal about a ‘toon starring a kid who sees dead people. It’s more Coraline than Sixth Sense, however, but with a great deal to say about the virtues of tolerance. Norman (voiced … Continue reading

From the Vault: ‘Zardoz’

“Beyond 1984. Beyond 2001. Beyond love. Beyond death.” read the tagline for John Boorman’s existentialist 1974 science fantasy flick Zardoz, which was also beyond comprehension for much of its 105-minute runtime. Equal parts ambitious and pretentious, it doesn’t fully live up to its lofty ideas, but it is nevertheless fascinating to watch thanks largely to … Continue reading

‘One Heart’ Open Casting Call

Eterné Films will host an open audition for the cast of the motion picture One Heart on September 9, 11, and 12 at the Hilton Southlake in Southlake Town Center. Based on a true story, the movie recounts a pivotal, life-changing football game between Grapevine Faith School and the Gainesville State School, the latter a maximum-security juvenile detention facility. Director Mark … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Kill List’

Part thriller, part fever dream, British director Ben Wheatley’s genre mash-up Kill List is a shocking, unsettling, forceful work that plays like the missing link between The Wicker Man and Angel Heart by way of Get Carter. Jay (Neil Maskell) is a suburban British husband and father who’s been unemployed for several months. Since then, he’s been bickering with his Swedish wife Shel … Continue reading

Updated! This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theater and CBS Radio present a free outdoor screening of the Dr. Seuss adaptation The Lorax (2012), at dusk on August 12, at Memorial Crawford Park. Details The Texas Theater continues its monthly Pata Negra Spanish film series with a screening of Fernando León de Aranoa’s brilliant drama Mondays in the Sun (2002), 7:30pm (tapas at 6:30pm), August 12, at the … Continue reading

Lovecraftian Horror at the Texas Theatre

The Old Ones will rise over Oak Cliff when the historic Texas Theatre and DOA Blood Bath Entertainment present The Unnameable Blood Bath Film Festival II, a one-day micro-fest of H.P. Lovecraft-themed horror films, with a series of screenings starting at 2pm, August 19, at the theater (details). A contemporary of Conan creator (and native Texan) … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Campaign’

It isn’t brilliant satire, but Jay Roach’s The Campaign is an amusing and almost sadistic look at how low politics can go. Sadly, it arrives during the final stretch of perhaps one of the most acidic presidential campaigns in American history (and that’s saying a lot); as such, the movie is only slightly less ridiculous than … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Bourne Legacy’

It was a good idea on paper, but in execution The Bourne Legacy‘s attempt to re-stoke the fires of the franchise with a new face stuffed in the same formula comes across as Bourne Lite. A good espionage flick weighed down by three movies-worth of familiarity and too much devotion to the series’ back story, its baggage … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theater and CBS Radio present a free outdoor screening of Iron Man (2008), at dusk on August 5, at Memorial Crawford Park. Details The Texas Theater continues its Tuesday Night Trash film series with a screening of the Filipino action comedy D’Wild Wild Weng (1982), 9:15pm, August 7, at the theater. Details The Magnolia’s The Big … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Total Recall’

For a movie about a guy with memory loss, Total Recall seems awfully familiar — and not just because it’s a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 cult-classic hyper-violent action adaptation of author Philip K. Dick‘s short story “We can Remember It for You Wholesale”. Written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) and directed by Len Wiseman (the Underworld series), … Continue reading

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