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Leonardo DiCaprio wanders the West looking for revenge in The Revenant.

Unbreakable Glass

The Revenant looks awesome, but looks can be deceiving.
Kristian Lin
Look, I get why people are losing their minds over The Revenant. It looks amazing and has much else to recommend it besides. Still, it’s a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who hasn’t been content merely to tell a st...


Samuel L. Jackson is one of many unsavory characters in "The Hateful Eight."

Despicable We

Quentin Tarantino marks time in his devilish Western The Hateful Eight.
Kristian Lin
The first thing you’ll see in The Hateful Eight is an overture. It’s a title card shown over several minutes’ worth of mood-setting music by spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone. A holdover from opera and ballet, ov...



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The Top 10

A feminine tinge comes to our best movies of 2015.
Kristian Lin
This year’s movies brought us Life, Love, Youth, and Joy, as well as a bunch of films about women that wound up dominating this list. I didn’t set out to do that. It just happened. Hollywood makes most of its movies about m...


Joy to the world! Jennifer Lawrence celebrates the holiday under fake snow.

Christmas Movie Roundup

Reviews of Joy, The Big Short, and The Danish Girl.
Kristian Lin
As is the case most Christmases, this week has tons of movies dropping into the multiplexes for the holiday, so I’m publishing a guide to the most notable ones. You cannot ever relax around Jennifer Lawrence. She’s always b...



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Show of Force

The Star Wars series returns much better, thanks to a new director.
Kristian Lin
I think I’ve been resisting the Star Wars hype pretty well. While people around me have been holding their breath for the better part of a year waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my anticipation was cooled considerably...


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Fair Is Foul

Michael Fassbender mopes his way through the interesting failure Macbeth.
Kristian Lin
Some otherwise rational people think that there’s a curse over Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and one piece of evidence they have is that so many great actors have suffered critical and financial failure playing the Scottish usurpe...



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Here Come the Hardys

A British actor gets a double showcase in the otherwise dreary Legend.
Kristian Lin
You can see the reasoning behind Legend. In casting Tom Hardy as the identical twin brothers who ran London’s organized crime scene in the 1960s, writer-director Brian Helgeland must have felt like the movie was going to make...


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Career Move

Jeremy Lanning aims to film his noir thriller in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
Jeremy Lanning always knew he was going to join the military. “It felt like something I was supposed to do,” said the 41-year-old Fort Worthian. “And nothing interested me more than the helping professions. I wanted to wo...



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This My City

Chi-Raq: Make love, not … actually, don’t make love either.
Kristian Lin
Satire has been an element of Spike Lee’s filmmaking since the beginning. Caricatures, heightened reality, and subversive jokes aimed at all manner of targets have popped up all through his early films like She’s Gotta Have...


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Shadow Writer

The cast enlivens the otherwise flat Hollywood biopic Trumbo.
Kristian Lin
Dalton Trumbo was, to use an overexposed word, a hero. His life may never have been in grave peril, but after the Oscar-winning screenwriter was blacklisted from Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee, he conti...