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Kiefer Sutherland makes an entrance in Forsaken.

Not-So-Young Guns

The Western Forsaken will be mostly forgotten.
Kristian Lin
Somewhat illogically, I think that Forsaken would have been better if it had been made 25 years ago with the same cast of actors. It certainly would have gotten more exposure. Set in 1872, this low-budget Western stars Kiefer S...


Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose after killing a bunch of bad guys in Deadpool.

Meta Man

A superhero mask conceals a foul mouth in the hilarious Deadpool.
Kristian Lin
With Deadpool, the Marvel Comics movies definitively burst into their decadent phase. Other superhero films (including some of Marvel’s) have riffed comically about the absurdities of stories and movies involving superheroes,...



Charlotte Rampling tries to make sense of her married life in "45 Years."

Happy Returns

Andrew Haigh maps out a scene from a marriage in 45 Years.
Kristian Lin
At first, it was all good for 45 Years. After winning the Silver Bear (runner-up) prize at the prestigious Berlinale last year, this British drama debuted in American theaters to widespread acclaim, made many critics’ lists o...


Channing Tatum and fellow sailors dance in "Hail, Caesar!"

Bonus Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

Kristian Lin
Over the weekend, I watched the Super Bowl and got caught up on this week’s movies, and I got far more entertainment value from the latter. This came especially from Hail, Caesar!, which was good enough to make me think o...



Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer fall hard in The Choice.

Pick Again

The Choice you make seeing this weeper is a bad one.
Kristian Lin
I like Teresa Palmer. The athletic blonde Australian, who turns 30 this month, is equally at home in comedies like Take Me Home Tonight or action thrillers like I Am Number Four or the recent Point Break remake, and she can put...


The 1973 Cotton Bowl halftime show is among the artifacts held by Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

Lone Star Images

Preserving Texas history on film and video is TAMI’s work.
Kristian Lin
Caroline Frick started the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in her tiny apartment in Austin in 2002. “It was a surreal, bootstrap kind of thing,” she remembered. “I had two kittens at the time, and cats love to treat fil...



John Magaro hangs on for dear life amid choppy waters in The Finest Hours.

Heavy Seas

A real-life rescue at sea gets the Disney treatment in The Finest Hours.
Kristian Lin
Don’t confuse The Finest Hours with These Final Hours. The latter is an Australian movie about the apocalypse that I reviewed last spring. The former is the Hollywood movie about a real-life rescue at sea that opens this week...


A panda and his long-lost dad meet in a noodle shop in "Kung Fu Panda 3."

Bears Repeating

A third helping of Kung Fu Panda retains most of its taste.
Kristian Lin
The previous installments of the Kung Fu Panda series came out in the summer, but Kung Fu Panda 3 is timed to Chinese New Year, which lands next week. This latest chapter does look considerably better next to the typical Januar...



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 ...