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Movie Review: ‘Labor Day’

Jason Reitman showed an amazing degree of emotional acuity with his first three movies: Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), and  Up In the Air (2009); sadly, every single bit of that seems to have evaporated with his screen adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel Labor Day. As hokey and tone-deaf as it is implausible, this sloppy … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

As part of its Novel Flicks series, the Alamo Drafthouse will screen Ang Lee’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1995), noon, January 26, at the theater. Details The Magnolia’s Big Movie film series continues with Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975), 7:30pm, January 28, at the theater. Details For its Girlie Night series, the Alamo Drafthouse will screen John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles (1984), 7:30pm, … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

As part of its Alamo 100 series, the Alamo Drafthouse will screen Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy masterpiece City Lights (1931), noon, January 19, at the theater. Details The Magnolia’s Big Movie film series continues with the Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic Goodfellas (1990), 7:30 and 10:15pm, January 21, at the theater. Details Also for its Alamo 100 series, the Alamo Drafthouse will screen Steven … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

The first truly mediocre movie of 2014 has arrived. A well-meaning attempt to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise (if it can seriously be called that), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a surprisingly, disappointingly tepid thriller that succumbs to the same fatal flaw that sank Swordfish and its ilk: computer crime doesn’t make for great action … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Alamo Drafthouse will screen Terry Gilliam’s surreal dark satire Brazil (1985), noon, January 12, at the theater. Details The Magnolia’s Big Movie film series continues with the action comedy Midnight Run (1988), 7:30 and 10pm, January 14, at the theater. Details The Alamo Drafthouse will screen the Cold War thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990), 7pm, January 14 (with screenings of the … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Her’

A heartbreaking, quirky, and ultimately inspiring look at love in the Information Age, Spike Jonze’s Her is an unconventional romantic comedy that offers a profound and incredibly insightful meditation on relationships in a world changing faster than we can comprehend. Joaquin Phoenix delivers one of his most nuanced performances as Theodore, a lost soul living in … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Lone Survivor’

Based on ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s book about a 2005 mission in Afghanistan that went shockingly and tragically bad, Lone Survivor plays out like the antithesis of the standard hoo-rah military-themed action films that have been a staple of American cinema since the 1960s. Much like similar fact-based films Black Hawk Down and Captain Phillips, the … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

To launch its Alamo 100 classic films series, the Alamo Drafthouse will screen Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), 12:30pm, January 5, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre will screen a 35mm print of Spike Jonze’s surrealistic comedy Being John Malkovich (1999), 5pm, January 5, at the theater. Details As part of its Big Screen Classics series the Alamo Drafthouse will … Continue reading

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