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James Franco and Seth Rogen wait for their movie to be released in "The Interview"

North Korea Ruins My Thursday Evening (Updated)

Kristian Lin
I was supposed to see The Interview last night. There was a press screening scheduled for the comedy about an assassination plot against Kim Jong-un, and I was going to attend, terrorist threat or no. It’s not often that ...


Michael Keaton soars to No. 1 with the DFW Film Critics.

DFW Film Critics Choose 2014′s Best Movies

Kristian Lin
This morning, the DFW Film Critics Association announced their awards for the best movies of 2014. I am a member of this group, and I turned in my vote on Saturday. Birdman wound up being the big winner, with gongs for the best...



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Bonus Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

Kristian Lin
Here I find myself in the same position I was in with the seventh Harry Potter movie. Like that next-to-last film in a series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I isn’t really meant to stand up on its own, so when I say there...


Timothy Spall executes his latest seascape in "Mr. Turner."

Lone Star Film Festival Report (Day 5)

Kristian Lin
The last day of the festival started with the best acting performance I’ve seen, which is saying quite a bit. Timothy Spall is a fat, jowly English actor with a bulbous nose whom you’ve probably seen in Harry Potter and the...



Noah Wiseman sees "The Babadook" in broad daylight.

Lone Star Film Festival Report (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
Disaster struck at that early screening of Winter Sleep that I mentioned in my last post. The LSFF staff found corruption in the files containing the movie, so it couldn’t be shown. I’m told that the movie will now be scree...


Reese Witherspoon in "Wild."

Lone Star Film Festival Report (Day 3)

Kristian Lin
I shifted back to the Modern today after spending yesterday watching movies at AMC Palace. I’m sad to miss two blocks of short films, but I didn’t want to miss one of the festival’s marquee attractions. The evening starte...



Bass Hall was packed with music fans on Wednesday but not for a live performance. Photo by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Cinematic Virtuosity

EDWARD BROWN
International piano competitions and glitzy film festivals make for interesting bedfellows. The mix seemed uneasy at first but slowly coalesced into a memorable evening as the Van Cliburn Foundation’s new documentary, Virtuos...


Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game."

Lone Star Film Festival Report (Days 1-2)

Kristian Lin
Hello, and welcome to my first dispatch from the 2014 Lone Star International Film Festival. I had to recuse myself from the opening film Virtuosity because I’m in the movie, but Eddie Brown saw the movie in my place, and he...



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LSIFF Gets in Iranian Vampire Western

Kristian Lin
I will be covering the Lone Star International Film Festival on this blog all weekend, but I have an update to pass along to help you make plans. The festival just announced two late, late additions to the lineup on Sunday. Fir...


Peter Wyngarde haunts Deborah Kerr in "The Innocents".

Halloween DVD Pick: The Innocents

Kristian Lin
I was lucky enough to see The Innocents when I was a teenager, and it turned me off horror flicks with faceless slashers running after naked teens for good. This Halloween sees this 1961 British classic out on a handsome new Bl...