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The Top 10 Documentaries of 2012

Kristian Lin
Computer issues have hampered my ability to post here the last week or so, but that has actually been a good thing, because it has allowed me to catch up on a couple of documentary films that I couldn’t get to in 2012. So my ...


Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."

North Texas Films at Sundance: How’d They Do?

Kristian Lin
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival ended this past weekend, and North Texas was unusually well represented at this year’s fest, both in the number of films and in quality. Even the New York Times took notice of a new film sc...



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Django Unchained Toys Sell For Big Money On MLK Day

Jeff Prince
Today, some Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honor the nation’s greatest civil rights leader. Others…not so much. Take eBay bidders for instance. Django Unchained action figures were discontinued l...


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The Greatest Movies of All Time*

Kristian Lin
*as decided by me and 64 other film critics Three months ago, British film blogger Iain Stott asked me and other movie critics from around the world to participate in a poll. After Sight & Sound magazine released its list o...



Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "Smashed"

The Best Lead Performances of 2012

Kristian Lin
In some years, the men get the lion’s share of the great leading roles, but in 2012, it was the women who did the shinier work in the lead roles. (The same can’t be said for the supporting roles this year, but then the wome...


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The Best Supporting Performances of 2012

Kristian Lin
I don’t expect all these performances to be nominated come Oscar time, but then my picks for the best supporting performances of the year never match up with the Academy voters’, or my fellow critics’. (This is especially...



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The Best Movie Dialogue of 2012

Kristian Lin
Once again, it’s time for my favorite recurring blog post of the year. As you’ll recall, I published a 2011 version of this post last January. As always, this post is based on my transcription of dialogue from the f...


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Further Notes on “Django Unchained”

Kristian Lin
Here we go with my leftover thoughts about Django Unchained that I couldn’t get in my review of the movie. Warning: spoilers ahead. Everyone’s discussing the obvious reference: Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Italian Western Djang...



Harry Baur in "Les Misérables"

DVD Review: “Les Misérables”

Kristian Lin
Calm down, Les Mizzies. I haven’t somehow obtained an advance copy of the DVD of the movie musical that’s currently playing in theaters. Instead, I’m using the occasion to point you toward the 1934 French-lang...


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The Year in Music Documentaries

Kristian Lin
I noticed an unusual number of good music documentaries this year, and I thought I’d post about them before I posted my list of the year’s best documentaries, which is coming later on. 1. Shut Up and Play the Hits I didn’...