Film Reviews
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper are dressed for a con game in American Hustle.

Hustle and Russell

Just try to keep the lies straight in the wild caper flick American Hustle.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some caper films are sleek humming machines, but American Hustle is by David O. Russell, which means that it lurches and veers and speeds recklessly through hairpin turns. He used to go years between projects, but the resurgent...


Cate Blanchett relaxes in the Hamptons with Alec Baldwin during happier times in Blue Jasmine.

Carte Blanchett

The lead actress eats up everything else in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
KRISTIAN LIN
Cate Blanchett is generally regarded as one of the great actresses of our time, and yet her actual track record is curiously spotty. She earned her stardom with a world-beating performance in 1998’s Elizabeth, gleefully threw...



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Let’s Stryng Along

Two North Texas filmmakers show their short film at Cannes.
KRISTIAN LIN
They make an interesting study in contrasts, the short-haired, clean shaven, jocular Geoff McGee and the long-haired, bearded, studious Derek Presley. Still, these Dallas natives share an easy friendship full of jokes, shared r...


Frozen

Ice Castle

Sisters do it for themselves in Disney’s dazzling Frozen.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last August we had The Snow Queen, a Russian film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. Frozen is based on the same story, but it’s both the best animated movie of the year and the best musical. The heroine is Anna (voi...



Choi Seung-hyun awaits word on his next assignment as a North Korean spy in Commitment.

Red Dead Redemption

Commitment: Is this Korean movie the year’s best spy thriller?
KRISTIAN LIN
AMC Grapevine Mills has been running Korean films on a semi-regular basis for a while now, but Commitment, which starts there on Friday, is the first one that I’ve been able to review ahead of its opening. Though the Korean f...


FILM

Bright Black Screens

African-Americans dominate this holiday weekend: Oldboy and Black Nativity.
KRISTIAN LIN
Black filmmakers have grabbed center stage this year, and the heartening thing is, they’ve mostly been new blood. Steve McQueen reached a broad American audience with his third feature 12 Years a Slave, Ryan Coogler made a br...



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Vince Vaughn reveals a new comedy act in Delivery Man.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ken Scott’s French-language comedy Starbuck shattered box office records in its native Canada last year, so it seemed inevitable that an English-language remake from Canada’s neighbors to the south would not be far behind. ...


Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence flank Elizabeth Banks and say goodbye to District 12 in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Tournament of Champions

The Hunger Games go into sudden-death overtime in the sequel, Catching Fire.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes the fans have it exactly right. They turned out for the movie version of The Hunger Games last year, and while they generally approved of it, it wasn’t without reservations. The sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fi...



Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, and Terrence Howard make like New Edition in The Best Man Holiday.

Party Like It’s 1999

The Best Man Holiday catches up with its characters 14 years later.
KRISTIAN LIN
Malcolm D. Lee’s comedy The Best Man was only a modest hit when it came out in 1999, but it was the best-known of a surge of movies from that time about African-Americans leading ordinary middle-class lives, when previous fil...


Matthew McConaughey hawks life-saving unapproved drugs in Dallas Buyers Club.

Drugstore Cowboy

Great acting distinguishes the powerful AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you know only one thing about Dallas Buyers Club, it’s probably that Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds to play an AIDS patient. That’s true, but there’s a great deal more to both this film and his work than that. McCo...