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Young Dais (left) leads different street gangs against a common enemy in Tokyo Tribe.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies from 2015.
Kristian Lin
I watched even more movies this year (more than 300!) than usual, which afforded me more opportunities to see weird and wacky smaller films. This week, I’m doing my customary clearing of the decks by writing about those movie...


Cate Blanchett pursues love in a homophobic time in Carol.

Women in Love

Carol is a breathtaking romance with roots in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
There’s a proud tradition of gay male film directors who make their best movies about women: George Cukor, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, François Ozon. (Xavier Dolan is next in line.) Todd Haynes belongs among ...



Michael and Lisa lie on a hotel bed during a brief encounter in Anomalisa.

Masked and Anomalous

The animated Anomalisa vividly illustrates a mid-life crisis.
Kristian Lin
It so happens that this week’s Film page features two movies that played at last November’s Lone Star Film Festival. Carol was the main attraction there, but the closing selection was Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated film ...


Leonardo DiCaprio wanders the West looking for revenge in The Revenant.

Unbreakable Glass

The Revenant looks awesome, but looks can be deceiving.
Kristian Lin
Look, I get why people are losing their minds over The Revenant. It looks amazing and has much else to recommend it besides. Still, it’s a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who hasn’t been content merely to tell a st...



Samuel L. Jackson is one of many unsavory characters in "The Hateful Eight."

Despicable We

Quentin Tarantino marks time in his devilish Western The Hateful Eight.
Kristian Lin
The first thing you’ll see in The Hateful Eight is an overture. It’s a title card shown over several minutes’ worth of mood-setting music by spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone. A holdover from opera and ballet, ov...


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The Top 10

A feminine tinge comes to our best movies of 2015.
Kristian Lin
This year’s movies brought us Life, Love, Youth, and Joy, as well as a bunch of films about women that wound up dominating this list. I didn’t set out to do that. It just happened. Hollywood makes most of its movies about m...



Joy to the world! Jennifer Lawrence celebrates the holiday under fake snow.

Christmas Movie Roundup

Reviews of Joy, The Big Short, and The Danish Girl.
Kristian Lin
As is the case most Christmases, this week has tons of movies dropping into the multiplexes for the holiday, so I’m publishing a guide to the most notable ones. You cannot ever relax around Jennifer Lawrence. She’s always b...


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Show of Force

The Star Wars series returns much better, thanks to a new director.
Kristian Lin
I think I’ve been resisting the Star Wars hype pretty well. While people around me have been holding their breath for the better part of a year waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my anticipation was cooled considerably...



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Fair Is Foul

Michael Fassbender mopes his way through the interesting failure Macbeth.
Kristian Lin
Some otherwise rational people think that there’s a curse over Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and one piece of evidence they have is that so many great actors have suffered critical and financial failure playing the Scottish usurpe...


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Here Come the Hardys

A British actor gets a double showcase in the otherwise dreary Legend.
Kristian Lin
You can see the reasoning behind Legend. In casting Tom Hardy as the identical twin brothers who ran London’s organized crime scene in the 1960s, writer-director Brian Helgeland must have felt like the movie was going to make...