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From the Vault: ‘Ravenous’ (1999)

Largely forgotten, Antonia Bird’s underappreciated horror-dramedy is a flawed (she was brought in to replace a director who had chafed under Fox 2000’s heavy-handed management) but gruesomely fun time-killer that may be the best (and possibly only) movie about cannibalism ever directed by a vegetarian. Guy Pearce stars as Captain John Boyd, an Army officer … Continue reading

Spies Like These: Cold War Espionage Classics

We here at Movie Ink live by the maxim that “Being paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you”, and quite frankly we miss the Cold War. The world made more sense back then (in a surreal, Orwellian sort of way). The 50th anniversary of James Bond’s film career and the upcoming release of … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theater presents special digital re-release screenings of John Carpenter’s classic slasher flick Halloween (1978), 8:30pm, October 28 and 31, at the theater. Details The Texas Theater’s Tuesday Night Trash series resumes with a screening of the vintage horror classic White Zombie (1932) starring Bela Lugosi, plus a Trashy Trailer Show, 9pm, October 30, at the theater. Details Cinemark Theaters and … Continue reading

‘Midnight in Paris’ Screening with Owen Wilson Q&A

The Dallas Film Society presents a repertory screening of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, preceded by a Q&A with actor and Dallas native Owen Wilson, at 7:45pm, October 28, on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park. DFS Artistic Director James Faust will introduce the program, and former WFAA film critic Gary Cogil will … Continue reading

USAFF Presents Panel Discussions with Texas Filmmakers

Texan director Del Shores (Sordid Lives) and actor-producer Emerson Collins will headline a two-day series of panels (below) presented by the USA Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, at the Angelika Film Center. Shores and Collins will also open their latest feature, Blues for Willadean, featuring recent Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). Friday, October … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Cloud Atlas’

Layered, ambitious, steeped in symbolism and philosophy, Cloud Atlas is almost everything you’d expect from a movie directed (or in this instance, co-directed) by the Wachowskis. “Almost” is a good thing in this instance, as the movie (based on David Mitchell’s novel) sheds most of the didacticism and visual excess that made the Matrix sequels … Continue reading

‘Iron Man 3’ Teaser Trailer Arrives

Marvel has posted the first official Iron Man 3 footage for public consumption, featuring some tease images of Tony Starks ne Mark XLVII armor and Ben Kingsley as the film’s protagonist. This installment, with Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) replacing Jon Favreau as director, finds Iron Man/Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) challenged by a shadowy menace … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Kimbell Art Museum and Lone Star Film Society present a rare public screening of the recently restored complete original version of Fritz Lang’s influential silent-era sci-fi epic Metropolis (1927), 2pm, October 21, at the museum. Details The Magnolia’s Big Movie film miniseries presents a screening of William Friedkin’s thoroughly frightening The Exorcist (1973), 7:30pm, October 23, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre’s … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Alex Cross’

A classic misfire if there ever was one, Rob Cohen’s Alex Cross is intended to reboot the series based on the character made popular by James Patterson’s novels, previously played in two movies starring Morgan Freeman back in the ’90s. That comedy actor Tyler Perry (creator and star of the mega-popular Madea franchise) was cast in … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Wuthering Heights’

With her suitably bleak and decidedly oblique adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold (“Wasp”, Red Road) delivers a Wuthering Heights that is as cold and distant as is it lush and atmospheric. Anyone with a prejudice against Gothic melodrama isn’t likely to have their minds changed here. For all that’s … Continue reading

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