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Ben Foster and Chris Pine contemplate the land they’re prepared to kill for in Hell or High Water.

Hell or High Water: Texas Hold-Up

Set in West Texas, a hellacious thriller of the recession.
Kristian Lin
The big economic recession that hit eight years ago has inspired its share of films like 99 Homes and The Big Short, but even the lightest of these have been burdened by a certain amount of preachiness and moral outrage. The co...


Paper cranes lift a boy hero into the sky in "Kubo and the Two Strings."

Kubo and the Two Strings: Paperboy

This animated film from Laika Entertainment is a magnificent paper tiger.
Kristian Lin
I must confess I’m less enamored with Kubo and the Two Strings than most other people seem to be. This stop-motion animated film is from Laika Entertainment, which is on some kind of tear after making The Boxtrolls, ParaNorma...



Pete’s Dragon
Starring Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Robert Redford. Directed by David Lowery. Written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, based on Malcolm Marmorstein’s screenplay. Rated PG.

Pete’s Dragon: Beast of the Northern Wild

A Fort Worth director triumphs in this Disney remake.
Kristian Lin
Disney Studios continue to raid their back catalog of animated hits to remake into live-action films for a new era, and so far I’ve been underwhelmed by the results. (Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the live-act...


Meryl Streep cuts a recording while Simon Helberg (foreground) accompanies her in "Florence Foster Jenkins."

Florence Foster Jenkins: Murder on the High Cs

Meryl Streep misses her high notes in this muted music drama.
Kristian Lin
Meryl Streep has proven her singing ability time and again, so it seems more than a bit perverse to cast her as one of the worst opera singers in recorded history, which is what Florence Foster Jenkins does. She plays the title...



David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest try to reach an understanding during Five Nights in Maine.

Five Nights in Maine: Loved and Lost

A New England bereavement story wastes two good actors.
Kristian Lin
Opening this week at AMC Grapevine Mills for a limited run, Five Nights in Maine is a racially charged two-hander of a bereavement drama with one Oscar-winning actress and one actor who was infamously screwed out of an Oscar no...


Trippin’ to the Altar

He’s Trippin’

An Austin filmmaker snags a prize at the Fort Worth Indie Film Festival.
Kristian Lin
At 52, David Reyes took a while to finally finish his first fiction film. “I was part of that sad generation that saw Star Wars and decided [filmmaking] was what I wanted to do,” said the Austin filmmaker. “I was 14 years...



Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn go drunken grocery shopping in Bad Moms.

Bad Moms: Oh, Mama!

These mothers cut loose in one of the summer’s funniest comedies.
Kristian Lin
The late Garry Marshall’s last film was released this spring. It was called Mother’s Day, and it wasn’t mentioned in many of the director’s obituaries, mostly because it was terrible and a sad ending to his long career....


Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart check out Hollywood's stateliest homes in "Cafe Society."

Café Society: Beautiful People

Kristen Stewart outshines Tinseltown and Woody Allen's latest.
Kristian Lin
So it turns out that the latest young actress to give a dazzling performance in a Woody Allen film wasn’t Emma Stone but rather Kristen Stewart. Hands up, everybody who called that one. (Yeah, I didn’t think so.) In his lat...



Red Steagall will host an upcoming documentary on the Stockyards. Photo by Joel Walters.

Filming the Stockyards

A filmmaker puts the final touches on a documentary about the legendary district.
Jeff Prince
A bunch of cowboys are expected to be sidling up to bars and moseying down sidewalks in the Stockyards this weekend. The fourth Saturday of July is the National Day of the Cowboy, a nonprofit organization’s celebration of peo...


Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley live it up as fugitives on the Riviera in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Absolutely Fabulous: Passing Fashion

Patsy and Edina look long in the tooth in their big-screen adventure.
Kristian Lin
I should start off by saying I’m an Absolutely Fabulous virgin. I had never seen a single episode of the cult 1990s British sitcom before I saw the movie version that comes out this week. Judge me for it if you will, but back...