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Movie review: “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”

Almost everything is awesome in Mike Mitchell’s (Trolls) obligatory sequel to Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s breakout 2014 animated feature. The gags are still fast, furious, and often deeply referential; the animation still impressively blurs the line between CGI and super-convincing stop-motion; and the songs are still maddeningly catchy — especially the one titled aptly … Continue reading

Movie review: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Though it’s not as consistently or as unrelentingly hilarious as The Lego Movie, Chris McKay’s comic book spin-off is nevertheless a clever and enjoyable spoof of comic book movies in general, and the Dark Knight in particular. After the morose beat-down that was the ludicrously self-important Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s a much needed … Continue reading

Movie review: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

LAIKA Studios continues its streak of smart, idiosyncratic, and quirky animated features with the stunning Kubo and the Two Strings. The maker of Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls not only continues to up its game which each successive film, it makes a quantum leap forward with Kubo, accenting its unique story with some CGI flourishes while staying true … Continue reading

Movie review: “Sausage Party”

An eight-year passion project from the thoroughly baked minds of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party is an hilariously vulgar and unabashedly pointed satire on religion and send-up of the Pixar formula. At last, an animated movie for those of us who have pondered the existential dread at the heart of the Toy … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

It’s a rare sequel — animated or otherwise — that expands the story of its predecessor without rehashing it, and an even rarer family-oriented film that manages to be fun and mature without being condescending to its audience. How to Train Your Dragon 2 does both. Set five years after the first movie, a clunky prologue … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Magnolia’s Big Movie film series continues with A Letter to Three Wives (1949), 7:30 and 10pm, February 4, at the theater. Details The Texas Theatre will pay tribute to the late Run Run Shaw with a trailer compilation followed by a screening of The Boxers Omen (1983), 9:15pm, February 4, at the theater. Details The Angelika Film Center presents a screening … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

Cinemark Theaters and Paramount Studios’ Reel Classics series continues with a Tenth Anniversary screening of the Christmas comedy Elf (2003), 2pm November 24, and 2pm and 7pm November 27, at select Cinemark theaters. Details The Alamo Drafthouse’s Tough Ladies in Cinema series concludes with a screening of Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve (1941), 2:05pm, November 24; at the theater. Details here. The Alamo … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Kimbell Art Museum’s Summer Adventure Series: From Amazon to Andes series concludes with a screening of Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (1939), 2pm, August 25, at the museum. Details The Texas Theatre also presents a 35mm print of the live-action fantasy-action cult classic Masters of the Universe (1987), 4:30pm, August 25, at the theater. Details The Alamo Drafthouse presents a screening … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings

The Texas Theatre presents a 35mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987), 6pm, August 18, at the theater. Details The Highland Park Film Festival‘s summer film series concludes with a screening of the classic musical The Sound of Music (1965), 7pm, August 19, at the Highland Park Village Theater. Details The Alamo Drafthouse presents a screening of the Ealing Studios comedy Whisky … Continue reading

This Week’s Special Screenings:

The Dallas Museum of Art’s Love, War, and Myth in Ancient Greece summer film series continues with a free screening of Clash of the Titans (1981), 7pm, August 15, in the museum’s Horchow Auditorium. Details Chris Vognar’s Screening Room monthly series resumes with a free screening of Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking thriller M (1931) at 7:30pm, August 15, at the … Continue reading

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