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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...


Shut Up and Play the Hits

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’...



SUSPIRIA

NRA, Obama Attack Movie Violence

JIMMY FOWLER
The national gun debate has officially gotten surreal: President Obama and the National Rifle Association agree on something. At a news conference earlier today, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA executive vice president, blamed “Holly...


Killer Joe

Considering Matthew McConaughey

Kristian Lin
During the DFW Film Critics Association balloting, I voted for Matthew McConaughey’s performance in Killer Joe as one of the best supporting performances of the year, but my fellow film critics didn’t share my enthu...



Lincoln

DFW Film Critics: “Lincoln” Is Tops

Kristian Lin
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which I am a member, recently voted on the best movies of 2012. Today, they released the results of our vote, which includes acting awards and a new category for best movie sou...


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The Best Movies of 2002

Kristian Lin
Right, so I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve been busy running back and forth to Dallas and seeing stuff like Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. You’ll get my opinions on those movies in good time, dear readers, but r...



Sea birds fill the skies in "Leviathan."

LSIFF Report (Day 5)

Kristian Lin
The last day of the Lone Star Film Festival began with an extraordinary documentary called Leviathan. Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, this follows a New England commercial fishing vessel on the North At...


Antonio Frasca and Maurilio Giaffreda in "Caesar Must Die."

LSIFF Report (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
I got a big dose of high culture at LSIFF today, with Shakespeare, free jazz, and opera taking up my movies. Read on: Caesar Must Die is, I must say, the best Shakespeare movie I’ve seen in a while. Part of it is documentary ...



Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook."

LSIFF Report (Day 3)

Kristian Lin
Much bigger crowds on Friday than the previous two days for LSIFF. This isn’t to be wondered at, with the weekend beckoning. Even Jayne Mansfield’s Car on opening night didn’t attract a completely full house, but both scr...


Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon in "Jayne Mansfield's Car".

LSIFF Report (Days 1-2)

Kristian Lin
Since I’m the only film writer covering this year’s Lone Star International Film Festival for the Weekly this year, I’m posting my coverage of the festival to this site instead of to our usual LSIFF blog. Perhaps this wil...