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In making Dallas Buyers Club, filmmakers mined UNT Libraries’ archives.
COLE WILLIAMS
Librarians and Hollywood types don’t tend to intermingle. One group focuses on details and research, and the other exists primarily to stretch the truth, even in movies based on real people or events. But these two worlds mes...


Surrounded by pastry boxes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan fall in love at The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Absolute Zero

Wes Anderson finds new depths and shades in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
KRISTIAN LIN
“You see, there are still small glimmers of civilization amid this barbaric slaughterhouse that we know as humanity, and I like to think that we provide in some small way a measure of — oh, fuck it.” For me, that line enc...



Gonzo, Fozzie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, and Scooter kick up their heels for a sequel in Muppets Most Wanted.

Follow That Frog

Twice the Kermit equals half the fun in this Muppets sequel.
KRISTIAN LIN
It was great to have the Muppets back on the big screen three years ago, but now the novelty has worn off, so where does the series go from here? Sadly, instead of coming up with an answer, the sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, show...


Aaron Paul focuses behind the wheel in Need for Speed.

Chasing Cars

Between Fast & Furious movies, Need for Speed will tide you over adequately.
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, this one’s easy. Disney is looking for its own car-chase movie to rival The Fast & The Furious while that series is on a break. Electronic Arts is looking for a movie version of their best-selling video game series an...



With mannequins in the background, Tim Jenison preps his life-size replica of Vermeer's "The Music Lesson" in Tim's Vermeer.

Beautiful Obsession

A Texas inventor paints like a Dutch master in the absorbing Tim’s Vermeer.
KRISTIAN LIN
The enthralling documentary Tim’s Vermeer made a big splash when it opened last year’s Lone Star Film Festival, and this weekend it comes to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where it will surely find an appreciative aud...


Eva Green has two swords and an army of Persians at her back in 300: Rise of an Empire.

300 and Two

Eva Green aside, this sequel is pretty much 300 on boats.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood loves to throw up sequels to successful movies, and some of them do better than others when it comes to standing on their own. Right now, I’m struggling to recall a sequel that’s more heavily haunted by its predec...



Rome

There’s No Place Like Rome

After its Oscar win, The Great Beauty comes out again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty picked up an Oscar last week for the Best Foreign Film, so its distributors are re-releasing it after it enjoyed a brief run last December (in North Texas, it screened only in Dallas). Now ...


Young Jiro Horikoshi holds an imaginary conversation with an Italian aviation pioneer in The Wind Rises.

Jiro Dreams of Aircraft

Oscar-nominated and ethically complicated, The Wind Rises lifts you up.
KRISTIAN LIN
I never took Hayao Miyazaki seriously when he claimed that The Wind Rises would be his last movie. It seems that the now-73-year-old director has a habit of announcing his retirement and then going back on it, and he has done t...



Anton Yelchin tries to get rid of a package that someone else left at his apartment in Odd Thomas.

Odd One Out

The less you know about Odd Thomas going in, the better.
KRISTIAN LIN
Probably the best way to see Odd Thomas is the way I saw it. I went in cold, not knowing anything about the story or the cast or even about the highly regarded Dean Koontz novel that it’s based on. I wound up being happily su...


Catherine Martin’s duds for The Great Gatsby are in the running for the Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o. You won’t go too far wrong if you pick those people to win the Academy Awards for acting. You’ll also have lots of company — although there’s an outside...