In addition to Leon Russell’s long-awaited Oklahoma-filmed documentary from the 1970s and the new Woody Allen film, Circle Cinema also opens new documentaries about Chris Farley and Kurt Cobain.


‘A Poem is a Naked Person’: We’ve been waiting 40 years for this documentary about Leon Russell, filmed largely in and around his studio at Grand Lake in 1972-74. Tons of music and concert footage, famous musicians, a commune-like existence at the studio and plenty of Oklahoma lake folks made the cut for this special film. Exclusively at Circle Cinema.

‘Irrational Man’: The new Woody Allen movie, an existential murder tale set in Rhode Island, stars Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey.

‘Dark Places’: Before author Gillian Flynn wrote her hot-button novel “Gone Girl,” she penned this pitch-black crime story about a woman (Charlize Theron) who must face the evidence that her murdered family’s killer may not be the man who’s in prison — her brother — for the crime.

‘I Am Chris Farley’: A new documentary examines the life of Chris Farley, the comedian who starred in “Saturday Night Live” and films like “Tommy Boy.” Screenings are set for 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’: This acclaimed, authorized documentary on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is screening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday.

‘Calls to Okies — The Park Grubbs Story’/’The Verdigris — In Search of Will Rogers’: A pair of Oklahoma filmmakers, Bradley Beesley and Beau Jennings, will be on hand to discuss the short-film “Calls to Okies,” about Bartlesville phone pranksters, and the following full-length film “The Verdigris,” in which the pair followed the path of Oklahoma’s favorite son Will Rogers from here to Alaska, telling of his legacy and playing music along the way. Set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.


‘Coming to America’: A new comedy classics series opens with Eddie Murphy’s 1980s hit, showing at 2 p.m. Sunday and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cinemark Tulsa.

‘Enchanted Kingdom 3-D’: Images of forests, seas, mountains and wildlife showcase the amazing beauty of nature in this two-night event, with screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

See next week’s wide-release movie early: Showtimes are set for Thursday, Aug. 13, for previews of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” beginning as early as 7 p.m. at multiple Tulsa-area theaters.

Michael Smith 918-581-8479