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"The Peanuts Movie": The view from Snoopy's doghouse has never looked like this.

Buy Me Some Peanuts

Charlie Brown and his gang return to the big screen in fine style.
Kristian Lin
When it was first announced that Peanuts would be turned into a 3D movie, many of my fellow Peanuts fans were afraid that the resulting film would turn the beloved comic strip into some garish contemporary bastardization of Cha...


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Burnt Down for What

Bradley Cooper deserves better service from this chef drama.
Kristian Lin
Most movies about chefs portray their subjects as divinely inspired (if occasionally temperamental) artisans who live to dazzle us with their culinary creations. Ah, but we know better, don’t we? Reality TV shows and chef mem...



Truth

Poke in the Eye

Truth is a numbing look into a journalism scandal.
Kristian Lin
You may recall that 16 years ago, Michael Mann made a laudable, well-acted, detail-oriented journalism movie called The Insider that cast CBS News as the villain. Truth aims to repeat the trick, and its depiction of the Eye has...


Michael Fassbender outlines his vision for the future as Steve Jobs.

Shiny Apple

Steve Jobs comes back in this wordy, wildly entertaining biopic.
Kristian Lin
“Artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands!” That might just be the most Aaron Sorkin thing that anybody has ever said in an Aaron Sorkin drama. (I think Mao Tse-tung would have approved of the sentiment, too.) Just wh...



Asian-Films

Popcorn and Pancit

China and the Philippines move in on the screens at AMC Grapevine Mills.
Kristian Lin
The food isn’t the only thing new going on at AMC Grapevine Mills (see: Eats review, pg. 24). The Asian movies have been new as well. The Grapevine theater is one of 30 AMC theaters nationwide that participates in the chain...


Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain preside over a dark realm in "Crimson Peak."

Bonus Film Review: Crimson Peak

Kristian Lin
Ever since I heard about the existence of Crimson Peak, I’ve been holding my breath waiting for it. The draw of a horror movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro would have been enough to interest me, but I have a special affecti...



Bridge-of-Spies

Prisoners’ Dilemmas

Spielberg and the Coens team up for the big, underwhelming Bridge of Spies.
Kristian Lin
Steven Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies from a script that was co-written by the Coen brothers. Not so long ago, these filmmakers seemed to be diametrical opposites: Spielberg was the representative of Hollywood’s old guard...


Time-Out-of-Mind

Street Life

Despite its miscasting, Time Out of Mind is a rare successful movie about the homeless.
Kristian Lin
Richard Gere shouldn’t play a homeless person. Let’s just say that off the bat. He gives it a good try in Time Out of Mind, which oddly enough opens only in Burleson this weekend. He grows out his hair and several days’ w...



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A Girl Stands Up

Malala Yousafzai gets a turn in the spotlight in this documentary.
Kristian Lin
We all know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun girl from northeastern Pakistan who was shot in the head three years ago this week by the Taliban for defying their ban on girls going to school. She recovered to advocate ...


Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon eyeball a potential new property in 99 Homes.

Off Keys

A promising director derails with the housing-crisis thriller 99 Homes.
Kristian Lin
I liked Ramin Bahrani’s movies much better when they weren’t about white people. The 40-year-old North Carolina native of Iranian descent began his career making terrific micro-budget movies about immigrants in America, whe...