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Captain-America

Collateral Damages

The Avengers disassemble in their best movie yet, Captain America: Civil War.
Kristian Lin
The hype over Captain America: Civil War has been washing over us from the fan conventions and the parts of Europe where the movie has already opened. People who snagged an early look at this superhero flick are saying that itâ...


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Chinese Ghost Story

Andrew Lloyd Webber couldn’t save the failed Phantom of the Theatre.
Kristian Lin
By now I’ve seen horror films worth taking seriously from many different corners of eastern Asia, but mainland China is a notable exception. It’s not for lack of trying, either. Chinese movies are full of ghosts and witches...



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Boys in the Band

Sing Street: For anyone who loves music, Ireland, or the 1980s.
Kristian Lin
It’s official: John Carney is making the best movie musicals anywhere in the world. The Irishman burst onto the scene with his Oscar-winning 2007 debut Once and his 2014 American follow-up Begin Again. His autobiographical la...


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The End of the Tour

Punk rockers battle neo-Nazis in the harrowing Green Room.
Kristian Lin
Jeremy Saulnier’s superb low-budget revenge thriller Blue Ruin made my list of 2014’s best films, but its scant distribution kept mass audiences from seeing it. His follow-up Green Room is opening on many more screens this ...



Zoey Deutch and Blake Jenner adjust to college life in Everybody Wants Some!!

Before the Semester

Richard Linklater scores again with the charming Everybody Wants Some!!
Kristian Lin
Now that Boyhood finally made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acknowledge that Richard Linklater exists, the filmmaker is back to his old familiar grounds with yet another largely plotless ensemble comedy abou...


Tom Hanks dresses for business and not the weather in "A Hologram for the King."

Mirage

A Hologram for the King is a tourism ad for a repressive dictatorship.
Kristian Lin
An inoffensive movie unless you think about it, A Hologram for the King begins with Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) on a flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A former Schwinn bicycle executive who lost most of his money to the 2008 recession ...



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Drive by Night

Jeff Nichols runs aground in the superhero-on-the-lam tale Midnight Special.
Kristian Lin
If you were one of the hate-watchers who left Batman vs. Superman worn out and frustrated, maybe what you need is a lo-fi superhero flick like Midnight Special. This low-budget film, which opened in a couple of Tarrant County t...


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Nature Boy

The Jungle Book gets the live-action remake treatment from Disney.
Kristian Lin
When they’re not busy trawling through Marvel Comics’ back catalog, Disney is busy raiding their own animation back catalog for stories to remake. They’ve already made live-action versions of Alice in Wonderland and Cinde...



Jake Gyllenhaal will dig a great big hole in the ground in Demolition.

Smash-Up

A weak bereavement story becomes a weird, funny comedy in Demolition.
Kristian Lin
In recent years we’ve seen great flowerings of filmmaking from countries as far-flung as Iran, Mexico, South Korea, and Romania. The foreign scene that appears to be hottest right now is Quebec. It makes sense, doesn’t it? ...


Amber Heard tickles the ivories for "One More Time."

Heard that Song

Father-daughter issues play out musically in One More Time.
Kristian Lin
Amber Heard recently complained about her supermodel good looks getting her typecast in eye-candy roles in lowbrow slasher flicks and action thrillers. Maybe, but it might have helped her cause if she hadn’t given terrible pe...