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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.