Film Reviews
Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rub up against each other on the dance floor in Don Jon.

Porn Again

An actor enjoys his first time (writing and directing) in Don Jon.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the last week of September? For the third straight year (after last year’s Looper and 2011’s 50/50), the actor stars in a movie that opens on this particular weekend. Now comes Don ...


Chris Hemsworth hangs out with Formula One groupies while Daniel Brühl looks on in Rush.

Need for Speed

Drugs! Sex! Death! Cars! Rush grips the track and glues you to your seat.
KRISTIAN LIN
Many A-list Hollywood-trained directors from the 1980s and ’90s have fallen by the wayside; for every Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow, there’s a Rob Reiner or Penny Marshall. For a while, Ron Howard looked like he was g...



Who's on the sofa behind Rose Byrne in Insidious: Chapter 2?

Less Insidious, More Enjoyable

James Wan and Leigh Whannell whiff on scares but still make an entertaining fright flick.
STEVE STEWARD
Here’s what you need to know about Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to 2011’s critically appreciated haunted house/demonic possession thriller helmed by Saw-franchise mastermind James Wan: It’s barely scarier than an ’8...


Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow take an exercise break in Central Park in Thanks for Sharing.

Indie Film Roundup

A look at three smaller films landing in Tarrant County multiplexes this week.
KRISTIAN LIN
Once again, a crop of low-budget films finds its way into our multiplexes this week for our edification. You might well turn to these films for a respite after an exhausting summer filled with one blockbuster after another, but...



Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon hang out on the porch in Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

A Death in the Family

Billy Bob Thornton makes a shaky return to directing with Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 1996, when Sling Blade came out, not only had no one heard of Billy Bob Thornton, the whole concept of regional cinema hadn’t been developed yet. Independent filmmaking was still centered largely in New York, which me...


Keri Russell and JJ Feild dance a minuet in a drawing room that's not in 19th-century England in "Austenland."

Jane Addiction

Another clumsy comedy comes up short of a Jane Austen experience in Austenland.
KRISTIAN LIN
The devotion of Jane Austen’s fanbase can be measured in how many movies have been inspired by her work. I don’t mean just straightforward adaptations of her novels but also fractured takes on those novels (Clueless), fanci...



Jennifer Hudson rallies supporters against apartheid South Africa in Winnie Mandela.

Amandla!

A living subject gives the biopic Winnie Mandela its biggest problems.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biography Winnie Mandela was made back in 2010, but it’s probably coming to local theaters now because Nelson Mandela is approaching the end of his life. (The great leader is getting his own biographical film later this y...


Eric Bana arranges a clandestine rendezvous at a crowded Wembley Stadium in Closed Circuit.

I’ll Be Watching You

A terrorist’s lawyers can’t escape the British government’s eyes in Closed Circuit.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paranoid political thrillers crested in the 1970s, but I’m looking forward to a new wave of them inspired by the revelations by Edward Snowden and others about the extent to which our digital trails are being snooped on. Perh...



A somewhat sober Miles Teller assists on Shailene Woodley’s paper route in The Spectacular Now.

Teenage Drink

Great actors generate buzz in The Spectacular Now.
KRISTIAN LIN
As alcoholism dramas go, last week’s offering, The World’s End, is a hard act to follow. If The Spectacular Now isn’t as powerful or as funny, this brilliantly acted film is still the best teen flick I’ve seen all year,...


Tony Leung demonstrates his martial arts style for a crowd of future disciples in The Grandmaster.

Grandmaster Flash

Beauty and romance distinguish this deluxe kung fu movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wong Kar-Wai’s films generally don’t play in American multiplexes, but that’s exactly where his latest movie, The Grandmaster, lands this weekend. That’s because it’s a martial-arts film, a genre that crosses language...