Mockingjay 2

Bonus Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Kristian Lin
We come to the end of the Hunger Games saga with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The last book of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy is generally considered to be the weakest, so I was interested to see how or if the filmmakers wo...

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's "Anomalisa" wound up the festival.

LSFF 2015 Report: Day 4

Kristian Lin
The last day of the ninth Lone Star Film Festival opened with T-Rex, Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper’s documentary about Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, the 17-year-old girl from Flint, Mich., who three years ago b...

CHAD MATHEWS AND ED BASS. (photos by Jeff Prince)

Lone Star Film Festival Calls It A Wrap

Jeff Prince
Mister Sundance Square seemed to be everywhere at the just completed four-day Fort Worth Film Festival. Downtown developer Ed Bass was particularly easy to spot on Saturday. Thin, immaculately dressed as always, and sporting a ...

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett fall for each other in "Carol."

LSFF 2015 Report: Day 3

Kristian Lin
I got up early to listen to the festival’s keynote speech by David Edelstein, a critic who now works at New York magazine and whom I admire greatly. His speech summed up the state of film content and distribution during the l...

Amber Heard and Christopher Walken star in "When I Live My Life Over Again," or "One More Time."

LSFF 2015 Report: Days 1-2

Kristian Lin
Opening night of this Lone Star Film Festival under its new management saw changes off the bat. The first film of the fest was screened at Four Day Weekend Theater instead of the usual AMC Palace. Programming director Charles R...

JOANNA KERNS. (photos by Jeff Prince)

Bill Paxton, Joanna Kerns, Malcolm McDowell Offer Hollywood Survival Tips

Jeff Prince
Three famous actors gave similar advice when asked what they would say to fledgling thespians seeking a career in film, TV, and theater. Don’t do it. It’s a trick answer. Those with doubts might take the advice and ...


Lone Star Film Festival Opens In Sundance Square

Jeff Prince
Native son Bill Paxton was as Texas friendly as you’d expect at this evening’s opening of the Ninth Annual Lone Star Film Festival. The star of movies (Alien,Tombstone, Titanic) and television (Big Love, Texas Risin...

Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain preside over a dark realm in "Crimson Peak."

Bonus Film Review: Crimson Peak

Kristian Lin
Ever since I heard about the existence of Crimson Peak, I’ve been holding my breath waiting for it. The draw of a horror movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro would have been enough to interest me, but I have a special affecti...

Josh Brolin finds himself in an unenviable spot while trying to climb "Everest."

Bonus Film Reviews

Pawn Sacrifice, Everest, and Veteran reviewed.
Kristian Lin
My Film page this week was a casualty of the early deadlines facing our Best of Fort Worth issue. Usually at least one really good movie comes out during that week, and I like to bring my A game for that in an issue that lots o...


An Appreciation of Satoshi Kon

Kristian Lin
This post was originally published on August 25, 2010 on the occasion of Satoshi Kon’s death and is reprinted below in advance of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Story, Style, and Character: The Art of Japanes...