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Coming Soon: ‘Wild Tales,’ ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,’ ‘Buzzard,’ and More

'Wild Tales' (Sony Pictures Classics)
‘Wild Tales’ (Sony Pictures Classics)

Opening Friday, March 6

    • Chappie (d. Neill Blomkamp) A robot gains intelligence and inspires violent opposition from Hugh Jackman. Wide release.
    • Unfinished Business (d. Ken Scott) Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco in a comedy about, er, men in suits. In Europe. Wide release.
    • Buzzard. A young man has “issues.” Texas Theatre.
    • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. “In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce.” A documentary about a woman who wants one of those. Angelika Dallas.
    • Kidnapping Mr. Heineken. Anthony Hopkins as a beer baron with brains that may get blown out. TBA.
    • Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A sequel adds Richard Gere. Wide release.
    • These Final Hours. The end of the world. AMC Grapevine Mills.
    • Wild Tales. A superb collection of stories that paint a funny, disturbing, and dazzling view of modern life. Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano.

Opening Friday, March 13

  • Cinderella. A poor girl is transformed for one night. Wide release.
  • Run All Night. Retired hitman Liam Neeson must protect his son (Joel Edgerton) from an angry mob boss (Ed Harris). Wide release.

Opening Friday, March 20

  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Shailene Woodley leads a revolution against one-word movie titles. Wide release.
  • Do You Believe? A religious drama. Wide release.
  • The Gunman. An angry Sean Penn, on the run in Europe. Wide release.

Opening Friday, March 27

  • Get Hard. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart train to go to prison. Wide release.
  • Home. An animated adventure. Wide release.

Coming Soon: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Kingsman’ and More

'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Focus Features)
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (Focus Features)

Opening Friday, February 13

  • Buen Dia, Ramon (d. Jorge Ramirez Suarez) A drama. AMC Valley View.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (d. Sam Taylor-Johnson) Sexy times. With Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Wide release.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (d. Matthew Vaughn) High-energy spying hijinks. Wide release.
  • Old Fashioned (d. Rik Swartzwelder) “A former frat boy and a free-spirited woman together attempt the impossible: an ‘old-fashioned’ courtship in contemporary America.” Wide release.
  • The Rewrite (d. Marc Lawrence) Down on his luck screenwriter Hugh Grant takes a teaching job. AMC Grapevine Mills.
  • Song of the Sea (d. Tomm Moore) Animated fantasy, based on Irish and Scottish legends. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano.

Opening Friday, February 20

  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (d. Steve Pink) Sequel to time-traveling comedy. Wide release.
  • McFarland, USA (d. Niki Caro) Real-life story of an inspirational white coach (Kevin Costner) who builds a highly-competitive cross-country team out of lowly Mexicans. Wide release.
  • The DUFF (d. Ari Sandel) Teen comedy. Wide release.

Opening Friday, February 27

  • Focus (d. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) Will Smith and Margot Robbie in con-man adventure. Wide release.
  • The Lazarus Effect (d. David Gelb) Olivia Wilde dies and is then resurrected, to the misery of her fellow scientific experimenters. With Mark Duplass and Evan Peters. Wide release.

Opening Friday, March 6

  • Chappie (d. Neill Blomkamp) A robot gains intelligence and inspires violent opposition from Hugh Jackman. Wide release.
  • The Coup (d. John Erick Dowdle) A family is trapped overseas after political upheaval. With Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, and Lake Bell. Wide release.
  • Unfinished Business (d. Ken Scott) Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco in a comedy about, er, men in suits. Wide release.


Coming Soon: ‘A Most Violent Year,’ ‘R100,’ and More

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in 'A Most Violent Year'
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in ‘A Most Violent Year’

Opening Friday, January 23

  • The Boy Next Door. Jennifer Lopez searches for love and sex, finds a psycho. In wide release.
  • Cake. Jennifer Aniston searches for an Academy Award nomination. In limited release.
  • The Humbling. Al Pacino is humbled. In wide release.
  • Manny. A documentary on a boxer. AMC Stonebriar.
  • Miss Julie. Based on a Strindberg play, written for the screen and directed by Liv Ullman. With Jessica Chastain and Colin Ferrell. Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art.
  • Mortdecai. Johnny Depp gets wacky. In wide release.
  • A Most Violent Year. Superb drama from J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) about a turning point for New York in 1981. With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano
  • R100. Japanese people get wacky, evidently. Alamo Drafthouse.
  • Still Alice. Julianne Moore gets Alzheimer’s disease; husband Alec Baldwin tries to cope. Landmark Magnolia, Angelika Plano.
  • Strange Magic. George Lucas originated this fantasy adventure. In wide release.

