Film and TV

The Best Movies, New and Old, to See In Dallas this Weekend, May 1 to May 5

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.

Iron Man 3 Wide release Shane Black, the screenwriter of the first Lethal Weapon and the man behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, finishes what Jon Favreau began with this third installment in the popular superhero series. Things explode and Robert Downey Jr. makes witty retorts -- what more do you need to know?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Screens midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood When Indy used a refrigerator to shield himself from an atomic bomb blast in the fourth Jones film, a lot of fans called shenanigans. But is that really any worse than the guy who lives through his heart being ripped out in Temple of Doom? Still, Temple comes out on top if for no other reason than that Short Round will always beat Shia LaBeouf as a sidekick. Plus, you gotta admit, the minecart chase and the rope bridge finale are pretty sweet.

Silver Linings Playbook DVD/Blu-Ray I don't know how long the average theatrical release is, but I do know that most movies don't get the five to six month first run that Silver Lining Playbook has gotten. I'll let others decide how much to credit David O. Russell's filmmaking and how much to credit the stars headlining it (including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence). What that should tell you is that if you haven't seen it yet -- and with a release that long there can't be too many who haven't -- you should now that it's on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Not Fade Away DVD and Blu-Ray If Silver Linings Playbook drew the long straw with a lengthy release and healthy media attention, this little film, set in the music scene of the 1960s, is relatively obscure. It's the first feature from David Chase, the creative force behind The Sopranos, and it even features James Gandolfini. Quite a few critics considered it one of the best films of last year, even though it didn't hit theaters in Dallas until early January.

Kon-Tiki Opens Friday at the Dallas and Plano Angelika This Norwegian film tells the story of an adventurer's voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a raft made from balsa wood, all to prove a theory on how the Polynesian islands were settled. If that sounds less than exciting, keep in mind that it was nominated for an Oscar this year in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

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