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Alan Rickman makes his last screen appearance in Eye in the Sky.

Drone Wars

You feel the tragedy of Eye in the Sky in your head, not your heart.
Kristian Lin
Now that drones have become part of the way we fight war, for good or ill, they’ve started to be incorporated into war movies from Good Kill to Body of Lies. The trouble is that the same thing that makes drones attractive to ...


Tom Hiddleston portrays a country music legend in "I Saw the Light."

Drifting Cowboy

I Saw the Light: Hank Williams will never get out of this biopic alive.
Kristian Lin
>I Saw the Light opens with a bold statement of intent: Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), perched on a stool on an otherwise bare stage, sings “Cold, Cold Heart” with minimal accompaniment. The tall, slender British actor ...



Clutching a lamp pulled from the trash, Sally Field makes her way home in Hello, My Name Is Doris.

Doris’ Day

Sally Field is too strong for Hello, My Name Is Doris.
Kristian Lin
Amid the increasing awareness of sexism and ageism in Hollywood, a small number of low-budget filmmakers have caught onto the fact that they can get major talent for their movie at a reasonable price if they’re willing to bui...


Brigid Brannagh searches the darkness outside her Moldovan house in "They're Watching."

Tiny Nation House

They’re Watching: A home-repair show turns to witchcraft.
Kristian Lin
Here’s a 94-minute found-footage horror movie that would have worked better as an 8-minute found-footage Funny or Die comedy sketch. They’re Watching, which opens this Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills, blunders off the bat by ...



Melissa Rauch introduces her new training diet in The Bronze.

Tumbling Run

Hope springs eternal (and curses even more) in The Bronze.
Kristian Lin
I don’t watch The Big Bang Theory, so I was unfamiliar with Melissa Rauch before I saw her lead performance in The Bronze, which earns the mild distinction of being the best movie ever about gymnastics. As foul-mouthed as thi...


Jennifer Garner opens up about her faith in "Miracles from Heaven."

Child of God

Miracles from Heaven does poorly by a Burleson family.
Kristian Lin
The title Miracles from Heaven has already made up your mind whether you’re going to see this movie or not. If you subscribe to that particular strain of Christian belief that God actively intervenes in our daily lives and pe...



Mary Elizabeth Winstead finds herself in a concrete prison in "10 Cloverfield Lane."

Bonus Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Kristian Lin
The headline on the Guardian‘s review of 10 Cloverfield Lane reads “more Hitchcock than Xbox.” I like the British newspaper, but this isn’t one of their better headlines. It engages in a glib comparison ...


Come on, England! Sacha Baron Cohen and his fellow yobs watch the big game in The Brothers Grimsby.

Grim and Grimmer

Sacha Baron Cohen flails drunkenly in The Brothers Grimsby.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve heard anything about The Brothers Grimsby, it’s probably that the movie has a joke in which Donald Trump contracts AIDS. Supposedly the studio that’s putting out the film (Sony) has been trying to bury the Ameri...



Géza Röhrig is a Jewish man on a mission in "Son of Saul."

Buried Child

The Oscar-winning Son of Saul makes the Holocaust freshly horrifying.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve seen a few too many uninspired Holocaust dramas like I have, you might start to think that the subject is played out and that there’s no way to tell this chapter of history differently. Son of Saul manages to brin...


Judy and Nick wait patiently for the sloths at the DMV to do their work in Zootopia.

The Hop Cop

That rabbit is dynamite! Zootopia’s cuddly exterior hides some thorny issues.
Kristian Lin
I must admit that for a Disney animated film about an adorable little bunny rabbit, Zootopia proved harder to shake off than I expected. I should have taken a closer look at the behind-the-scenes talent involved in this, but th...