DVD reviews: The fight against evil

This week, we begin in Tony Stark’s laboratory:

Scary? Depends on who’s watching

It’s easy to assume that the best way to judge a horror film is to determine how scary it is, but that’s easier said than done. While it’s possible to nail down core attributes and figure out what doesn’t work or is easy to brush off, everyone experiences fear differently, and everyone is scared by different things.


Lonely astronaut

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott’s epic space adventure, The Martian.


Warner Bros.

DVD reviews: Back to sunny neverland

This week, we begin in Hollywood:


Surface tension

Nicely acted by Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, the artificial sweetener titled The Intern has its bright spots but is practically blinded by its own privileged perspective of life among the landed gentry of Brooklyn.

BBC America

DVD reviews: Grim BBC drama pits investigator against freed convict

This week, we begin in Northern England:


‘Mass’ appeal

Shakespeare had his tortured Hamlet, his ambitious Macbeth, his malevolent Iago, his warring Montagues and Capulets. But what would the Bard have done with the tale of James “Whitey” Bulger, and all the supporting players around him?



DVD reviews: Glass slipper deluxe

This week, we begin in a Magic Kingdom:


Light’s on, no one’s home

A family get-together starts out strange and quickly enters nightmare territory in TheVisit, a horror-thriller that turns soiled adult diapers into a motif. Told from a camera-equipped kids’-eye-view, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest is well cast and strong on setting. But the dull thudding that resounds isn’t part of its effective aural design; it’s the ungainly landing of nearly every shock and joke.


History Channel

DVD reviews: Remember the Alamo?

This week, we begin in Texas:


Nolte vs. Nature

In the wake of Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon’s version of Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and reckoned with her demons, we now have “Mild,” better known as A Walk in the Woods.


Warner Bros.

DVD reviews: 'Fury Road' comes to DVD, home viewing formats

This week, we begin on the road:


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.


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.



DVD reviews: Gainfully unemployed

This week, we begin in Belgium:


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,...



DVD reviews: Fall television shows heat up with classics

This week, we begin in front of the TV:


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.


‘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.


AP file photo

‘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.

Courtesy photo

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.


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.


The nutty protector

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


Courtesy photo

Czech yourself

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


DVD reviews: ‘Insurgent’ strikes back

This week, we begin in Chicago:


Accomplished action

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

Staff Photographer

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?

Courtesy photo

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.


Wimpy kids, unite

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



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.


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 .


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.


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.)


AP file photo

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:


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...