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Movie review: ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’

At first blush, Jack the Giant Slayer would appear to be nothing more but the latest in what’s becoming a long and lackluster line of hipster re-imaginings of classic fairy tales; in truth, it’s something those films have failed to be: entertaining. Where Snow White and the Huntsman and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters were … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Snitch’

Despite what the commercials would have you believe, Dwayne Johnson’s crime drama Snitch is not an action extravaganza; rather, Johnson, director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon), and co-screenwriter Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, The Clearing) have created a slow-burning character drama that ditches the tired fantasy of a righteous one-man army single-handedly righting a litany of wrongs … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’

So far, the first few weeks of 2013 have characterized it as the year aging action heroes have been dusted and wheeled out for their umpteenth go at creative mayhem. So far, in terms of box office performance, their respective flicks have sank from sight faster than the Titanic. (The actual ship mind you, not … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Side Effects’

For the past few years, writer-director and indie-film icon Steven Soderbergh has voiced his intent to retire from filmmaking, and has so far failed to make good on that threat. The past three years alone have seen him release of Haywire, Contagion, and Magic Mike — each an exceptional works in its own right. With … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘John Dies at the End’

From its spoileriffic title through to its bizarre left-field climax, writer-director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) gleefully taps into the irreverent, self-referencing tone of Big Trouble in Little China, Buckaroo Banzai, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and throws minor inconveniences such as coherence, linear storytelling, and plot plausibility under the bus in favor of rampant farce and cheap thrills … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theatre will also screen a 35mm print of Martin Scorsese’s mob epic Goodfellas (1990), 5pm, February 3, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of John Cameron Mitchell’s rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), 8pm, February 3, at the theater. Details The Texas Theater’s Tuesday Night Trash series resumes with a screening of … Continue reading

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