Every Wednesday, 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.
Now, Forager Screens tonight at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas The Dallas Angelika presents another special Wednesday night screening from the Texas Independent Film Network. Now, Forager follows the husband and wife foraging team of Lucien and Regina, who earn a tenuous living by selling wild mushrooms to restaurants in New York. As their financial situation becomes more unstable, Regina abandons foraging for a full-time job at an upscale restaurant, leading to a conflict that will test the strength of their marriage.
The ABCs of Death Screens midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood The Inwood gives Dallas horror fans their first chance to catch this ambitious, A to Z short film anthology. The ABCs of Death brings together 26 directors from around the world, including Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Ti West (The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers), Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), and Angela Bettis (Roman). The film will also screen later this month at the Texas Theatre. Regardless of where you catch it, good luck getting to sleep afterwards.
The Gatekeepers Opens Friday at the Angelika Film Center in Plano and the Magnolia In this Oscar-nominated documentary, filmmaker Dror Moreh captures thoughtful and revelatory interviews with six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service. The men discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the difficult choices they each made as head of the organization. Plus, each man reveals how specific experiences altered previously held beliefs and made them the individuals they are today.
Oz the Great and Powerful Wide release Director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) takes us back to Oz in this big-budget, 3-D spectacle starring James Franco as the younger version of the bumbling wizard Dorothy will run into one day. Early reviews have been mixed, but the consensus seems to be that, as far as family-friendly fare goes, you won't go too wrong with this one.
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Schindler's List Available on Blu-Ray for the first time this week Schindler's List wasn't the first serious film Steven Spielberg ever made, but it did significantly change the way he was perceived by critics and moviegoers when it was released in 1993. Since then, it's been recognized as an essential piece of American cinema, and there are plenty of good reasons for that. Two of the biggest are Spielberg's sensitive direction and Steven Zaillian's script. Added to that, you have the wonderful performances by Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes, not to mention John Williams' heart-rending score and the gorgeous cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Though not a movie the casual moviegoer would just go out and buy, the new Blu-Ray release is something Spielberg fans, and fans of American cinema in general, have been waiting for.