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Windsor

I Live in a Small Town

A Fort Worth filmmaker premieres his debut feature in front of his hometown.
Kristian Lin
I saw Windsor last Sunday during the just-concluded Lone Star Film Festival. Given how much coverage this publication has expended on Fort Worth’s Porter Farrell and his film, it would have been strange for me to be anywhere ...


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Outside Voice

Take your mom to the harrowing prison movie Room.
Kristian Lin
Brie Larson has been around. You probably saw her as Amy Schumer’s sister in Trainwreck or as the token girl in the movie version of 21 Jump Street. Fine as her performances in those comedies are, they don’t hint at the ext...



Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux wait for a train in the Moroccan desert in "Spectre".

Bonded Out

Spectre bids a fond farewell to Daniel Craig as 007.
Kristian Lin
Forming a neatly rounded-off tetralogy with the previous three James Bond movies, Spectre sure feels like the end of the line for Daniel Craig as the storied secret agent. If it indeed is, the 47-year-old actor can depart proud...


"The Peanuts Movie": The view from Snoopy's doghouse has never looked like this.

Buy Me Some Peanuts

Charlie Brown and his gang return to the big screen in fine style.
Kristian Lin
When it was first announced that Peanuts would be turned into a 3D movie, many of my fellow Peanuts fans were afraid that the resulting film would turn the beloved comic strip into some garish contemporary bastardization of Cha...



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Burnt Down for What

Bradley Cooper deserves better service from this chef drama.
Kristian Lin
Most movies about chefs portray their subjects as divinely inspired (if occasionally temperamental) artisans who live to dazzle us with their culinary creations. Ah, but we know better, don’t we? Reality TV shows and chef mem...


Truth

Poke in the Eye

Truth is a numbing look into a journalism scandal.
Kristian Lin
You may recall that 16 years ago, Michael Mann made a laudable, well-acted, detail-oriented journalism movie called The Insider that cast CBS News as the villain. Truth aims to repeat the trick, and its depiction of the Eye has...



Michael Fassbender outlines his vision for the future as Steve Jobs.

Shiny Apple

Steve Jobs comes back in this wordy, wildly entertaining biopic.
Kristian Lin
“Artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands!” That might just be the most Aaron Sorkin thing that anybody has ever said in an Aaron Sorkin drama. (I think Mao Tse-tung would have approved of the sentiment, too.) Just wh...


Asian-Films

Popcorn and Pancit

China and the Philippines move in on the screens at AMC Grapevine Mills.
Kristian Lin
The food isn’t the only thing new going on at AMC Grapevine Mills (see: Eats review, pg. 24). The Asian movies have been new as well. The Grapevine theater is one of 30 AMC theaters nationwide that participates in the chain...



Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain preside over a dark realm in "Crimson Peak."

Bonus Film Review: Crimson Peak

Kristian Lin
Ever since I heard about the existence of Crimson Peak, I’ve been holding my breath waiting for it. The draw of a horror movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro would have been enough to interest me, but I have a special affecti...


Bridge-of-Spies

Prisoners’ Dilemmas

Spielberg and the Coens team up for the big, underwhelming Bridge of Spies.
Kristian Lin
Steven Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies from a script that was co-written by the Coen brothers. Not so long ago, these filmmakers seemed to be diametrical opposites: Spielberg was the representative of Hollywood’s old guard...