Huge noggin gets in the way

Looking below the surface is mandatory for Frank, a strange new film that is unequal parts comedy, satire, allegory and fantasy. Or maybe it’s just something else entirely.


DVD reviews: Both sides of the bars

This week, we begin in prison:Lost for Life (**1/2) Not rated, 74 minutes.

Worth taking a look

Big Brother is alive and well in The Giver, a science-fiction fantasy with plenty to offer young audiences. Adults, too, might appreciate the democratic pleas for individuality and free thinking.

August procedure

The laughs are loud, lewd and low in Let’s Be Cops, a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an August comedy.”


DVD reviews: In the den

Disneynature travels to a remote Alaska island to document the birth of two bear cubs and the first year they spend with their nurturing mother, quaintly given the name Sky.

Paramount Pictures

Half-baked heroes in a half-shell

The steroidal title characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look as if they’re going to end up on a cartoon version of the Mitchell Report. Some day, historians will look back at this generation’s baseball...

Fox Searchlight

Old rugged cross

What might not be apparent at first glance is that the new movie Calvary is a mystery. In the opening scene, an anonymous voice tells a priest during confession that he will kill him in two weeks. The voice also states the time and place.

Give and take

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.


Parc Film

DVD reviews: French re-master

This week we begin in Nantes: The Essential Jacques Demy


Beyond belief

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.

Cosmic crunch

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



DVD reviews: A princess remembers

This week, we begin in Monaco: The Grace Kelly Collection

Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions

Strung along

To make the world a safer place. That’s it. That’s what motivates the words and actions of virtually every character in A Most Wanted Man, a tense, well-drawn, post-Sept. 11 espionage caper.Anton Corbijn...


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DVD reviews: Great War inspired worthy dramas

This week, we begin in the trenches: World War I Centennial Commemorative Collection: Sergeant York, The Big Parade, Wings, The Dawn Patrol.


Not present

Wish I Was Here is a movie about what to do while waiting for someone to die. So, sit back and enjoy the guilt, recrimination, second-guessing and angst — plenty of angst. But wait, did we mention it’s a comedy?

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Beck’s activism hits big screen

Fathom Events and conservative commentator Glenn Beck have teamed up for the live simulcast of We Will Not Conform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at theaters around the country, including the Denton Cinemark 14, 2825 Wind River Lane.


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DVD reviews: Water, water everywhere

This week, we begin in the water: Watermark (***1/2) Rated PG, 92 minutes. Available Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray and in various digital download formats.

Primates reign

The boys are at it again. And by boys, we mean our simian cousins in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

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The road to civil rights

The Lake Cities Library will screen three documentaries with recently uncovered footage depicting the American civil rights movement and struggles.

Vintage ’72

Two entertainment companies are bringing rarely seen footage of iconic San Francisco band the Grateful Dead back to the big screen.


Sony Pictures Classics

DVD reviews: The ‘Dune’ that never was

This week we begin with a director called “Jodo.”


Armed to the teeth

The Syfy channel’s dedication to schlocky modern-day B-movies is the stuff of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett’s dreams.


Don’t get them started

Much of Begin Again looks familiar. And it should. The new musical is the creation of writer-director John Carney, previously responsible for 2006’s similar, curiously overpraised Once.


DVD reviews: Shared meal

Using a narrative device as old as the novel itself, writer-director Ritesh Batra renders a charming, bittersweet tale about two souls who find an unlikely connection. Set in the crowded bustle of today’s Mumbai, the mostly English-language film shows how comfort can often be found when and where least expected.


Say no more

David Wain’s They Came Together identifies the tropes of the romantic comedy with uncommon acuity. If only it would stop winking so much. Wain has made his film with an enviable collection of funny people.


No more Mr. Nice Guy

Bad Cop/Good Cop (voiced by Liam Neeson) is an unpredictable force in The Lego Movie, which screens tonight at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., as part of the Denton parks department’s free outdoor movie series. In the animated feature, an evil tyrant is making noises about gluing the Lego universe into permanent stasis. An ordinary Lego construction worker named Emmet could save the stacked plastic world by fulfilling a prophecy that poises a “special” Lego character as the savior of the snap-together race. With the voices of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Alison Brie. Families can bring blankets and lawn chairs to the screening. Gather at 8 p.m. for crafts and a marshmallow roast in the park, and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Rated PG, 100 minutes.



DVD reviews: Fool me twice

This week, we begin in Norfolk, England: Alan Partridge (***) Rated R, 90 minutes.

Short on sweetness

"Jersey Boys" is based on the Broadway production of the same name. It is, of course, a musical, but at its core, it’s a familiar story of loyalty.

Full-tilt for food

Denton’s parks department presents a free movie at 8 p.m. today in Quakertown Park.

Movie summaries

DVD reviews: Scorched earth

In this compelling drama from director David Gordon Green, Nicolas Cage plays the volcanic yet authentic Joe.

Starts with a bang

In the clever new science-fiction thriller The Signal, it’s the known unknown that delivers the film’s few but effectively chilling moments. Pity the entrapped but intrepid trio who find themselves in a bizarre, escalating nightmare but have no idea what is happening.


Go nuts

Denton’s parks department presents a free movie at 8 p.m. June 19 in Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. In The Nut Job, Surly the squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett) and a gaggle of woodland critters — including Grayson the gray squirrel (Brendan Fraser) and Buddy the rat (Rob Tinkler) — try to steal an easy winter’s worth of nuts. Gather at 8 p.m. for crafts and a marshmallow roast in the park. The movie starts at 9 p.m. Rated PG, 85 minutes. Up next on June 26: The Lego Movie.



DVD reviews: Force of the future

This week, we begin in the future. Director Jose Padilha remakes 1987's "RoboCop" with Joel Kinnaman playing Detroit detective Alex Murphy, who finds only parts of himself have survived a car bomb.


Lose-lose situation

The sides are drawn, but no one wins in Words and Pictures, an uneven lump of comedy, romance and a self-congratulatory celebration of the arts. One side makes a case for words, while the other advocates...

Verdi at the Copacabana

Director Michael Mayer has lifted Verdi’s Rigoletto from the 16th-century Italian court to Sin City. Denton residents can see the opera in a 7 p.m. screening Wednesday at the Cinemark 15 at Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville.



Something wicked

It takes talent to walk around in a black leather-horned cap and not look silly. Angelina Jolie turns in a magnificent performance in Maleficent as the (now we are told) misunderstood villain of Sleeping Beauty.


DVD reviews: Shades of deceit

Cohen Media Group, through the Cohen Film Collection, gives a Blu-ray debut to this 1999 murder mystery from French New Wave pioneer Claude Chabrol. But the writer-director follows his usual pattern by making the drama more about the surroundings than the event itself. Plus, again as usual, everything turns out about as expected — which means several surprises await.