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Michael Cain’s New Start

A festival director becomes a movie director with an addiction documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
Longview native Michael Cain remembers the drive-in theater he used to go to when he was a boy, where he saw everything from The Sound of Music to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “I’d watch Bruce Lee movies there, and they int...


Tom Hanks tries to keep his cool during a hijacking at sea in Captain Phillips.

Hostage at Sea

Tom Hanks is an island of humanity in the impersonal Captain Phillips.
KRISTIAN LIN
Most Americans, if they know Somalia at all, know it as one of the world’s really bad places to be. The recent terrorist attack on a Kenyan mall by Somalis underscores the importance of attaining a better knowledge of this pa...



Gerda and Orm try to overcome mutual distrust to defeat the Snow Queen.

Freezing Reign

Snow Queen is an animated film from Russia! Yeah, that’s it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s something new for all you animation geeks out there. Outside of Hollywood, the countries of Japan and France have built rich traditions of animation. We rarely see an animated film from someplace other than those natio...


Sandra Bullock is stranded a long way from home in Gravity.

Just Breathe

Gravity is the greatest 3D movie ever made.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some filmmakers inspire feelings of mystical reverence. Their works are so consistently high in quality, so seamless, so strange, and so committed to seeing the world in a different way that they seem like otherworldly artifact...



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Not Too Late

At last, a romantic comedy for ordinary people! Enough Said.
KRISTIAN LIN
Amid all the publicity that Gravity is pulling in, let’s not lose track of Enough Said, which is expanding into local theaters this week. It’s easy to say that movies about middle-aged romance, especially ones from a female...


Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rub up against each other on the dance floor in Don Jon.

Porn Again

An actor enjoys his first time (writing and directing) in Don Jon.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the last week of September? For the third straight year (after last year’s Looper and 2011’s 50/50), the actor stars in a movie that opens on this particular weekend. Now comes Don ...



Chris Hemsworth hangs out with Formula One groupies while Daniel Brühl looks on in Rush.

Need for Speed

Drugs! Sex! Death! Cars! Rush grips the track and glues you to your seat.
KRISTIAN LIN
Many A-list Hollywood-trained directors from the 1980s and ’90s have fallen by the wayside; for every Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow, there’s a Rob Reiner or Penny Marshall. For a while, Ron Howard looked like he was g...


Who's on the sofa behind Rose Byrne in Insidious: Chapter 2?

Less Insidious, More Enjoyable

James Wan and Leigh Whannell whiff on scares but still make an entertaining fright flick.
STEVE STEWARD
Here’s what you need to know about Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to 2011’s critically appreciated haunted house/demonic possession thriller helmed by Saw-franchise mastermind James Wan: It’s barely scarier than an ’8...



Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow take an exercise break in Central Park in Thanks for Sharing.

Indie Film Roundup

A look at three smaller films landing in Tarrant County multiplexes this week.
KRISTIAN LIN
Once again, a crop of low-budget films finds its way into our multiplexes this week for our edification. You might well turn to these films for a respite after an exhausting summer filled with one blockbuster after another, but...


Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon hang out on the porch in Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

A Death in the Family

Billy Bob Thornton makes a shaky return to directing with Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 1996, when Sling Blade came out, not only had no one heard of Billy Bob Thornton, the whole concept of regional cinema hadn’t been developed yet. Independent filmmaking was still centered largely in New York, which me...