The boys are at it again. And by boys, we mean our simian cousins in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
Denton’s fledgling mood-rock quartet Chambers looks to be destined for coveted Dallas music awards this year. Chambers, the brainchild of chronically underrated Denton song craftsman and guitarist Judson Valdez, just dropped its nine-track debut album to critical praise (no doubt helped by a cheeky social media campaign “Everybody Hates Chambers,” a video promotion that include the blessing of some of the city’s most respected indie musicians), got picked up by a label and has already done some touring.
Bad Cop/Good Cop (voiced by Liam Neeson) is an unpredictable force in The Lego Movie, which screens tonight at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., as part of the Denton parks department’s free outdoor movie series. In the animated feature, an evil tyrant is making noises about gluing the Lego universe into permanent stasis. An ordinary Lego construction worker named Emmet could save the stacked plastic world by fulfilling a prophecy that poises a “special” Lego character as the savior of the snap-together race. With the voices of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Alison Brie. Families can bring blankets and lawn chairs to the screening. Gather at 8 p.m. for crafts and a marshmallow roast in the park, and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Rated PG, 100 minutes.
Will Johnson said he wasn’t expecting the songs that became Centro-matic’s 11th album, Take Pride in Your Long Odds.“These songs cropped up when I wasn’t expecting it, which happens sometimes,” Johnson said. “The record was written in late fall and early summer in 2011. When they came up and I started writing them, they were stories and it was turning into a character-oriented record.”
In the clever new science-fiction thriller The Signal, it’s the known unknown that delivers the film’s few but effectively chilling moments. Pity the entrapped but intrepid trio who find themselves in a bizarre, escalating nightmare but have no idea what is happening.
Denton’s parks department presents a free movie at 8 p.m. June 19 in Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. In The Nut Job, Surly the squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett) and a gaggle of woodland critters — including Grayson the gray squirrel (Brendan Fraser) and Buddy the rat (Rob Tinkler) — try to steal an easy winter’s worth of nuts. Gather at 8 p.m. for crafts and a marshmallow roast in the park. The movie starts at 9 p.m. Rated PG, 85 minutes. Up next on June 26: The Lego Movie.