DVD reviews: Back from the bomb

This week, we begin in Japan:

Paramount Pictures

Well-oiled machine

You’re nobody till Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates you.

In theaters

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.

Twentieth Century Fox

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.

Courtesy photo

Stuff of nightmares

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


UNT Press

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...

Dallas Morning News file photos

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...


More lukewarm than ‘Hot’

Cheap, short and slow, Hot Pursuit is a comedy that never lets your forget that pairing up Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this.


Sony Pictures Classics

DVD reviews: Painting the way

This week, we begin in England:


Colossal blast

Breathe easy, Avengers fans: The team is back to take down a new ultra threat to humankind in all-new breathtaking ways. This time, the threat is accidentally made by one of their own, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) himself, Tony Stark.


The Weinstein Co.

DVD reviews: Fuzzy love

This week, we begin in London: This funny, charming, and inventive fantasy arrives as much more than a simple kids’ film.


Endless youth

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls neatly into a genre that includes The Time Traveler’s Wife, About Time and even Somewhere in Time.



Uncomfortable truths

The only undeniable truth in the surprisingly compelling new True Story is that a mother and her three young children were senselessly murdered. After that, everything else becomes murky.


Fat Free Films

DVD reviews: The Nazi hunter

This week, we begin in Israel: The Simon Wiesenthal Collection  Eleven documentaries, including two best documentary Oscar winners, have been assembled for this outstanding collection with the imprimatur of Simon Wiesenthal films.



DVD reviews: Neato noir

This week, we begin in Northern Ireland: By the late 1940s, Hollywood had already begun churning out stylish film noir.


‘Furious 7’ goes into overdrive to please fans

Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make Furious 7 a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.


DVD reviews: Mr. Nice Guy

This week, we begin on the couch: Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born director of the animated marvel Persepolis, guides a wide-eyed Ryan Reynolds through his spirited role as Jerry, a shy, unassuming man who seems to lead two lives.


Second verse

It’s never too late to make amends, or so says Danny Collins, the man as well as the movie. And for the title character in this tale of redemption, the acts of contrition and absolution come just in time..


Disney Enterprises

DVD reviews: Shadow dance

This week, we begin in the forest: In this handsome, Oscar-nominated production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s stage musical, an excellent cast of actors, singers and singing actors enlivens the fairy-tale mash-up directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).


Hardly rebellious

Conformity is the scourge of the Divergent series — and much of its young-adult ilk (The Hunger Games, Twilight). It’s a shame that the films, including the new Insurgent, do so little to stray from well-worn YA paths.