A Look At The Roger Ebert Doc and The Rest of This Week's New and Specialty Releases.

Life Itself.
Director: Steve James.
Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese.
Where it's playing: Magnolia.

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Snowpiercer.
Director: Joon-ho Bong.
Writer: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette, Benjamin Legrand.
Cast: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill.
Where it's playing: Angelika, Alamo Drafthouse.

There's only one movie with moving machines that you need to see this Fourth of July, and it ain't the newest Transformers. No, it's Snowpiercer, our full review of which can be read here. — CW

Tammy.
Director: Ben Falcone.
Writer: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone.
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.

Melissa McCarthy has built her career on box office success. Now, the comedian has taken a stab at writing with Tammy, a film in which she also stars. There are not enough unconventional leading ladies in film, and I'm glad McCarthy is the one to lead the charge. — CW

Deliver Us From Evil.
Director: Scott Derrickson..
Writers: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman, Ralph Sarchie, Lisa Collier Cool.
Cast: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.

Looking to get the shit scared of you this weekend? Deliver Us From Evil is the movie you need to see. In it, Eric Bana plays Sarchie, a New York police officer investigating exorcisms. His only reinforcement is an priest who likes to do things in his own (complicated) way. Oh, and Olivia Munn is in there, somewhere. — CW

Begin Again.
Director: John Carney.
Writer: John Carney.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.

A lot of people are comparing Begin Again to the sleeper hit, Once. And word on the street is that Mark Ruffalo gives one hell of a performance. The film also stars Keira Knightly — who's finally stepping away from period pieces and into modern day films — and singer-slash-hearthrob Adam Levine. But I'm pretty sure you were sold at the mention Once, weren't you? — CW

Nothing Bad Can Happen.
Director: Katrin Gebbe.
Writer: Katrin Gebbe.
Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl.
Where it's playing: Alamo Drafthouse.

Ugly, uninspiring and vile, Nothing Bad Can Happen to your anger if you skip this movie. Based on real events, this movie follows a homeless teenager who''s a Jesus Freak. I mean that in the literal sense, too, because he hangs with a crew of hardcore punks called The Jesus Freaks — a group that lives by the Good Book and worships daily. But our lead's faith is tested when a seemingly good family takes him in and soon begins to start brutally torturing him physically, as well as mentally. There are movies that remind us how much of an asshole the world can be, and Nothing Bad Can Happen is the ugliest of its kind. But nobody should sit through 90 minutes of a kid being tortured by idiotic and cruel people with little motive. Shock for solely shock's sake is one of the laziest forms of writing. Nothing Bad Can Happen devalues the quality of life — and, possibly, faith and hope. If this movie had a face, I'd punch it as hard as I could. — CW

Willie Nelson's 4th Of July Celebration.
Director: Yabo Yablonsky.
Cast: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell.
Where it's playing: Texas Theatre.

Not into the acts Willie Nelson's got lined up for his annual Fourth of July picnic this year? Relive the glory days with Willie, Waylon Jennings, Leon Russell and others as Texas Theatre brings you the 35mm screening of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration in honor of the concert film's 35-year anniversary. — Chrissi Chetwood

Independence Day (in 35mm).
Director: Roland Emmerich.
Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.
Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum.
Where it's playing: Texas Theatre.

It's a classic 4th of July scenario: Someone dropped the ball on buying hot dog buns, the mustard's run dry and aliens from another planet are crashing the party. With lasers. And they didn't bring beer. Lucky for you, mankind's hope against guaranteed annihilation is its Will to survive. (See what I did there?) You can catch it all in the glory of 35mm down at the Texas Theatre this Independence Day weekend. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also, '90s Jeff Goldblum is a great Jeff Goldblum to watch. — Chris Escarfullery

Team America: World Police 10th Anniversary Quote-a-Long.
Director: Trey Parker.
Writers: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Pam Brady.
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ.
Where it's playing: Alamo Drafthouse.

What's more American than a film about a team of puppet action heroes fighting terrorism, blowing things up and saving the day? How about pretty much same thing, but done with marionettes? It's the most patriotic quote-a-long ever — and you know every word to the theme song of this 10-year-old gem. Don't lie, I know you do. Be a part of the magic that is Team America: World Police over at the Alamo Drafthouse this 4th of July. Showtime is at 8 p.m. — CE

The Blues Brothers.
Director: John Landis.
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis.
Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway.
Where it's playing: Inwood.

In this 1980 cult classic, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's characters successfully made the jump to the big screen. Aside from being one of the legitimately funniest movies of all time, the film also features notable musical performances from such legends as James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. — Cory Graves

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