Film Reviews
Stéphanie Cléau and Mathieu Amalric have an affair that ends in murder in The Blue Room.

Indie Film Roundup

Don’t overlook these three movies at the multiplex. Actually, overlook one.
KRISTIAN LIN
Every once in awhile, rather than telling you about the big films that everyone else is covering, we like to focus on movies that might otherwise get lost in the hype (especially when one of the big ones — say The Hunger Game...


Gugu Mbatha-Raw (in white) rocks out in Beyond the Lights.

Lights On

Stellar performances and a solid script make this potential melodrama serious entertainment.
COLE WILLIAMS
When Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) first sings, she’s a little girl in a talent competition performing Nina Simone’s “Blackbird.” She comes in second place, and her passionate stage mom Macy Jean (Minnie Driver) tells her to t...



Fredrick Alonzo comes to AMC Parks to screen "Signed, Sealed & Delivered," Fri.

Fredrick Alanzo Keeps the Faith

A Fort Worth native brings his first film back to North Texas.
KRISTIAN LIN
After a long and circuitous route, Fredrick Alanzo is returning to North Texas this Friday for a local premiere of his film Signed, Sealed & Delivered. Currently living in Houston, the Fort Worth native conceived the work a...


Matthew McConaughey explores a whole new world in Interstellar.

Wild Black Yonder

Christopher Nolan reaches for the stars in Interstellar.
KRISTIAN LIN
I know this much about Interstellar: Christopher Nolan wants to make a big, ambitious fantasy thriller for the popcorn crowd like he usually does but one that vibrates with love, hope, and optimism the same way that his Batman ...



Keira Knightley works a street corner (no, not like that) in "Laggies."

Gone Girl

Laggies shows you Keira Knightley like you haven’t seen her before.
KRISTIAN LIN
I like the new Keira Knightley. She’s so much more fun than the old one. The old one never would have played the sort of person who sees a giant Buddha statue in an Asian restaurant and twists the statue’s nipples while mak...


Michael Keaton is haunted by the character he created in Birdman.

Fly Away

Michael Keaton returns, and Birdman soars into the sky.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember the conversation in Neighbors this past summer, when Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s characters argued about whether Michael Keaton or Christian Bale was the better Batman? It was telling — Rogen’s character is old en...



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The Man with Two Horns

They should have called this movie The Devil and Daniel Radcliffe.
KRISTIAN LIN
If Horns reminds you of old Stephen King movie adaptations like Christine, Cujo, and Stand By Me, that’s partly because it’s based on a novel by Joe Hill, who is King’s son. The setting has been shifted from the Kings’ ...


Tessa Thompson (foreground, left) and her friends take a dim view of racial stereotypes in Dear White People.

The Blackness Project

Dear White People, here’s a campus comedy crackling with racial tension.
KRISTIAN LIN
Dear White People vividly reminds us of what we already know: It’s a complicated business growing up black in America. So many stereotypes have developed over the years that if you avoid one, you may very well fall into anoth...



Bill Murray relaxes while Jaeden Lieberher mows his lawn in St. Vincent.

Household Saint

A strong cast rescues St. Vincent from sentimental martyrdom.
KRISTIAN LIN
Really, St. Vincent isn’t anything new. This working-class dramedy is a modestly budgeted independent film, but it’s the same sort of sentimental tripe that Hollywood would have made into something intolerable 20 years ago....


Joaquín, María, and Manolo stand in front of a Día de los Muertos world in The Book of Life.

Gran Libro

The Book of Life celebrates Day of the Dead in style.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood doesn’t put out many movies about Latinos that are pitched toward a general audience, let alone ones that are aimed specifically at families. The last such films that Hispanics could hold up with pride to their non-...