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This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theatre will screen a 35mm print of Spike Jonze’s surrealistic comedy Being John Malkovich (1999), TBA, January 2, at the theater. Details The Inwood Theatre’s Midnight Madness feature for this week is the science fiction/action classic Predator (1987) on January 3 and 4, at the theater. Details The Alamo Drafthouse will screen Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), 12:30pm, January 5, at the theater. Details … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘August: Osage County’

Though it may not seem like it at first glance (check out the trailer below), John Wells’ screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play is ideal viewing for anyone dreading a family get-together this week, or any other. Letts’ parade of thoroughly damaged people makes even the Manson Family seem like the Brady Bunch. … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

If you missed it last week, the Alamo Drafthouse will also screen It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), noon, December 22, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre is also screening a 35mm print of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), 4:20pm, December  22, at the theater. Details The Alamo Drafthouse presents a  screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006), 6:20pm, December 22; at the theater. … Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘American Hustle’

The Scorsese movie that Martin Scorsese never directed, American Hustle is a stylish tour de force for director David O. Russell and its stellar cast. Russell creates a taught, delicately plotted caper-comedy that plays out like The Sting filtered through Boogie Nights, drenches it in ’70s period nostalgia, and then gives his cast room to lose … Continue reading

Swords of Doom: Our Favorite Samurai Films

Keanu Reeves has kinda, sorta re-invented himself as a purveyor of old-fashioned martial arts flicks, having recently made his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi and by starring in the upcoming 47 Ronin as an avenging samurai. We here at Movie Ink are suckers for a good samurai movie (a bad one will do in a pinch, … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), 2pm December 15, and 2pm and 7pm December 18, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Angelika Film Center will also screen It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), various showtimes, December 15, 19, and 24, at the Angelika Dallas. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Die … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Though it doesn’t justify exploding a 300-page children’s novel into a trilogy of nearly three-hour movies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug goes a long way towards course correcting the series after the clunky, plodding start of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now that the set-up dispensed with and the story is fully underway, there’s … Continue reading

Celluloid Ghosts: How Past Filmmakers Have Rolled with the Loss of an Actor

Paul Walker’s untimely death in November devastated the friends and fans of the popular actor; it also put the Fast and Furious franchise in limbo. The seventh film in the series — which was intended as a starting point for a third trilogy of F&F movies — was in mid-filming when Walker died, and the … Continue reading

Dragon Quest: The Best Fire-Breathers on Film

We here at Movie Ink were a little peeved around this time last year. We sat through the interminably long first installment of The Hobbit for one simple reason: We wanted to see a giant, flying, fire-breathing dragon. All we got was a tease — a wing here, an extreme close-up of an eyeball there. … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), 2pm December 8, and 2pm and 7pm December 11, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink (1986), 7pm, December 8, at the theater. Details The Alamo Drafthouse presents a special memorial screening of The Fast and the Furious (2001) with … Continue reading

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