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Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria"

The Best Supporting Performances of 2015

Kristian Lin
Here’s the first batch of acting awards I’m handing out for this year. You may be wondering where Rooney Mara is. I’m not including her in this list because I consider her performance in Carol to be a leading role, even t...


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The Best Movie Dialogue of 2015

Kristian Lin
This is my annual post about the year’s best movie dialogue, and 2015 brought so much good writing that I couldn’t find room for such well-scripted movies as Spotlight, The Hateful Eight, 45 Years, The Martian, Queen of Ear...



"Ex Machina" is one of the year's most striking movie debuts.

The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2015

Kristian Lin
Welcome to the first in what will be many blog posts about the movies of 2015. I’m starting with the directors whose debuts made me sit up and take notice. When I say “debuts,” I mean first feature fiction efforts. I’m ...


"Spotlight" takes top DFW Film Critics' top honors.

DFW Film Critics Choose Best Films of 2015

Kristian Lin
In an awards season where no film has taken a clear front-runner status, the DFW Film Critics Association picked its list of this year’s best movies over the weekend. Emerging as the winner was Spotlight, Tom McCarthyR...



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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 ...