Posts Tagged ‘films’

Eat, Pray, Watch

It was a bad idea to go see the movie Gravity at the Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th St.). The drive-in is great, but a movie like that needs a more cinematic setting — and one that can’t be ruined by some jerks blaring Tejano ...

The Counselor opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: The Counselor (R) Cormac McCarthy’s debut as a screenwriter is this Ridley Scott-directed thriller about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets involved in drug-trafficking. Also with Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Ja...

Chiwetel Ejiofor stands up under interrogation by Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave.

We Shall Be Free

12 Years a Slave is terrible, inspirational, devastating, magnificent.
I screamed at somebody after I saw 12 Years a Slave. I don’t usually do that after a movie, but this fellow critic just made me furious. “I’m a white Southerner,” she said. “I don’t need to see this.” I’ll admit...

Chloë Grace Moretz wreaks her vengeance on her high-school's senior class in Carrie.

Carrie On

Try watching the new Carrie without preconceptions. It’s hard but worth it.
A lot of moviegoers were outraged at the idea of making a second movie version of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. I understand the attachment to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation, but I don’t remember the same outrage greetin...

Carrie opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Carrie (R) The second big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the bullied high-school girl who can move things with her mind. Also with Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubl...

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl take up a crusade for the truth in The Fifth Estate.

Springing Leaks

Rejoice, Cumberbitches! The leading man is the best thing about The Fifth Estate.
Is Julian Assange a hero or a creep? Going into The Fifth Estate, I entertained both opinions about the founder of WikiLeaks. However, this biopic about the polarizing Australian blogger does better than split the difference. I...


Michael Cain’s New Start

A festival director becomes a movie director with an addiction documentary.
Longview native Michael Cain remembers the drive-in theater he used to go to when he was a boy, where he saw everything from The Sound of Music to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “I’d watch Bruce Lee movies there, and they int...

Tom Hanks tries to keep his cool during a hijacking at sea in Captain Phillips.

Hostage at Sea

Tom Hanks is an island of humanity in the impersonal Captain Phillips.
Most Americans, if they know Somalia at all, know it as one of the world’s really bad places to be. The recent terrorist attack on a Kenyan mall by Somalis underscores the importance of attaining a better knowledge of this pa...

Gerda and Orm try to overcome mutual distrust to defeat the Snow Queen.

Freezing Reign

Snow Queen is an animated film from Russia! Yeah, that’s it.
Here’s something new for all you animation geeks out there. Outside of Hollywood, the countries of Japan and France have built rich traditions of animation. We rarely see an animated film from someplace other than those natio...


Not Too Late

At last, a romantic comedy for ordinary people! Enough Said.
Amid all the publicity that Gravity is pulling in, let’s not lose track of Enough Said, which is expanding into local theaters this week. It’s easy to say that movies about middle-aged romance, especially ones from a female...