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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...



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...



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...


Ha Jung-woo looks for a way out of "The Tunnel."

The Tunnel: Beneath the Surface

A man is trapped underground, and South Korea responds poorly.
Kristian Lin
Two years ago, a ferry called the MV Sewol capsized off the southwestern tip of South Korea, leaving more than 300 people (most of them schoolchildren) dead and greatly damaging the South Korean people’s faith in their govern...



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...