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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...


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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...


"Nightcrawler" is one of the best movies this year by a first-time filmmaker.

The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2014

Kristian Lin
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I don’t do a list of breakout talents every year. In 2014, however, I saw an unusual number of excellent movies from first-time filmmakers who had never directed a nondocumentary...



Jesus Christ! A Spanish bank robber fires back at pursuing police in "Witching and Bitching."

The Best Movie Moments of 2014

Kristian Lin
I did this feature last year and received enough response to encourage me to bring it back this year. This is my rundown of the most memorable moments from the year in cinema. As you can tell by the titles, some of these movies...


James Franco and Randall Park in "The Interview."

Screw You, North Korea! I Saw The Interview.

Kristian Lin
When last we checked in with The Interview, Sony Pictures had pulled the film from theaters and been roundly criticized for it. Since then, though, the company reversed course and put the movie out in select theaters around the...



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The Best Movie Dialogue of 2014

Kristian Lin
Welcome to the first of several blog posts in which I discuss the year in movies. This year, I’m starting with an annual post that I love compiling every year, a selection of the best dialogue I heard in the theater. Like man...


Celine and Jesse go boating in "Before Sunset"

The Best Movies of 2004

Kristian Lin
The end of the year is a time to look back, and most movie critics are content to compile a Top 10 list for the year and be done with it. I thought I’d re-rank the movies of 2004 and see whether time, age, the culture, or any...