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)
‘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.
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.