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This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Kimbell Art Museum’s Summer Adventure Series: From Amazon to Andes series continues with a screening of Werner Herzog’s masterpiece Aquirre, the Wrath of God (1972), 2pm, July 28, at the museum. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Stand By Me (1986), 5pm, July  28, at the theater. Details The Angelika Film Center’s month-long The Spectacular Now film series cocnludes … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Wolverine”

Let’s face it: Old man Logan took a serious cinematic beating in his first solo outing, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), most of it from the writer and director rather than the villains. It was a hard enough flop to strike down a planned series of Origins films (which thankfully resulted in X-Men: First Class and … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Angelika Film Center’s month-long The Spectacular Now film series continues with Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical comedy Almost Famous (1999) at 7:30pm, July 23, at the Angelika Theater. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Stand By Me (1986), various showtimes, July  25-28, at the theater. Details The Angelika Film Center’s After Hours feature for the week is Rocky (1976) at 11:45pm, July 26 and … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Red 2’

Much like its 2010 predecessor, based on Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer’s comic book about elderly secret agents forced out of retirement after they’re targeted for elimination, Red 2 is free from lofty expectations. Red was a surprise sleeper hit that earned points from a smart script, fantastic casting, and the novelty of watching Helen … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theatre also presents 25th anniversary screenings of a 35mm print of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), 5:30, July  14, at the theater. Details The Highland Park Film Festival‘s summer film series continues with a screening of Sunset Blvd. (1950), 7pm, July 15, at the Highland Park Village Theater. Details The Nasher Sculpture Center presents an outdoor screening of the … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Pacific Rim’

Geek-auteur Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is no more or less bombastic than this summer’s other event-film spectacles, but damn if it isn’t a lot smarter, more fun, and less heavy-handed than most of what’s come down the pipe. Some of its intricacies may be lost on mainstream moviegoers, but for those of raised on … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Harold Ramis and John Hughes’ epic road trip comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), 5pm, July 7, at the theater. Details The Angelika Film Center’s month-long The Spectacular Now film series begins with Say Anything… (1989) at 7:30pm, July 9, at the Angelika Theater. Details The Texas Theater’s Tuesday Night Trash series continues with a … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Way, Way Back’

Familiar and  tad predictable, yet funny and satisfying, The Way, Way Back is a breezy throwback to Meatballs era of coming-of-age comedies, and a refreshing bit of counter-programming in a summer full of  bombastic big-budget event movies. The movie was produced, written, and directed by actors Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher) and Jim Rash (Community), the Academy … Continue reading

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