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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...



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...