Maybe not

It’s impossible to talk about Annie without admitting up front that you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.


DVD reviews: Sleight of heart

Woody Allen travels to the picturesque south of France in his latest release to explore why we need our illusions.


Triumphant trek

Wild examines what can push someone into confronting and then surmounting a seemingly impossible task. In her best-selling memoir of the same name, Cheryl Strayed chronicles her journey of hiking the many miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.



DVD reviews: Ever-expanding universe

This week, we begin in a galaxy far, far away: Guardians of the Galaxy

Profiles in real life

Five first-year graduate students in the University of North Texas Department of Media Arts will show documentaries they directed and produced at 7 p.m. today.


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DVD reviews: Taking the lead

This week, we begin with a team: The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume One


Sucker punch

Foxcatcheris hard to embrace. The new film from director Bennett Miller lacks any humor, and it never falsely strains to engage viewers. Few of its characters are even remotely likable. But it’s impossible not to be swept up in its narrative, right up until its slowly building, explosive finale.


Harebrained schemes

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder their bosses in the first Horrible Bosses, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in Horrible Bosses 2 as hopeful inventors. “Let’s bet on ourselves,” they tell each other, making a clearly questionable wager. They go into business with a bath product dubbed “Shower Buddy,” and with their abysmal guest spot on a morning show promoting it, it’s clear they may have backed the wrong horse.


Columbia Pictures

All bundled up

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.


Fire goes dim

The revolution lives on in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the new release based on the last novel in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. Part 2, also based on the single novel, will end the series next November.


Miramax Films

DVD review: Masterwork remastered

This week, we begin with a princess:


A love defiant

In the early parts of the touching new biopic The Theory of Everything, it’s easy to see why Jane falls in love with fellow Cambridge University student Stephen.



DVD reviews: Before ‘Thor’

This week, we begin in England:


Fanciful journey

No matter how long you’re gone, you can always go home again. And in writer-director Christopher Nolan’s new space adventure Interstellar, you’re gone a long, long time.

Still Point Pictures

Torn in Middle America

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.


DVD reviews: Darkly enchanting

Only the team of expert technicians at Disney could bring life to a project such as this fanciful reworking of a cherished fairy tale.



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.



DVD reviews: Survivor’s guilt

This week, we begin in Rome:


Innocent puppy bystander

The bad guys in the new action-thriller John Wick learn the hard way not to violate a universal commandment: Don’t mess with a man’s dog.


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DVD reviews: ‘La Dolce Vita’ still vital

This week, we begin in Rome: La Dolce Vita (5 stars) Not rated, 174 minutes.


The little tank that could

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.

Berlin Cultural Archive

After the wall

A University of North Texas department is remembering the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago with a series of events this month and next.

Empire Pictures

DVD reviews: Chocolate and intrigue

This week, we begin at Lake Geneva.

Focus Features

Ink-stained wretch

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.


DVD reviews: White trash noir

This week, we begin in East Texas. In the gritty "Cold in July," a white trash noir set in a small East Texas town in 1989, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") plays Richard Dane.


Notes on a marriage

Sympathies change, and then they change again in the dynamic Gone Girl, a twisting-turning new crime-thriller from David Fincher. The heralded director builds an engrossing, escalating mystery before unveiling a few surprises that pull the rug out from everyone.

Fathom Events

Your chance at ‘Eternity’

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.


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Stylish accessories

This week, we begin with Audrey: Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection


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They rise again

This week we begin in Scotland: Macbeth (****) Not rated, 140 minutes.


Left in a mess

This Is Where I Leave You assembles some of the best comedic talent available to talk about poop, masturbation, Jane Fonda’s breasts, and that old reliable laugh-getter, penis size.



Up from the depths

This week, we begin with the big fellow: Godzilla (***) Rated PG-13, 123 minutes.

On the money

Building menace takes the place of brainless gunplay and excessive violence in The Drop, a new crime drama with an emphasis on the drama. The film does have its violence, and its gunplay, but it achieves its effects elsewhere.


Shared struggle

Movies and guest speakers are at the center of the second annual Recovery Film Festival and Conference on Sept. 18-20 at the University of North Texas Gateway Center.


DVD reviews: Capital Captain

Nothing marks the end of the summer movie season better than the home entertainment arrival of summer’s first big blockbuster.

In the King’s shadow

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?