The Best Movies, New and Old, to See in Dallas this Week, February 20 to February 24
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.
Argo hits DVD/Blu-Ray.
When I Rise
Screens Wednesday night at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas
The Texas Independent Film Network presents this special, one-night only screening of When I Rise. This independant Texas production profiles the backlash that occurred when a black music student at University of Texas was cast alongside a white male classmate in an opera. The film looks at the aftermath and the singer's eventual rise to prominence as a mezzo-soprano celebrated around the world.
Six Short Stories
Screens Thursday night at the Texas Theatre
The Art Foundation, a Dallas-based arts group, brings Six Short Stories, by Richard Patterson, to Oak Cliff's Texas Theatre for a one-night screening on Thursday. Originally from England, Patterson now lives here. Thursday's screening is free and starts at 8 pm. It will be followed by a special conversation between Patterson and D Magazine's Peter Simek.
Opens Friday at the Magnolia
Since 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted has been documenting the lives of 14 Brits of varying social classes. When he started, his subjects were just seven years old. Now, after a series of sequels spaced seven years apart, the same individuals are in or are nearing their 50s. The journey for both the on-screen participants and viewers has been surprising, not to mention enlightening. 56 Up begins its run in the Dallas area Friday at the Magnolia. If you're new to the series, you can catch up on the previous installments on Netflix.
Safety Not Guaranteed
Available on DVD/Blu-Ray and Netflix
Aubrey Plaza has a knack for turning passive-aggressive loathing into vulnerability. She does it all the time on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and just as ably here in Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, a sci-fi movie masquerading as a quirky love story, or perhaps it's the other way around.
The acting is good all around, but Plaza and Mark Duplass, as a man who believes he can travel through time, are the standouts. The film didn't get a wide release when it hit the Dallas area last year, but it's been on DVD for a while and just hit Netflix this week.
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray
Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort is considered by many Oscar pundits to be the front-runner at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. This despite the fact that it has fewer nominations than other Best Picture contenders, like Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Les Misérables. Still, even if it doesn't come out on top, it's gained a critical and mainstream following most movies never do. Not bad when you consider how many people were saying Affleck's career would end with Gigli.