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Natalie Press and Emily Blunt in "My Summer of Love."

The Best Movies of 2005

Kristian Lin
I think it was Slate’s Dana Stevens who said that any critic would have to be a masochist to go back and look over their old “10 best movies of the year” lists. If it was her, I have no idea what she means, because I alwa...


Bel Powley in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."

The Best Lead Performances of 2015

Kristian Lin
Time now for the best headlining star turns I saw this year. I’m glad to report that the gender-equity pendulum swung back in 2015 — after the men dominated the leading roles last year, this year it was the women’s turn. ...



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...