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The Best Movie Dialogue of 2013

Kristian Lin
I’ve said it before, but I love compiling this post every year. (Here’s last year’s post.) Instead of citing the best movie scripts of the year, I transcribe pieces of dialogue that I find very good. I think it’s instru...


Adèle Exarchopoulos in "Blue Is the Warmest Color."

The Best Lead Performances of 2013

Kristian Lin
You may be surprised that I’ve relegated a number of Oscar-contending performances to the honorable mentions here. That’s because I ran into the same problem that I did with making a list of the year’s best films: Too man...



James Franco in "Spring Breakers."

The Best Supporting Performances of 2013

Kristian Lin
Continuing my recap of the year in movies, here are the best supporting performances I saw in 2013. Usually the men get the better supporting roles over the course of a year’s movies, but the women caught my interest more in ...


From the opening of "Gravity."

The Best Movie Moments of 2013

Kristian Lin
Welcome to my list of the greatest moments in the movies of 2013. I don’t do this list every year, but this year I felt like posting this. At a time when everybody else is listing the year’s best films, this exercise remind...



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DFW Film Critics: “12 Years a Slave” Is Year’s Best Film

Kristian Lin
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association announced the results of their annual poll this morning, and 12 Years a Slave took the prize as the best film of 2013. So that fellow critic whom I screamed at after I first saw th...


Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

LSFF Report (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
The festival’s last day began with Blood Brother, Steve Hoover’s documentary about his lifelong best friend Robin “Rocky” Braat, who sold all his possessions and moved to India in pursuit of “authenticity.” When he ...



Will Forte, Bruce Dern, and June Squibb revisit old haunts in "Nebraska."

LSFF Report (Day 3)

Kristian Lin
As always, Saturday turned out to be the busiest day for the festival. The winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Like Father, Like Son is the latest exquisitely observed domestic drama from the Japanes...


Reece Shearsmith tries prayer in "A Field in England."

LSFF Report (Day 2)

Kristian Lin
I should mention that the Lone Star Film Society is starting up a new series called Arthouse FW that will be showing classic films in the first half of 2014, ranging from Kenji Mizoguchi’s Life of Oharu to John Carpenter’s ...



Tim Jenison in "Tim's Vermeer."

LSFF Report (Day 1)

Kristian Lin
The seventh Lone Star Film Festival opened with the year’s most enthralling documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, which held a packed house — and me as well — rapt with attention. The Tim in the title is Tim Jenison, a San Antoni...


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Blockbuster Goes Bust

Kristian Lin
About 20 years ago, Jay Leno joked on The Tonight Show about a mooted idea for a national identity card. “We already have one,” he said. “It says ‘Blockbuster Video’ on it.” That joke has not...