This week, we offer holiday gift suggestions for movie lovers. Which is everyone. We mix in some new with some old and maybe even something that might appeal to you.
An Oklahoma couple grapples with the suicide of their openly gay son in Broken Heart Land. The University of North Texas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Studies Program will screen the 2014 documentary at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 184 in UNT’s Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, at 1155 Union Circle.
The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler — even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun — is his smile. They invented the word “creepy” for that smile, a goofy, confident grin that reaches its full breadth just when you’re starting to realize how deranged this guy really is.
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.