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Movie review: ” ’71”

A disarmingly effective blend of “a night on the run” thriller and historical/political drama, ’71 is one of those rare movies that catches viewers almost completely off-guard and leaves the rattled to the core. Writer Gregory Burke and director Yann Demange, both television veterans making their feature film debut, stick with the notion that less is more and … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Dom Hemingway’

He’s his own worst enemy and the kind of guy you love and hate in equal measure, a man you want to smack some bloody sense into but don’t because it’s likely a body part or two will get ripped off by him; and in Jude Law’s capable hands, Dom Hemingway is a lunatic bastard with the … 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

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

Movie review: ‘Trance’

Director Danny Boyle’s first feature film since 127 Hours (2010), the sleek and sexy but slightly flawed psycho-thriller Trance is Inception by way of Billy Wilder’s Charade. An occasionally too-convoluted slice of neo-noir, it is nevertheless a fun ride that reminds us to be careful when digging into dark questions, lest we be unfortunate enough … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Quartet’

Charming but toothless, Quartet is genteel light dramedy marking the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman. “I like to see what I can get away with,” the actor, 75, recently said in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail. You’d never guess it from his film’s overwhelming desire to play it safe. While it isn’t … Continue reading

A Very Un-Merry Christmas: Movies from the Naughty List

Let’s face it: Between the shopping frenzy and having to put up with one’s relatives, the holidays are more stressful than they theoretically should be. Sitting down to decompress just to be confronted with the umpteenth broadcast of A Christmas Carol or The Miracle on 34th Street is enough to curdle one’s eggnog. (We here … Continue reading

Hunger Games: Some Inappropriate Thanksgiving Viewing

The four-day family food fest known as Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s a special time of year, all about spending time with people you may or may not like, obligated to do so simply because you share some common DNA. Times are tough these days, with the world experiencing its worst recession ever, and groceries … Continue reading

007’s Greatest Hits: A Look at 50 Years of Bondage

This week sees the release of the highly anticipated Skyfall, the 23rd screen outing of James Bond, released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the character’s film career. It’s a track record matched only by Godzilla, who’s just as popular with audiences but doesn’t land nearly as many babes as 007. As with many … Continue reading

Spies Like These: Cold War Espionage Classics

We here at Movie Ink live by the maxim that “Being paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you”, and quite frankly we miss the Cold War. The world made more sense back then (in a surreal, Orwellian sort of way). The 50th anniversary of James Bond’s film career and the upcoming release of … Continue reading

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