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This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theatre presents Dino De Laurentiis and Mike Hodges’ science fiction-action-comedy-adventure classic Flash Gordon (1980), various showtimes, January 3-6, at the theater. Details The Inwood Theatre’s Midnight Madness series presents Mel Brooks’ western spoof Blazing Saddles (1974) on January 4 and 5, at the theater. Details

Movie review: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

With the riveting, compelling, and unshakably haunting Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow proves her historic Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker was no fluke. She takes the heightened realism of that movie one step further here, tapping into the cinema verité feel of The Battle of Algiers for a dramatic retelling of the decade-long hunt for … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theatre presents the best Christmas flick ever made, A Christmas Story (1983), various showtimes, December 23-25, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre presents Sergio Corbucci’s classic spaghetti western Django (1966), 6:30pm December 23 and 7pm December 27, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre will screen a restored 35mm print of the director’s cut Milos Forman’s epic biopic … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Les Misérables’

Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) extravagant movie adaptation of the long-running musical version of Victor Hugo’s tale of the haves and the have-nots, is systematically big, loud, splashy, and melodramatic — exactly what it should be, all things considered. Boasting big-budget opulence and a star-studded cast, it doesn’t radically re-interpret Les Misérables, but it does … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Django Unchained’

With the campy, violent, tongue-in-cheek pulp western Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino comes at us full-tilt, both guns appropriately blazing. Hollywood’s most idiosyncratic working director seems intent on one-upping himself, doing to America’s shameful history with slavery what he did for Nazis in Inglorious Basterds, and then some. Be prepared to squirm in your seat. Tarantino name-checks … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Jack Reacher’

There’s half of a good movie scattered throughout Jack Reacher; unfortunately, it’s overwhelmed by the half that’s not so great. Produced with the intent to kick-start a franchise, it’s so workmanlike and dull that it’s likely to amount to little more than a one-off. That dullness is particularly off-putting, considering it is written and directed … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theatre presents a screening of a 35mm print of The Jerk (1979) starring Steve Martin, 7:30pm, December 16, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre also presents a screening of a restored print of the long-lost the seminal Aussie thriller Wake in Fright (1971), 5pm, December 16, at the theater. Details The Magnolia’s Big Movie film series presents a screening of … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘This is 40’

With 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, writer-director Judd Apatow gave a white bread Middle America a voice with which to shout its meager frustrations while simultaneously deflating them. Unfortunately This is 40, his paean to the onset of middle age, lacks the wit, energy, and goofball insight to do more than whimper. Touted as a sequel … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

When The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring arrived in theaters in 2001 (has it really been that long?) it marked a watershed moment in film: It was the first big-budget live action fantasy movie of its kind, steeped in high production values, a fanboy’s attention to detail, and bleeding edge special … Continue reading

New ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer Arrives!

The new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot has gone online, featuring some emotionally charged footage that actually, finally, gets us a little excited about this project:

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