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River Phoenix stars in his last movie, Dark Blood, featuring music from Fort Worthian James Michael Taylor.

Local Artist Scores River Phoenix’s Last Movie

ANTHONY MARIANI
James Michael Taylor is not “going Hollywood,” as the old saying goes –– he’s much too cantankerous and outspoken for anyplace other than Fort Worth –– but his music might be.   A movie for which the blue-col...


Come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face.

Happy Birthday, Gene Kelly

Kristian Lin
If you attended the screening of Singin’ in the Rain last Wednesday, you know that 2012 not only marks the 60th anniversary of that film’s release but also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gene Kelly. The actor...



Tony Scott, 1944-2012

R.I.P., Tony Scott

Kristian Lin
Movie fans take a moment today to absorb the news that director and producer Tony Scott ended his own life yesterday by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, Calif. The 68-year-old native of North Shields, Northumberland was among...


Marvin Hamlisch, 1944-2012

Four Obituary Notices

Kristian Lin
A number of people whose work has caught my interest over the years have passed away recently, and while I let a couple of them slip, I thought I’d take note of them all in this post: Robert Hughes The Australian art crit...



Jimmy Stewart hangs loose in "Vertigo."

“Sight & Sound” Crowns New Greatest Film Ever

Kristian Lin
So everybody in the film world is buzzing about Sight & Sound’s new poll of the greatest films ever, which the British publication has conducted every 10 years since 1952. The main topic of conversation is Alfred Hitchcoc...


A piece of chu-toro (medium tuna) nigiri prepared by Jiro Ono in "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."

DVD Review: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

Kristian Lin
I’m a sucker for documentaries about food, so even if I hadn’t started eating sushi on a regular basis recently, I’d still be fascinated by Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Peter Gelb’s documentary that has just come out on DVD th...



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Further Thoughts on Batman

Kristian Lin
WARNING: MULTIPLE SPOILERS AHEAD Because of deadlines, I only had one hour to write up my review of The Dark Knight Rises last week. I had lots more thoughts about the film, but I figured I’d better hold on to them until I go...


Margaret

DVD Review: “Margaret”

Kristian Lin
I missed Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret during the one week it played at the Angelika in Dallas last fall, and I never received one of the awards screeners at the end of the year, so I didn’t get to see this drama unti...



Chris Kelly Leaves the Field to Me

Kristian Lin
I remember being irritated the first time I read Christopher Kelly’s film criticism. I had just recently taken over the equivalent job at the Weekly when he was brought in to be the Star-Telegram‘s leading film crit...


Mark Duplass in "Safety Not Guaranteed"

It’s a Big Mark Duplass Weekend!

Kristian Lin
This is a banner weekend for Mark Duplass in North Texas. This weekend sees Safety Not Guaranteed (in which he stars) opening in Grapevine, Hurst, and Arlington. Duplass also has a lead role in Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s ...