A Look at Obvious Child and The Rest of This Week's New and Specialty Releases.
Director: Gillian Robespierre.
Writer: Gillian Robespierre (screenplay); Karen Maine and Elisabeth Holm (story);
Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann.
Where it's playing: Magnolia and Angelika Plano.
OK. Remember you're on my side after you read what I'm about to say. Ready? Here goes: Obvious Child is the feel-good abortion movie of the year. It's a comedy, that's for sure. But it tackles a very sensitive subject while making the audience laugh and feeling good about the subject matter they're laughing at. Jenny Slate (Bored to Death, Saturday Night Live, Bob's Burgers) stars in this one and nails it as a down-on-her-luck comedian living in Brooklyn. Her only gigs are at the same place that her friend works at. To put it frankly: Her comedy sucks. One night, after a show, she meets a handsome fellow, and, well, they get piss drunk and do things piss-drunk people do when their hormones are raging. Soon after, she finds out she's pregnant, and the two then bond over their decision to have an abortion. It's hard to believe this, I know, but trust me: Obvious Child is one of the sweetest films released in a very long time. I will buy you a baby if you don't like it. Also, Jenny Slate is going places. She's a goddamn natural.
Director: David Michod.
Writers: David Michod (screenplay); David Michod and Joel Edgerton (story).
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy.
Where it's playing: AMC, Cinemark, Studio Movie Grill.
I'm certain you're wondering: How's RPATZ? Good news for you! I've seen the film and can tell you! Here's the short version: Known for sparkling in vampire movies, Robert Pattinson is a pretty face who is willing to dirty down for a role. His Rey is lanky and jittery, and the constant hollowed-out expression on his face suggests the lights aren't always on at home. In his brain is a mountain of idiocy, but he's a lot smarter than he gives himself credit for. As this misguided cretin, Pattinson shines. If you've ever doubted him as a real actor, you can stop those doubts now. When the role calls for it, he can project any raw emotion needed.
Director: Clint Eastwood.
Writer: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
Cast: Christopher Walken, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.
We tried really, really hard to like Clint Eastwood's story on Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. But the movie doesn't have the pizazz and soul it needs. For more insight on why the film just doesn't work, read our review here.
Think Like a Man Too.
Director: Tim Story.
Writers: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman (screenplay); Steve Harvey (book).
Cast: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, David Cross, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Michael Ealy.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.
No spoiler here: This movie is about how a man thinks — and for a second time, even! I did not see the first one, which was also about how a man thinks, but it made a lot of money. So if I thought like a man — and I do — I would say this one will make some dough, too.
Director: Sebastian Junger.
Cast: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie.
Where it's playing: Angelika Dallas.
“This is what war feels like” is the tagline for Korengal, which picks up where the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo left off, following the same military team on a new, haunting mission.
Enter the Dragon.
Director: Robert Clouse.
Writer: Michael Allin.
Cast: Motherfucking Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Robert Wall, Bolo Yeung.
Where it's playing: Inwood Theatre.
There's only one legend who could kick you in the face and make you like it: Bruce Lee. Gone too soon, Lee died at 32, leaving behind only a small handful of energetic and classic action films. Perhaps the most famous one is Enter the Dragon. This weekend only, it's screening at the Inwood. KACHOW.
Director: Joe Pytka.
Writer: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod.
Cast: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray.
Where it's playing: Granada Theater.
In 1996, thespian Michael Jordan — who, turns out, also happened to be be a great basketball player! — starred alongside Bill Murray and the Looney Toons in the never-to-be-forgotten classic, Space Jam. Thankfully, the Granada Theater remembered how beloved this film is and is bringing it back on the big-screen for a one-time showing. Comedians from the Dallas Comedy House — along with you, the audience — will be tweeting jokes about the film that will pop up alongside the screen the movie is playing on. This is your chance to be a hero.
The Oak Cliff Film Festival
The OCFF kicked off yesterday. We told you about the films you can't miss here. There will be parties and more films to watch, but you must have a badge or ticket to get into most. For everything free, go here.