Film and TV

The Best Movies, New and Old, to See in Dallas this Week, April 4 to April 7

Every week, we find you five movies for you to check out over the coming week or weekend, from the latest wide release to weird local screenings to timely classics you can watch on your couch. Did we miss something? Let readers know in the comments.

Philip Roth: Unmasked Available on DVD and for a limited time on "In the coming years I have two great calamities to face: death and a biography. Let's hope death comes first," Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Philip Roth says at the start of William Karel's new documentary, Philip Roth: Unmasked. The film, which aired recently on PBS as part of the long-running American Masters series and is now on DVD, tells Roth's story through his own words and features interviews with other hotshot writers, like Jonathan Franzen and Nicole Krauss. Some have criticized it for not delving deeply enough into what makes Roth tick, but given that opening quote, perhaps that's exactly as Roth wants it for now.

The Place Beyond the Pines Opens Friday at the Magnolia Expansive and novelistic are two words that describe Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to his 2010 film, Blue Valentine. So is long. But even with its two-and-a-half-hour runtime, The Place Beyond the Pines is impressive, though a bit too on-the-nose at points. It stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes in three, interconnected storylines that touch on what it means to be a father and what it means to grow up without one. Ciafrance was in Dallas last month to promote Pines ahead of its release. Read our write-up on his appearance and the inspirations behind his new movie.

The Sapphires Opens Friday at the Magnolia and the Plano Angelika Based on a play by Tony Briggs, The Sapphires is a docudrama that looks like it was cast from the same mold as movies like Ray (2004) and Walk the Line (2005), except this one comes from Australia. It tells the story of a 1968 pop quartet comprised of four Aboriginal women, managed by a down-on-his luck Irishman (Chris O'Dowd). Judging by the trailer, it should be just the thing for moviegoers with a love for all things sixties.

Jurassic Park 3D Wide release If it weren't for the fact that Jurassic Park is turning 20 this year, I'd say Universal was using the 3D re-release of Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster to cynically pull in some money with a pre-sold property. I'm still sorta saying that, but Jurassic Park is more deserving than some, without naming any names. The film's centerpiece of a T-Rex attacking a pair of stranded SUVs during a rainstorm, is just as effective now as it originally was, and the CGI has held up pretty well--better, in some cases, than other movies.

American Psycho Screens midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho satirizes the narcissism and consumerism we'd like to believe were isolated to the eighties but are, let's face it, a permanent part of our culture. Christian Bale stars as Patrick Bateman, yuppie by day, serial killer by night. It's hard to imagine Bale ever tackling a role as enthusiastically bonkers as this one in his post-Dark Knight career, and maybe that's a good thing.

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