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Movie review: ‘After Earth’

For the past few years, critiquing a movie by M. Night Shyamalan has been something akin to shooting fish in a barrel, with a rocket launcher. The auteur wowed viewers with his carefully crafted The Sixth Sense in 1999, but he’s failed to live up to his potential since then. In fact, the quality of … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with the epic biopic Cleopatra (1963), 2pm, May 26, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of John Landis’ classic comedy Animal House (1978), 9:15pm, May 31, at the theater. Details You’re gonna need a bigger boat, because the Inwood Theatre’s Midnight Madness feature for this week is Steven … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Fast and Furious 6’

A funny thing happened at the megaplexes last summer. That was when Fast Five debuted, and unexpectedly crystallized the formula of what had to that point been a very formulaic franchise. The restraints came off, any last remaining vestiges of logic were shed, and a ragtag group of action heroes were assembled with Avengers-esque grandeur for … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Inwood Theatre’s Midnight Madness features for this week are Tommy Wiseau’s cult-classic Z-grade drama The Room (2003) on May 24; and the classic rock musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on May 25, at the theater. Details The Fairmont Hotel’s Summer Dive-In series resumes with a poolside screening of the animated feature Wreck-It Ralph (2012), 8:30pm, May 25, at the hotel pool on … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

The latest entry into the long-running Star Trek franchise finds the series still boldly going, though not quite where no one has gone before. When the reboot movie Star Trek was released in 2009, it re-invigorated the franchise and  left its future wide open; Star Trek Into Darkness sees it backtrack a bit a recover what … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), various showtimes, May 12, at the theater. Details Central 214 at the Hotel Palomar continues its Sunday Sunset Movie Nights on the Patio series with a screening of My Fair Lady (1964), 9pm, May 12; and Gladiator (2000), 9pm, May 19, at the hotel. Details … Continue reading

To Go Boldly Where No Critic Has Gone Before: Ranking the ‘Star Trek’ Films

The release of Star Trek (2009) not only reinvigorated Gene Roddenberry’s successful science fiction franchise, it also helped deliver a one-two punch to what had been an unwritten cinematic law: even-numbered Trek movies tend to be blockbuster hits, but odd-numbered ones are unapologetic box office bombs. The first blow to what had always been a … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Great Gatsby’

Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce’s gaudy adaptation of The Great Gatsby hits all the high points but plumbs few of the depths of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel. It’s a cartoon take on the  classic novel of one man’s collision with the American dream during the Roaring Twenties, and much like its characters it … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theater’s Tuesday Night Trash series continues with a screening of the horror comedy Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988), 9pm, May 7, at the theater. Details Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with the science fiction classic Alien (1979), 2 and 7pm, May 8, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Iron Man 3’

A rare threequel that finds new ground to till rather than a rehash of what came before, Iron Man 3 proves that not only is there life after The Avengers, there’s still plenty of mileage left in the tanks of superhero-themed movies. The early buzz has proclaimed it to be the best Marvel movie yet; … Continue reading

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