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I’m So Excited

From internationally acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, I’m So Excited is a futile attempt to explore crisis-induced catharsis from 30,000 feet up in the air. When employees at an airport in Spain fail to properly prepare a plane before takeoff, the pilots and crew are left to deal with the repercussions. Opening Friday at AMC

Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business — Curtis Harrington

Unlike so many Tinseltown true tales, Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood doesn’t begin with a tumultuous childhood. Although the only child grew up in the throes of the Great Depression, Harrington’s upbringing was happy. He found escape (and influence) in the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the pages of Esquire magazine and the flicker

Hitchcock

Hitchcock, which opens Friday, isn’t a bad movie; it’s just a baffling one. Purportedly about the making of 1960’s Psycho, it winds up a hodgepodge of old-fashioned biopic, bogus psychological thriller and simplistic domestic melodrama. The film, however, is hardly the work of incompetents. Director Sacha Gervasi has an absorbing rockumentary (Anvil: The Story of

Friends in high places

Credit: Brad Gregg Brooks told the Sun, “It would be amazing if it works out with Scorsese. I’m not confirming or denying that.” Our hope is that the 70-year-old Scorsese, arguably America’s greatest living director, won’t waste his time with someone who peaked 20 years ago. Then again, some of Scorsese’s strange-sounding projects pan out

The Girl

Premiering Saturday, The Girl is the first of two high-profile biopics of the master filmmaker to hit screens this season. The other, simply titled Hitchcock, is a larger-budget feature with a whiff of Oscar bait, yet there’s room enough for both. While that forthcoming film focuses on the making of 1960’s Psycho, The Girl concerns

The tree of strife

Credit: Brad Gregg Fresh from the critically acclaimed but audience-polarizing drama The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick reportedly is still tinkering with his Oklahoma-lensed follow-up, To the Wonder. While the drama is packed with star power — Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Jessica Chastain among them — it still has no firm

LIFE

First Position, director Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, steps into six screening slots at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. The film follows half a dozen ballet dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, as they prepare for a chance to enter the professional dancing

Red Scorpion

Nearly two years later, Synapse Films comes to the rescue, not only bringing it back on DVD, but debuting it on Blu-ray — and in an uncensored cut, no less! Now that I’ve watched it, I can say with certainty it’s the best action movie ever produced by a notorious federal felon (Jack Abramoff, who

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