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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...



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Catching Up With the Classics (Part 2)

Kristian Lin
Continuing the project that I started a few weeks ago, here are thoughts on more of the canonical films that eluded me until now. I’ll have to put this project on hold during the upcoming Lone Star Film Festival, but I sh...


Right-wingers think Lena Dunham is a slut for Obama.

Lena Dunham Gives Right-Wingers Female Trouble

Kristian Lin
When writing a post like this, I become very much aware that there are no women writing regularly on this blog, now that Betty Brink is indisposed. That’s really too bad; this subject cries out for a female point of view....



Don McLeroy, former chairman of the Texas Board Of Education and a guy who believes T-Rexes lived on Noah's Arc.

T-Rex Lived On Noah’s Ark: Film Recaps Texas Textbook Battle

Andrew McLemore
Okay, today we’ll start class with a pop quiz: What do hip-hop, evolution and Thomas Jefferson all have in common? Answer: They were all stricken from Texas textbooks by the group of evangelicals that sit on the Texas Sta...


The staging of Britten's "Noye's Fludde" in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."

Benjamin Britten and “Moonrise Kingdom”

Kristian Lin
Benjamin Britten’s music is one of my specialties, as it happens, and it’s front and center for one of my favorite movies of the year, Moonrise Kingdom. I didn’t have space to address the way Wes Anderson’s film uses Br...