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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.

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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 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.)


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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.

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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...

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.


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.



DVD reviews: Back from the bomb

This week, we begin in Japan:

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Well-oiled machine

You’re nobody till Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates you.

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Roadside Attractions

DVD reviews: Troublemaker

This week, we begin in Northern Ireland:


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.


Cohen Media Group

DVD reviews: City of secrets

This week, we begin in Mali:


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.



K&S Films

DVD reviews: It’s a ‘Wild’ life

This week, we begin in Argentina:


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.


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.

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McCarthy sets her sights on 007 in 'Spy'

Ridiculous questions about the funniness and bankability of women have clouded exactly what’s going on here: Nobody is a better comedic actor right now than Melissa McCarthy.


Showbiz bros

Like the HBO show, Entourage delights in Hollywood excess. This is a world where you might land your helicopter on someone’s lawn to crash a business meeting, or take a little yacht to meet up with your buddy on his bigger yacht. It’s a land of celebrities, wealth and topless women.


Movie tracks athletic triumph of students of California immigrants

Kevin Costner stars as peripatetic track coach Jim White in this inspirational sports movie from Disney.


No-fault action

When natural disaster strikes, call The Rock. There was a time when natural disaster movies tried hard — The Poseidon Adventure (1972), When Worlds Collide (1953), The Towering Inferno (1974) — and then Michael Bay ruined everything with that damn silly animal cracker scene in Armageddon.

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Stuff of nightmares

Magnolia at the Modern remembers an artist who created Hollywood’s most spooky icons.


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DVD reviews: Bleak house

This week, we begin in Romania: Brother-directors Joel Levy Florescu and Michael Levy Florescu paint a bleak portrait of their native Bucharest, Romania in this probing character study.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Buffet of blockbusters

The kids will soon flee school for their annual sabbatical, and they’re ready to impose their collective will on the box office. Fewer movies will be on more screens. Déja vu will rule the roost.Ah, summertime....

Cinemark offers summer deal

The Cinemark 14 in Denton has a deal for families who love movies this summer.



Maximum overdrive

The silences in Mad Max: Fury Road are unsettling. The moments are few and infrequent, but it’s not until the fiery roar of the engines and the thrashing of the guitars are suddenly stripped away that you can fully feel how deeply the film has flooded your being. The theater — and your heart — pulsates with the lack as you recover and wait for more.

Sony Pictures Classics

DVD reviews: Fighting back

This week, we begin in Russia: This 2014 Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner bravely attempts to convey the futility of living in today’s Russia.



BBC America

DVD reviews: Cloistered and chilly

This week, we begin in Turkey:In this languorous Turkish film, last year’s winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or Award, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes his time telling the story...

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Temporal elevation

It’s impossible to underestimate the significance of the 13th Floor Elevators to Levitation Fest, which this year has rechristened itself with a name taken from an Elevators song.

Garrett Graham

Frack-tious film

University of North Texas graduate student Garrett Graham saw the energy building around Denton’s anti-fracking movement last year.He assembled a production team for his documentary filmmaking class and...