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Movie review: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Much like the under-appreciated Zathura: A Space Adventure, writer-director Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a spiritual sequel to Joe Johnston’s 1995 classic Jumanji, rather than a reboot or a remake. It pays mild homage to its predecessor while charting its own course with a solid, if obvious, spin on the premise. It’s a pleasant … Continue reading

Movie review: “Ben-Hur”

It’s almost impressive that director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) had the gumption to remake a cinematic icon. Unfortunately, that’s the extent of his daring. He opts to play it safe and more than a little toothless with the godfather of Biblical epics, rather than going for broke with a more stylized interpretation. As a result, there’s not of … Continue reading

Movie review: “The Legend of Tarzan”

Less pompous than Greystoke (1984) but more cartoonish than Disney’s 1999 animated version of the material,  The Legend of Tarzan is pretty to look at but ultimately hollow and occasionally shoddy. This latest adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s pulp character hinges on a clever premise with a built-in conflict, mainly the early days of King Leopold II … Continue reading

Movie review: “Everest”

Spectacle film-making with a purpose, Everest is a welcome throwback to the testorone-heavy adventure flicks of past decades. Based on the true story of the tragic May 10-11, 1996 excursion to the summit of the world’s highest peak that resulted in the deaths of eight mountaineers, it’s an epic man-versus-nature story that reminds us of what happens when … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Kimbell Art Museum’s Summer Adventure Series: From Amazon to Andes series begins with a screening of Walter Salles’ biopic The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), 2pm, June 30, at the museum. Details The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Dario Argento’s cult classic giallo film Deep Red (1975), 8pm, June 30, at the theater. Details The Highland Park Film Festival‘s summer film series continues … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The First Sunday Film Club debuts with a screening of the Southern Gothic drama Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), 2pm June 2, at the Fort Worth Public Library. Details Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with Steven Spielberg’s whopper of a fish story Jaws (1975), 2 and 7pm June 2 and 2pm June 5, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The … 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

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Texas Theater presents a double-screening of Terry Gilliam’s time-travel adventure film 12 Monkeys (1995) along with the avant-garde Chris Marker short that inspired it, “La Jetee”, 6:15pm, September 30, at the theater. Details The Dallas Film Society launches its new weekly Movies at Sundown Series with a screening of Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo novel Fear … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theater and CBS Radio present a free outdoor Spanish-language screening of the Shrek 2 (2004), at dusk on July 29, at Memorial Crawford Park. Details The Magnolia’s The Big Movie films series concludes its two-part Disaster! series with a screening of the epitome of the disaster movie, The Towering Inferno (1974), 7:30pm, July 31, at the … Continue reading

From the Vault: ‘Who Dares Wins’

A true guilty pleasure, Who Dares Wins (released in the US as The Final Option, 1982) makes up for its rough edges with attitude, flair, and a well-staged action climax. Lewis Collins (the UK series The Professionals) stars as Captain Skellen, British soldier in the elite Special Air Service (the title refers to the SAS … Continue reading

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