Film Reviews
Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones plan a long trip over wild country in The Homesman.

Eastward Bound

Tommy Lee Jones gets lost on the high plains in The Homesman.
KRISTIAN LIN
It has been nine years since Tommy Lee Jones made his directing debut with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. That acclaimed Western, which won multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival, was occasionally confused but ha...


Yes, your movie is that terrible. Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike in Hector and the Search for Happiness.

Stop Hectoring Me

A shrink’s Search for Happiness will make you sad indeed.
KRISTIAN LIN
And now, ladies and gentlemen, comes one of the year’s most insufferable movies, Hector and the Search for Happiness. Simon Pegg’s collaboration with Edgar Wright has resulted in some of the best comedies of the last 10 yea...



Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne woo each other under the lights of Cambridge in The Theory of Everything.

Physical Attraction

Even with its actors, The Theory of Everything is a fraud.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’d all like to know what it’s like to be a genius, but it might well be both easier and more fruitful to make a movie about what it’s like to live with a genius. Not many of us have otherworldly talents at something, bu...


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Fire Yourself

The idiotic Horrible Bosses 2 fails its performance evaluation.
KRISTIAN LIN
I was leery of Horrible Bosses 2, even though I liked the first one. You see, the director and the writers from the original have been replaced for the sequel, and the new director/co-writer is Sean Anders, who was responsible ...



Stéphanie Cléau and Mathieu Amalric have an affair that ends in murder in The Blue Room.

Indie Film Roundup

Don’t overlook these three movies at the multiplex. Actually, overlook one.
KRISTIAN LIN
Every once in awhile, rather than telling you about the big films that everyone else is covering, we like to focus on movies that might otherwise get lost in the hype (especially when one of the big ones — say The Hunger Game...


Gugu Mbatha-Raw (in white) rocks out in Beyond the Lights.

Lights On

Stellar performances and a solid script make this potential melodrama serious entertainment.
COLE WILLIAMS
When Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) first sings, she’s a little girl in a talent competition performing Nina Simone’s “Blackbird.” She comes in second place, and her passionate stage mom Macy Jean (Minnie Driver) tells her to t...



Fredrick Alonzo comes to AMC Parks to screen "Signed, Sealed & Delivered," Fri.

Fredrick Alanzo Keeps the Faith

A Fort Worth native brings his first film back to North Texas.
KRISTIAN LIN
After a long and circuitous route, Fredrick Alanzo is returning to North Texas this Friday for a local premiere of his film Signed, Sealed & Delivered. Currently living in Houston, the Fort Worth native conceived the work a...


Matthew McConaughey explores a whole new world in Interstellar.

Wild Black Yonder

Christopher Nolan reaches for the stars in Interstellar.
KRISTIAN LIN
I know this much about Interstellar: Christopher Nolan wants to make a big, ambitious fantasy thriller for the popcorn crowd like he usually does but one that vibrates with love, hope, and optimism the same way that his Batman ...



Keira Knightley works a street corner (no, not like that) in "Laggies."

Gone Girl

Laggies shows you Keira Knightley like you haven’t seen her before.
KRISTIAN LIN
I like the new Keira Knightley. She’s so much more fun than the old one. The old one never would have played the sort of person who sees a giant Buddha statue in an Asian restaurant and twists the statue’s nipples while mak...


Michael Keaton is haunted by the character he created in Birdman.

Fly Away

Michael Keaton returns, and Birdman soars into the sky.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember the conversation in Neighbors this past summer, when Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s characters argued about whether Michael Keaton or Christian Bale was the better Batman? It was telling — Rogen’s character is old en...