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Josh Brolin finds himself in an unenviable spot while trying to climb "Everest."

Bonus Film Reviews

Pawn Sacrifice, Everest, and Veteran reviewed.
Kristian Lin
My Film page this week was a casualty of the early deadlines facing our Best of Fort Worth issue. Usually at least one really good movie comes out during that week, and I like to bring my A game for that in an issue that lots o...


Johnny Depp ponders his next criminal misdeed in Black Mass.

Informers

Whitey Bulger’s story gets drowned in self-importance in Black Mass.
Kristian Lin
On some level, I can’t help but feel sorry for Black Mass. This movie gives off every sign of wanting to be very serious and important: the large canvas, the 2-hour-plus running time, the A-list cast, the cinematography by Ma...



Dylan O'Brien is prepared to immolate himself in "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials."

Scorch Marks

The Maze Runner sequel emerges flavorless, as you might expect.
Kristian Lin
I must admit I was a bit bewildered when I heard that last year’s The Maze Runner was getting a sequel. The dystopian YA film was a fair-sized hit, but I struggled to remember anything that happened in it. I’ve seen better ...


Greta Gerwig makes a grand, sweeping Times Square entrance in Mistress America.

Babbling Brooke

Greta Gerwig has trouble finishing in the boho satire Mistress America.
Kristian Lin
The press can’t resist a narrative, especially when it resembles a bad romantic comedy. Noah Baumbach spent the late 2000s gaining a small but devoted following by making a trio of finely wrought, keenly insightful, deeply un...



Robert Redford and Nick Nolte look out from the McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail in "A Walk in the Woods."

Mile After Mile

A nice comedy team alleviates the tedium of A Walk in the Woods.
Kristian Lin
After the success of the movie version of Wild, it seems inevitable that someone would make a film of A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, an account by journalist Bill Bryson of his attempt to h...


Bel Powley can’t wait to tell her bestie her secret in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Fifteen

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: “I had sex today. Holy shit!”
Kristian Lin
Theater actress Marielle Heller became obsessed when she read The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a 2002 illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner that drew heavily from the author’s own troubled adolescence. Heller took it upon herself...



Memories of the Sword
Starring Kim Go-eun, Lee Byung-hun, and Jeon Do-yeon. Directed by Park Heung-sik. Written by Park Heung-sik and Choi Ah-reum. Not rated.

The Hong-yi Games

The acting is better than the swordplay in Memories of the Sword.
Kristian Lin
The same week that The Diary of a Teenage Girl expands to Tarrant County (see above review), another teen movie hits our theaters. It’s called Memories of the Sword, and even though it’s somewhat derivative, this attractive...


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Lost in America

Jason Segel magically channels David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
Kristian Lin
You know Jason Segel as the adorable big cut-up from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets and especially TV’s How I Met Your Mother. In The End of the Tour, he is transformed significantly into the haunted, brilliant pos...



The heroes of "Summer Night" spend part of their evening at an arcade.

Send in the Cloud

A North Texas producer and her directing partner set their comedy free online.
Kristian Lin
In 2008, Shannon Cloud was 13 years old when her mother signed her up for Kamp Hollywood, a filmmaking and acting summer camp in Dallas. “Everybody else wanted to write and direct,” she remembered. “But I realized produci...


Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Henry Cavill enjoy a sunny afternoon in Rome in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Solo Effort

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. looks far out, man, but what is it for?
Kristian Lin
I’ll admit I’ve never seen the spoofy 1960s spy show on which The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based. The film version looks promising on paper. Director Guy Ritchie conjured up some freewheeling fun when he helmed the first Sher...