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Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin"

The Best Lead Performances of 2014

Kristian Lin
In contrast to my list of best supporting actors this past year, my list of best lead actors is so overwhelmingly male that it’s really rather depressing. Not that I didn’t savor the performances given by the male actors on...


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The Kimbell Screens “The Red Shoes”

JIMMY FOWLER
It’s not exaggerating to say that Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s garishly colorful 1948 melodrama The Red Shoes is one of the most influential movies ever made. Its influence is especially important because the fil...



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Cowboys Given New Life

ANTHONY MARIANI
I felt sick. Nauseous. Disgusted. Dirty. I had just watched NFL referees give away a game. To my favorite team. Did the Pittsburgh Steelers deserve to be in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks in 2005? Absolutely. Could...


DONNA DOUGLAS IN 1967 (courtesy wikipedia)

Off Asides on Dallas Cowboys vs Detroit Lions, Chokers

Jeff Prince
Today’s Off Asides is devoted to Donna Douglas, an early TV crush for young men who grew up watching The Beverly Hillbillies. The sweet but fiery Elly May Clampett is now swimming in that big cement pond in the sky. (Is it wr...



J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash."

The Best Supporting Performances of 2014

Kristian Lin
Just like last year, it seems to me like the supporting actresses got the better roles than their male counterparts. This is true even though good onscreen roles for women in general are dwindling at an alarming rate. Unlike la...


Smooth-pop-rocker Son of Stan will welcome 2015 tonight at Shipping & Receiving.

Top 5 Shows

ANTHONY MARIANI
1.) Two of the nicest people in town, Nicole Ofeno and Raef Payne, will be following their creative dreams to New York City soon, and for their bon voyage party –– tonight at Shipping & Receiving (201 S. Calhoun St., 81...



"Nightcrawler" is one of the best movies this year by a first-time filmmaker.

The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2014

Kristian Lin
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I don’t do a list of breakout talents every year. In 2014, however, I saw an unusual number of excellent movies from first-time filmmakers who had never directed a nondocumentary...


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...