This week, we begin in Rome: La Dolce Vita (5 stars) Not rated, 174 minutes.
Brad Pitt and his tank crew single-handedly win World War II in the new action-drama film Fury. Someone had to do it. Writer-director David Ayer (Training Day) draws on nearly 70 years of World War II movies, and the latest special effects, to render a conventional but engaging story about a determined sergeant and his men.
Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Nancy and Ronald Reagan and John Kerry are all featured in Kill the Messenger, a taut, fact-based thriller with an apt title. And at its center lies a subversive conspiracy that could only be uncovered with an old-fashioned journalistic investigation.
It doesn’t seem possible that From Here to Eternity could get more sultry than the film’s iconic passionate kiss on the beaches of Pearl Harbor. But Tony Award-winning musical-maker Tim Rice adapted the film for the stage, and if reports are true, audiences had to fan themselves through the big numbers. A filmed version of the musical — about young Army men in 1941 and the women they love — was made of this spring’s production on London’s West End, starring Darius Campbell as First Sgt. Milton Warden and Rebecca Thornhill as Karen Holmes. The company men doff their shirts and the women play peek-a-boo with pinup-style curves while the band plays on. Fathom Events screens the musical at 7:30 p.m. today at theaters including the Denton Cinemark, 2825 Wind River Lane. A repeat screening is at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. The musical is rated R for adult situations. For tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com.
Earnest and well-intentioned, The Identical is based on a “what if” that straddles the line between ingenious and loopy: Suppose Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had lived, been raised separately and unaware that he had a brother, and eventually turned into a world-class Elvis impersonator?
Judging from The November Man, based on a novel by Bill Granger, the CIA’s operations in Eastern Europe are a friends-and-family affair. Former colleagues plot one another’s deaths. A junior officer interrogates her superior. A scorned pupil takes aim at his mentor’s loved ones. Geopolitical intrigue ranks second to daddy issues.
Fathom Events joins the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media in broadcasting the red-carpet premiere of The Giver at select theaters on Monday. Participating Texas cinemas will broadcast a tape delay of the event at 7 p.m. Monday, including a screening at the AMC Highland Village 12 cinema, 4090 Barton Creek.
We need our illusions to live, or so says the main character in Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s clever new release. The romantic comedy is set in the south of France in 1928, and, although it is beguiling, charming, thoughtful and even challenging, it is neither overtly romantic nor terribly funny.
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the villain Lord Beerus, God of Destruction, is awakened from 39 years of slumber to fight a worthy adversary on planet Earth. He finds the Saiyan Goku ready to rumble. Things get epic when other gods join the conflict. Fathom Events and Funimation Entertainment will bring the first Dragon Ball Z feature film in 17 years to more U.S. cinemas on Tuesday and Wednesday Aug. 5 & 6. Local screenings are at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Denton Cinemark, 2825 Wind River Lane. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1s5wXIH