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Movie review: ‘Warm Bodies’

A fun and funny twist on the romantic comedy, Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel of love in the time of the zombie apocalypse makes more an unlikely but effective Valentine’s Day date flick, one that plays out like Romeo and Juliet in reverse. It’s hard not to feel some pity for the lad … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), 2 and 7pm, January 30, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining (1980), 7pm, January 27, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre will also screen a 35mm print … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’

Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola has made a name for himself by aping the works of others and blending disparate odds and ends and spinning them into offbeat features. He made his debut with Kill Buljo (a spoof of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill); peaked with the brilliantly cheesy Dead Snow, a horror comedy with — wait … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Quartet’

Charming but toothless, Quartet is genteel light dramedy marking the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman. “I like to see what I can get away with,” the actor, 75, recently said in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail. You’d never guess it from his film’s overwhelming desire to play it safe. While it isn’t … Continue reading

From the Vault: ‘Cronos’ (1992)

It’s been 20 years since Guillermo del Toro made his directorial debut with Cronos; since then he’s made Oscar-winning dark fantasy (Pan’s Labrynth), a Spanish Civil War allegory in the guise of a terrifying ghost story (The Devil’s Backbone), elevated second-tier comic book characters to cult film status (Blade II and the Hellboy films), and … Continue reading

29th Annual KidFilm Festival

The USA Film Festival presents the 29th Annual KidFilm Festival on January 26 and 27 at the Angelika Theater. The oldest and largest children’s film festival in the United States, its programming will include a variety of live-action an animated feature films, as well as a tribute to author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, who will sign … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955), 2 and 7pm, January 23, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining (1980), various showtimes, January 25-27, at the theater. Details The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth … Continue reading

Any Gun Can Play: A Euro Western Primer

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has made some waves since its Christmas release, including some recent wins at the Golden Globes and status as Tarantino’s highest-grossing film to date. Odds are this attention has (hopefully) piqued viewer interest in the “spaghetti westerns” that inspired much of its style and tone. Grungy classics of the ’60s and … Continue reading

Infectious Films: Our Favorite Movie Outbreaks

With fear of an Ebola outbreak hovering over us here in Dallas, the hypochondriacs here at Movie Ink can’t help being fixated on infectious films. Here are some faves that go great with orange juice and cough drops: Panic In the Streets (1950). Directed by Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront) and starring Richard Widmark and Jack … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Mama’

Graced with a simple but rich premise, Mama starts off at a brisk pace but eventually runs out of energy and staggers through a perplexing conclusion that tries to be both happy and downbeat at the same time. Rookie director Andres Muschietti adapts his own Spanish-language short film, under the guiding hand of producer and … Continue reading

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