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Boxer Willie

The homeless drama Cardboard Boxer never crawls out of the box.
Kristian Lin
You should always be suspicious of homeless dramas that star Oscar-nominated Hollywood actors. There are so many different ways that such movies can go wrong, prettifying the squalor or giving the actors phony Oscar-bait speech...


Joseph Gordon-Levitt sweats out a CIA polygraph test in Snowden.

Snowden: Whitehat

Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines amid this biopic’s flaws.
Kristian Lin
In some ways, Oliver Stone suits an Edward Snowden biopic perfectly. Who better to tell the story of this generation’s foremost government whistle-blower than a paranoid unreconstructed ’60s hippie activist who cherishes su...



The Disappointments Room

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Disappointments Room (R) Kate Beckinsale stars in this horror film as a mother who unleashes supernatural forces in the attic or her new rural home. Also with Duncan Joiner, Lucas Till, Michaela Conlin, Michael Land...


Tom Hanks deals with the aftermath of heroism in Sully.

Water Landing

Tom Hanks soars above the stale drama of Sully.
Steve Steward
Named for US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Clint Eastwood’s film tells the real-life story of how, in January 2009, Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles successfully executed the water landing of Flight 154...



Susana Gibb is producer and star of "Element."

Susana Gibb’s Movie Dreams

A North Texas actor segues into producing films as well.
Kristian Lin
For someone who’s been acting in TV and film for more than 20 years, Susana Gibb is surprisingly ambivalent about her chosen profession. The slender and attractive mainstay of local films says this as she discusses Daylight...


Anya Taylor-Joy throws another tantrum in Morgan.

Morgan Has Broken

This science-fiction thriller is decent late-summer fun.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw The Witch and wondered what else its young star, Anya Taylor-Joy, might be capable of. Morgan represents your first chance to see, and this science-fiction thriller confirms the remarkable talent of this 20-year-o...



Anna Gunn tries to make the numbers work in "Equity."

Equity: The Women of Wall Street

Anna Gunn aims for maximum Equity in this financial thriller.
Kristian Lin
I’ll admit, it never occurred to me that we might need a female version of all those high-finance dramas that we’ve seen ever since Gordon Gekko told us that greed was good. I didn’t see the need for it until I got a look...


A Tale of Love and Darkness

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING A Tale of Love and Darkness (PG-13) Natalie Portman co-stars, writes, and directs her first feature, this Hebrew-language adaptation of the memoir by the Israeli writer Amos Oz. Also with Amir Tessler, Gilad Kahana, Mon...



Ace the Case opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Ace the Case (PG-13) Ripley Sobo stars in this mystery film as a 10-year-old girl who witnesses a kidnapping while she’s left home alone. Also with Susan Sarandon, Lev Gorn, Aaron Sauter, and Marc Menchaca. (Opens Fri...


Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are a golden couple in the making in Southside With You.

Southside With You: Obama Afternoon

A charming romance about our First Couple.
Kristian Lin
Barack Obama isn’t out of office yet, and already I’m nostalgic for his presidency. I’d probably appreciate his easy communication and cool leadership in the face of unreasonable opposition regardless of the circumstances...