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Unknown Artist

A treasure trove of photos kicks off the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
KRISTIAN LIN
This story began in winter 2007, when real estate agent John Maloof, a habitué of flea markets and storage auctions, bought a box of photo negatives hoping to find something he could use in a history volume he was planning to ...


Scarlett Johansson strips down for her latest victim in Under the Skin.

Study in Scarlett

Under the Skin takes a cold-eyed view of its star’s hotness.
KRISTIAN LIN
Scarlett Johansson is naked in Under the Skin. Remarkably, she’s never done that before in a movie. Yet there’s more to it than that, as there usually is with her. Sex appeal has been a central part of Johansson’s stardom...



Jonas Armstrong wears a Nazi uniform to save Jews in Walking With the Enemy.

Smart Elek

Walking With the Enemy tells the story of a Hungarian resistance hero.
KRISTIAN LIN
As the Nazi reign of terror swept across Europe, many people in various walks of life found ways of standing against it and making a difference. One such was Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, the Hungarian resistance hero who saved the ...


Johnny Depp (on monitors) welcomes Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall to his afterlife in Transcendence.

Logging Off

After seeing this humorless bore, I don’t believe in Transcendence.
KRISTIAN LIN
Great news if you were looking for an extended, unfunny parody of Christopher Nolan’s movies, because Transcendence is out this week. This good-looking, arid, windy bore is fully convinced that it is a Nolan film, with its bi...



Sky (middle) and her cubs forage for clams on a beach in Bears.

Bears Looking Into

Disney’s latest nature documentary favors furry fun over facts.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you have small children, by now you probably know the drill with these new Disneynature documentaries: lots of breathtaking photography and nothing that the little ones will find too upsetting. Bears was my first direct expe...


Denis Leary and Kevin Costner have a tense discussion in the Cleveland Browns’ front office on Draft Day.

No. 1 Pick

The Cleveland Browns finally win something in the dazzling Draft Day.
KRISTIAN LIN
I heard other people pitching Draft Day as the NFL version of Moneyball. Certainly this movie is going for the same thing as Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated baseball film, to squeeze gripping drama out of the world of sports...



Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman go at each other with curved blades in a restaurant kitchen in The Raid 2.

Power Raid

This sequel to the Indonesian martial-arts gem is even bigger and badder.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed The Raid: Redemption two years ago, I asked, “When was the last time you saw a badass Indonesian film?” Many people chose that martial-arts film as their maiden experience, and so we have the sequel The Raid...


Russell Crowe plays Noah as a B.C. eco-terrorist.

Noah: Biblical Match Maker

There’s a lot to like, especially the creative license, in Darren Aronofsky’s epic.
STEVE STEWARD
Has Darren Aronofsky long held a desire to make a Lord of the Rings movie? Because Noah bears a lot of stylistic similarities to Peter Jackson’s trilogy of fantasy adaptations. For one thing, Noah’s world mirrors the one fr...



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Blazing a Trail

Actor Jasmin Jandreau goes from Hurst to Europe in a few short years.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jasmin Jandreau was born in Los Angeles, but, she said, she’s definitely a “Texas girl.” Indeed, the actor grew up in Richardson and graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. She made it back to L.A., but in the last...


Shailene Woodley is welcomed into her new faction in Divergent.

Born This Way

The latest YA sci-fi best seller is a hit movie, but is it good?
KRISTIAN LIN
I think the ideal time to see Divergent is when you’re a teenager. This dystopian science-fiction saga based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel is all about teens sorting themselves out. Literally, the future society the...