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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.


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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.


Exploits through time

The gang’s all here in X-Men: Days of Future Past, a fanciful retelling of mutant mythology. Beginnings and endings twist themselves into entertaining pretzels as both the young and old gather for director Bryan Singer’s latest chapter in the history of our superheroes.


DVD reviews: Time for a song


Brush with evil

Helmut Gregor, the title character of The German Doctor, seems like a nice enough fellow. He smiles a lot, albeit a little creepily, is friendly, says the right things, and pays extra attention to children — perhaps too much attention to children.


Going good

Denton Parks & Recreation continues its free summer Movies in the Park series. This Friday, the family can watch Universal Pictures’ animated feature Despicable Me 2. Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) tries to adjust to family life when the Anti-Villain League recruits him to — what else? — save the world, with the help of partner Lucy (Kristen Wiig). A marshmallow roast and crafts start at 8 p.m. Friday in Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., and the outdoor movie starts at 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Despicable Me is rated PG, 98 minutes.


Monster bash

Godzilla, that tail-swinging menace from the deep, is back with a pair of friends, in a movie that comes in two distinct waves. The first wave is all people; the second wave, longer, is all monsters — and also people looking up at monsters and running down the block screaming.


DVD reviews: Tech obsession

In his latest meditation on the human condition, writer-director Spike Jonze demonstrates how difficult relationships can be by having the significant other of his main character, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), be an operating system.


‘Belle’ epoch

Of course Belle, the new British biopic, is based on a true story. And naturally the dramatics have been heightened and liberties have been taken with the truth to construct a driving storyline. But considering the blatant manipulations, the results are compelling.


‘Planes’ under the stars

Denton Parks & Recreation continues its free summer Movies in the Park series. This week, the family can watch Disney’s animated feature Planes, which features Dane Cook as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, a cropduster who must overcome his fear of heights before he can achieve his dream of competing in a worldwide aerial race. A marshmallow roast and crafts start at 8 p.m. today in Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Planes is rated PG, 91 minutes.


DVD reviews: Intrepid crew

In "Veronica Mars," a rare blend of detective tale and comedy, Kristen Bell plays the title character, reprising the television role that earned her a devoted following.


Summer cinema’s first volley

Peter Parker confronts his daddy issues in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But in this latest appearance by America’s favorite arachnid, he’s not given much time for self-analysis.

What they’ve learned

Tonight, seven graduate students screen documentaries they’ve made during their studies at the University of North Texas.

Windows into Arab culture

Award-winning films from Palestinian territories, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria will be featured at the second Arab Film Festival Texas, presented by the University of North Texas’ Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute.


DVD reviews: Feel all right


Bloodless lust

Not many people know this, but 17th-century playwright Christopher Marlowe is alive, sort of, relatively well, and living in Tangiers, Morocco. Oh, and he is a drug-pushing vampire whose most popular product is O-negative Popsicles.