AP

Beauty & the beat

Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, We Are Your Friends is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.

AP

Getting out

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as No Escape, a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller.

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AMC

DVD reviews: Gainfully unemployed

This week, we begin in Belgium:

Lionsgate

Hybrid flick has appeal

The likably awkward chemistry of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg remains intact in American Ultra, a violent stoner action-comedy that’s half Pineapple Express, half The Bourne Identity, and not as....

Sony Pictures Classics

The A-word

A movie about a wisecracking grandma and her teen granddaughter, racing around in a beat-up car to find $600 by nightfall. You might think it sounds like any number of mediocre road comedies out there,...

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CBS

DVD reviews: Fall television shows heat up with classics

This week, we begin in front of the TV:

AP

All-American crew

Almost 30 years after their formation, NWA has a chance to tell their side of the story in what I consider one of the best marketed video premieres of the last few years.

AP

‘Rio 2’ wraps up series

Cinemark 14 in Denton will be hosting the last film in its Summer Movie Clubhouse series, Rio 2, at 9:30 a.m. today, 2825 Wind River Ln, Denton.

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‘Inside Out’ co-director happy to bring film to Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino-American co-director of the box-office hit Inside Out says it’s a dream come true for him to be sharing with Filipinos the animated film he helped create.

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DVD reviews: Independent woman

This week, we begin in Dorset:

Marvel’s first family

A man who can stretch his limbs to obscene lengths. His best friend, a rock monster. A woman who can turn invisible and create force fields. Her brother, quite literally on fire. The Fantastic Four made their debut in November 1962 as a serial Marvel comic book and since then have skirted on the edge of relevance.

TNS

When shadows offend

I blazed through Gillian Flynn’s grim and poignant novel Dark Places in 48 hours, after falling for its snappy dialogue and the protagonist within the first few pages.It’s that good.

AP

The nutty protector

Cinemark Denton continues its summer movie clubhouse — a series of daytime second-run family movies especially for young audiences.

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Czech yourself

Everyone seems to know about the Czech Stop, a quaint little storefront just on the outskirts of West.

Lionsgate

DVD reviews: ‘Insurgent’ strikes back

This week, we begin in Chicago:

AP

Accomplished action

There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation about the element of luck.

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Vignettes in ‘Virtuosity’

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be one of the 30 young pianists to make it to the Cliburn Competition?

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Inspirational work

Cherami Leigh stars as Anne Wells in Beyond the Farthest Star , an inspirational film with Christian themes. The 2013 film is scheduled for a single screening at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Cinemark Denton, 2825 Wind River Lane. The screening is contingent on the reservation of at least 76 tickets. To see the film — which is said to have inspired one of the last sketches Thomas Kinkade (“The Painter of Light”) produced before his sudden death in 2012 — reserve a $10 ticket by visiting http://gathr.us/screening/12628. The film is about the reconciliation between a teenage girl, Anne, and her pastor father. Rated PG-13, 113 minutes.

AP

Wimpy kids, unite

Cinemark Denton continues its summer movie clubhouse — a series of daytime second-run family movies especially for young audiences.

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AP

International star Omar Sy learns the Hollywood language

LOS ANGELES — If you live in the United States, you probably don’t know Omar Sy by name. But chances are, you’ve seen him.

AP

Total K.O.

Fear the man with “FEAR NO MAN” tattooed across his back. This is the nerve-jangling tattoo inked into Billy Hope’s skin, and it’s exactly how he fights in the ring. He’s a hungry pit bull who feeds off getting the pulp beat out of him before landing his final blow for a knockout victory.

Tiny but mighty

Cinemark Denton continues its summer movie clubhouse — a series of daytime second-run family movies especially for young audiences. Tickets to each screening cost $1 per person. At 9:30 a.m. today, the cinema at Denton’s Unicorn Lake will roll the 2011 animated feature, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked . Alvin, Simon and Theodore set sail on a ocean cruise with their faithful human friend, Dave. But they accidentally go overboard and are marooned on a tropical island. Somehow, R&B pop music (Destiny’s Child, Willow Smith and Lady Gaga) reinterpreted in the helium-voiced medium of the chipmunks makes the predicament better. Rated G, 87 minutes. Up on July 29-30: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days .

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Cohen Collection releases Resnais’ fanciful ’80s films

The Cohen Film Collection continues its admirable practice of rescuing and releasing, or re-releasing in some cases, overlooked foreign nuggets.

AP

Laying new track

Amy (comedian Amy Schumer) is a trainwreck. If she were a guy, her life would be considered quite normal (which is probably the ironic underlining plot to this story. Girls just want to have fun, too, you know.)

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Omar Sharif, of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ has died

CAIRO — In Lawrence of Arabia, Omar Sharif is first seen in the distance, a speck in the swirling desert sand. As he draws closer, he emerges first as a black figure on a galloping camel, slowly transforming into a handsome, dark-eyed figure with a gap-tooth smile. It wasn’t unlike the Egyptian-born actor’s debut in Hollywood.

Warner Bros.

DVD reviews: God within the gears

This week, we begin in a mysterious mountain cabin:

AP

Minions by the millions

Whenever there are scene-stealers in a film, there seems to always be chatter about possible spin-offs.Minions is the latest attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the diminutive deviled-egg henchmen...

Yellow guys make more than just a movie outing

There’s more than just the movie for extreme fans of Minions, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. Denton families can supplement the Universal animated movie Minions with some bookstore activities — and maybe a trip to the local library.

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Candle in the wind

For 15 minutes, I stared at a blank page, trying to figure out how to start this review of a documentary on fame, addiction and death. The first thing that came to mind was how we are going to be remembered when we die. More specifically, how celebrities are remembered after death. When I think of Robin Williams, I don’t think about his devastating end, I think about Hook and the magical memories he gave me when I was a boy. When Philip Seymour Hoffman’s name comes up, I think about his phenomenal job in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and, well, every performance he’s ever given.

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Netflix

DVD reviews: Back from the bomb

This week, we begin in Japan:

Paramount Pictures

Well-oiled machine

You’re nobody till Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates you.

In theaters

Roadside Attractions

DVD reviews: Troublemaker

This week, we begin in Northern Ireland:

AP

Loyal to the core

Semper fidelis. The Romans used to purr the phrase into their dogs’ ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for “Always faithful” as their motto. Most faithful of all? Marine Corps war dogs. That’s the message of Max, a touching if somewhat clunky crowd-pleaser about one such dog who comes to live with the family of the soldier who died serving with him in Afghanistan.

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Cohen Media Group

DVD reviews: City of secrets

This week, we begin in Mali:

AP

Life of the mind

I am 32. How does a 32-year-old review a film meant for children? The exact same way I review any other film: for the intended audience.

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K&S Films

DVD reviews: It’s a ‘Wild’ life

This week, we begin in Argentina:

AP

Franchise defanged

There have been a lot of misfortunes in the Jurassic Park franchise. There was the embarrassing sequel The Lost World (by Steven Spielberg himself, no less). Then a forgettable three-quel, followed by years and years of talk about a new film Spielberg would make to redeem for Lost World.

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The Criterion Collection

Too young to die

This week, we begin in Germany: The Criterion Collection releases this Blu-ray edition of director Bernhard Wicki’s 1959 Best Foreign Language Film nominee, now with a new digital transfer.