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’71’ Works As Unusual Thriller, Showing Uncertain Man Caught In Inchoate Violence

Mar 20, 2015 1:40pm

It has all the trappings of a great action movie.

A soldier is trapped behind enemy lines, multiple parties launch a desperate manhunt — some to rescue him, some to kill him, some who may do...

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The Thieves In ‘Focus’ Churn Through Heists Charmingly, Even If Early Thrills Fade

Feb 27, 2015 6:05am

The con artist tale “Focus” is witty, charming and so sexy it makes “Fifty Shades of Grey” feel like a two-hour cold shower.

Well, technically “Fifty Shades of Grey” makes “Fifty Shades of...

‘McFarland, USA’ Has Sports Movie Uplift, Even If Supporting Cast’s Work Is Spotty

Feb 20, 2015 6:05am

We’re not even two months into 2015, and the new year already has yielded its own subgenre of films: the Kevin Costner Doesn’t Understand Minorities movie.

Hot on the heels of last month’s “...

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Has Reported $175 Million Budget; Absolutely Nothing To Show For It

Feb 06, 2015 6:05am

In “Jupiter Ascending,” humans are harvested like crops, one planet at a time, so their cells can be used to rejuvenate the members of an intergalactic ruling class, allowing them to measure their...

<p><strong>Still rocking</strong>. Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon and Tesla performed in a sold out show at the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., Friday night.</p>

Tesla Still Rocking

Feb 03, 2015 4:47pm

Backing their Simplicity album released last June, Sacramento, Calif.-based hard rock band Tesla made a stop just across the Oklahoma line in Pocola last Friday night.

Opening the show with...

Great Performances Go Unnoticed In ‘A Most Violent Year,’ A Marketing Nightmare

Jan 30, 2015 6:05am

It’s the prestige film the awards season forgot.

“A Most Violent Year,” the latest from buzzed-about writer-director J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call,” “All Is Lost”), is blessed with stirring,...

”The Boy Next Door” Proves Lopez Has Reached Bottom

Jan 23, 2015 11:59am

Toward the end of “The Boy Next Door,” the toddler behind me started getting fussy.

Setting aside the obvious question of who brings a toddler to an R-rated thriller about Jennifer Lopez...

“American Sniper” Deserves Monument

Jan 16, 2015 6:06am

Chris Kyle doesn’t deserve a movie. He deserves a monument.

Heck, the Chris Kyle on display in “American Sniper” ought to be on currency. Alexander Hamilton’s been hogging the $10 bill for...

MegaMillions, Powerball Jackpots Climbing

Jan 13, 2015 5:22pm

The jackpots keep on growing, but no winners yet as Mega Millions and Powerball continue an unusual dual jackpot drive that could make you Arkansas’s next multi-millionaire.

The Mega...

“Inherent Vice?” China White Town

Jan 09, 2015 6:05am

You don’t watch “Inherent Vice,” writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s hippie-noir take on that confusing maelstrom between the end of the ’60s and the start of the ’70s, so much as you let it...

Hotly Awaited ‘Star Wars’ Installment Leads Action-Packed Year At Cinema

Jan 02, 2015 6:05am

After what was financially and creatively a middling year for movies, Hollywood is pulling out all the stops to ensure 2015 at least addresses that first concern.

The studios are throwing...


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