On Land HO! And The Rest Of This Weekend's Wide And Special Releases.

The Expendables 3.
Director: Patrick Hughes.
Writers: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.

Say what you want — actually, don't — but I grew up watching, and loving, every '80s action star's who fights, shoots and kills in this film. Sure, these films are super cheesy, but I'm not here to watch Shakespeare, I'm here to watch these guys blow shit up and beat the hell out of each other. Check out our full review here.

Let's Be Cops.
Director: Luke Greenfield.
Writers: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas.
Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.

Let's Be Cops did not screen for Dallas critics, which isn't a good sign for the film. I like Jake Johnson a lot; he's hilarious and a really nice guy. If you're seeing this for him — and you should — first seek out the criminally under-seen comedy Ceremony, the film he co-starred in (and stole without trying). Fun tidbit about that film: It was directed by The Fonz's son, Max Winkler.

The Giver.
Director:Phillip Noyce.
Writers: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide (screenplay); Lois Lowry (book).
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.

Another classic young adult novel adapted to film, now in theaters. Fellow critics on Rotten Tomatoes aren't being so kind to it. But as The Dude might say, “That's just, like, their opinion, man.”

Land HO!.
Directors: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens.
Writers: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens.
Cast: Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, DanĂ­el Gylfason.
Where it's playing: Angelika Film Center.

Land HO! was a quiet little movie that made a big splash at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It co-stars Paul Eenhoorn — who starred in a terrific little film that also made a lot of noise at Sundance called This is Martin Bonner. Here he plays one of two brother-in-laws who leave all their worries behind for a road trip to Iceland. This one's like a new, modern Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau film. Think of it as Ungrumpy Old Men.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Director: Stephen Herek.
Writer: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin.
Where it's playing: Angelika Film Center.

Seems like only yesterday the world was introduced to the time-traveling dudes, Bill S. Preston and Ted 'Theodore' Logan. If you're like me, going back in time with these two guys never gets old. Yeah, I'm even talking about the sequel, too.

Beetlejuice.
Director: Tim Burton.
Writer: Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren.
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder.
Where it's playing: Inwood Theatre.

Michael Keaton is one hell of a character actor. Batman and Beetlejuice are two of the coolest characters of all time, and he brought them both to vibrant life on screen. If you say the latter's name three times fast, there's a rumor he'll show up at your place to raise some hell. Your call on if that sounds fun.

The Dog.
Director: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren.
Where it's playing: Texas Theatre.

The Dog is a pretty crazy story. It's the documentary on the true invents that inspired the Al Pacino bank heist movie, Dog Day Afternoon. This screened at the Oak Cliff Film Festival, and is about John Wojtowicz, the man who robbed a bank so his male lover could get a sex change.

The Big Lebowski.
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.
Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Where it's playing: Texas Theatre.

By now, you've seen the Coen Brothers' masterpiece The Big Lebowski, I'm sure. I think it's actually a crime if you haven't. Here, the Texas Theatre's showing the film in 35mm, which is how it's meant to be seen. Show up in a brown robe with a rug to tie the room together and maybe you'll get a free White Russian.

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