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Scare Tactics: 11 Horror Classics for Halloween

October is upon us. It’s supposed to be the scariest month of the year, but you’d never know it by looking at the marquee of your local megaplex. The run-up to Halloween usually means some good — or at least passable — horror flicks. These days most of what we get are tepid remakes, half-assed … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theater presents a double-screening of Terry Gilliam’s time-travel adventure film 12 Monkeys (1995) along with the avant-garde Chris Marker short that inspired it, “La Jetee”, 6:15pm, September 30, at the theater. Details The Dallas Film Society launches its new weekly Movies at Sundown Series with a screening of Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo novel Fear … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Looper’

Smartly conceived and superbly realized, Looper is a high-concept action-thriller that doesn’t bury its viewers under superfluous detail, spin its wheels in a confusing plot, or wallow in its own cleverness. Writer-director Rian Johnson (the exceptional Brick and the not-so-much The Brothers Bloom) borrows tropes from the likes of The Terminator and 12 Monkeys, but what he delivers stands … Continue reading

It’s About Time… Travel.

Next week sees the release of Looper, a science fiction flick in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a hitman who kills targets sent back through time by gangsters the near future, a job that gets unexpectedly complicated when his latest target turns out to be his future self (Bruce Willis). We at Movie Ink love a … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theater celebrates 50 years of Bond-age with screenings of 007’s film debut, Dr. No (1962), various showtimes, September 23, at the theater. Details The Magnolia concludes its Challenging Autuer film miniseries with a screening of Jean-Charles Tacchella’s romantic comedy Cousin Cousine (1975), 7:30 and 10pm, September 25, at the theater. Details Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios conclude the Autumn portion of … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘End of Watch’

Sleek, uncompromising, and smartly executed, David Ayer’s (Harsh Times) gritty cop drama End of Watch delivers a tightly written (and tightly wound) character-driven crime story wrapped around charismatic performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. It makes Training Day (also written by Ayer) look like a Sunday picnic, but by all rights End of Watch shouldn’t work worth … Continue reading

New ‘Hobbit’ Trailer Arrives

The new trailer for the first film in Peter Jackson’s (now) trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel went online today. Footage includes sneak peaks of Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, a glimpse of Gollum, Richard Armitage of Thorin, and appearances of returning players Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Hugo Weaving. Take a look:

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Goethe Center present a screening of the documentary about the final fate of the Berlin, After the Fall (1999), 2pm, September 16, in the museum’s Horchow Auditorium. Details The Magnolia continues its Challenging Autuer film miniseries with a screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s stunning drama Vivre Sa Vie (1962), 7:30 and 10pm, September 18, at the … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Arbitrage’

Richard Gere resurfaces, only to be trapped in an atonal crime drama that picks the wrong time and place to ask audiences to root for a Wall Street banker — one trying to cover up manslaughter and shady business dealings, no less. Admittedly, Gere is in fine form, it’s too bad his is a great … Continue reading

From the Vault: “Cannibal! The Musical” (1993)

Long before they gave us South Park and The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker and Matt Stone made their first forays into film and musicals with this indie black comedy based on the infamous story of Alferd Packer, the only American found guilty of cannibalism. The real Packer was a Colorado gold prospector who was the sole … Continue reading

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