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Taraji Henson

Considering Taraji P. Henson

Kristian Lin
Like many of you, I just got through the season finale of Empire after enough stuff happened in the first 12 episodes to make Scandal look sedate by comparison. While everybody else is recapping the show’s plethora of inciden...


Cinderella 2015

An Incomplete History of Cinderella at the Movies

Kristian Lin
I mentioned in my review of the new Cinderella that the story had been told many times before, modernized, tweaked, and otherwise adulterated in every possible way. Anna Kendrick said in an interview last winter that each gener...



Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh and His Stars

Kristian Lin
Who is Mike Leigh? You might answer, “A British filmmaker who has been making films since the 1980s, a few of them period pieces, but most of them slice-of-life realistic dramas set in London’s working class.” You’d be ...


Chuck Jones

Considering Chuck Jones

Kristian Lin
I wore my Bugs Bunny tie to the press preview of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Chuck Jones exhibit, and I came back with a desire to recap the career of this American comedy master. Many of Jones’ films are...



Fifty Shades of Grey

Random Observations on Fifty Shades of Grey

Kristian Lin
So I finally saw Fifty Shades of Grey. It was less terrible than I feared, but still fell well short of being good. Let’s break this down: I’ve only read enough of the book to appreciate the awfulness of E.L. James’ writi...


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A Marvel Experience … for the Kiddos

JOEY KEETON
Waiting to enter the first dome –– of The Marvel Experience’s total of seven –– may make you feel as if you’re about to step into Jurassic Park. It’s all searchlights, huge digital projections, and massive images ...



Concept art of a spaceship from "Jodorowsky's Dune."

The Best Documentaries of 2014

Kristian Lin
Just like last year, I’m putting this list out at an opportune time. My top documentary of the year (and one of my best movies of the year) is currently playing in Dallas, and, as I mentioned on our Night & Day page, it w...


Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin"

The Best Lead Performances of 2014

Kristian Lin
In contrast to my list of best supporting actors this past year, my list of best lead actors is so overwhelmingly male that it’s really rather depressing. Not that I didn’t savor the performances given by the male actors on...



Film Title: Retrospective -Michael Powell

The Kimbell Screens “The Red Shoes”

JIMMY FOWLER
It’s not exaggerating to say that Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s garishly colorful 1948 melodrama The Red Shoes is one of the most influential movies ever made. Its influence is especially important because the fil...


J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash."

The Best Supporting Performances of 2014

Kristian Lin
Just like last year, it seems to me like the supporting actresses got the better roles than their male counterparts. This is true even though good onscreen roles for women in general are dwindling at an alarming rate. Unlike la...