Coming Soon: ‘All is Lost’ (For Real This Time!), ‘Blue is the Warmest Color,’ and More

Robert Redford in 'All is Lost'
Robert Redford in ‘All is Lost’

Delayed one week, the wide release of Robert Redford’s new movie will finally hit on Friday. Strangely, the number of wide releases equals the number of limited releases this week. (Title links lead to official sites for more information.

  • About Time.’ From British writer/director Richard Curtis comes another glibly romantic comedy, this one involving time travel. With Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, and Bill Nighy. (Landmark Magnolia)
  • Blue is the Warmest Color.’ Acclaimed relationship drama explores the romance between two women. (Landmark Magnolia, Angelika Plano)
  • Capital.’ French drama about the CEO of an investment banking firm who is trying to hold on to his power. Directed by Costa-Gavras. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano)
  • Diana.’ Widely-derided in advance reviews, this bio-pic tells the story of the former Princess Diana’s relationship with a doctor. Naomi Watts star. (Angelika Dallas)
  • Herb and Dorothy 50×50.’ A follow-up documentary about two art collectors. (Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art)

Opening in wide release across the Metroplex:

  • All Is Lost.’ Robert Redford struggles to survive, alone and adrift on an unforgiving sea. Reviewed at Twitch. (Also see my feature article at on how it compares with ‘Gravity’ and ‘Captain   Phillips’.) Recommended.
  • Ender’s Game.’ Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley provide adult support to young Asa Butterfield in this adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s popular science-fiction novel about kids playing battle games with real-life consequences.
  • Free Birds.’ An animated film from Dallas’ own Reel FX, this is a delightful tale about time traveling turkeys. With the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler. Review forthcoming. Recommended.
  • Last Vegas.’ A kinder and gentler, senior-citizen version of ‘The Hangover.’ With Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline.
  • Man of Tai Chi.’ The directorial debut of Keanu Reeves is a surprisingly fun, self-aware martial arts picture with action choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping. Review forthcoming. Recommended with reservations.

Coming Soon: ‘All is Lost,’ ‘Oldboy,’ ‘The Wicker Man,’ and More

Robert Redford in 'All is Lost'
Robert Redford in ‘All is Lost’

Only one new indie title is scheduled to open this coming Friday, October 25, but there’s a wealth of slightly older movies that could keep you out every night this week. (Title links lead to official sites for more information.)

  • Birth of the Living Dead.’ Documentary on George A. Romero and the making of ‘The NIght of the Living Dead.’ (The Texas Theatre)
  • Oldboy.’ Park Chan-wook’s harsh revenge tale is an ugly, magnificently disturbing drama. See it before Spike Lee’s new version opens in late November. (The Texas Theatre) Screens 10/25-27 only.
  • The Wicker Man: The Final Cut.’ Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, and Britt Ekland star in a classic tale of pagan practices vs. Christian teachings in an isolated community. Directed by Robin Hady; this version is said to restore footage cut from the original edition and thought to have been lost. (Angelika Dallas)

Retro Scene: One-off screenings of repertory titles this week offer a remarkable range of work:

  • Mon: ‘Ghostbusters II.’ Bill Murray easily dominates the comic supernatural proceedings. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/21 only.
  • Tue: ‘Creepshow.’ George A. Romero’s highly entertaining anthology of horror shorts. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/22 only.
  • Wed: ‘Strange Brew.’ Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas in a Canadian tale of mounties, hosers, and beer. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/23 only.
  • Wed: ‘Night of the Demons.’ Gnarly old-school horror in 1988. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/23 only; projected from VHS; only $1!
  • Thu: ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.’ An alien comes to Earth, is strangely attracted to young boy. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/24 only.
  • Sun: ‘Dracula.’ Todd Browning’s influential version of Bram Stoker’s night-stalking legend. (Alamo Richardson) Screens 10/27 only.

Opening in wide release across the Metroplex:

  • The Counselor.’ Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz in a high-toned legal thriller. Directed by Ridley Scott, based on the first original screenplay written by novelist Cormac McCarthy.
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.’ Johnny Knoxville disguises himself as an old man and travels around the country with his “grandson” as the ‘Jackass’ crew engages in more physical hijinks.

Opening next week in wide release: