Film Reviews
Sandy Powell’s costumes for Carol were some of the year’s best.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
I’m joining the Oscar boycott this year. It’s partly out of sympathy with #OscarsSoWhite, but it’s mostly because I don’t think any of the major categories are going to be won by movies I care about. So I’d like to th...

Lin Yun receives her, uh, swimming orders in "The Mermaid."

Bonus Film Review: The Mermaid

Kristian Lin
Big movies tend to come out in the Far East around Chinese New Year, and the recent festivities included the likes of Kung Fu Panda 3. However, that movie and everything else got swamped by The Mermaid, an action-comedy that be...

A blood-spattered Anya Taylor-Joy looks to Hell for guidance in The Witch.


Oh, damn! The Witch is 2016’s first great horror movie.
Kristian Lin
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve just run across the first genuinely Satanic movie of my life. Lots of horror flicks traffic in mere demonic trappings and symbols and Latin phrases. The Witch, however, truly feels like it was touch...

Kiefer Sutherland makes an entrance in Forsaken.

Not-So-Young Guns

The Western Forsaken will be mostly forgotten.
Kristian Lin
Somewhat illogically, I think that Forsaken would have been better if it had been made 25 years ago with the same cast of actors. It certainly would have gotten more exposure. Set in 1872, this low-budget Western stars Kiefer S...

Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose after killing a bunch of bad guys in Deadpool.

Meta Man

A superhero mask conceals a foul mouth in the hilarious Deadpool.
Kristian Lin
With Deadpool, the Marvel Comics movies definitively burst into their decadent phase. Other superhero films (including some of Marvel’s) have riffed comically about the absurdities of stories and movies involving superheroes,...

Charlotte Rampling tries to make sense of her married life in "45 Years."

Happy Returns

Andrew Haigh maps out a scene from a marriage in 45 Years.
Kristian Lin
At first, it was all good for 45 Years. After winning the Silver Bear (runner-up) prize at the prestigious Berlinale last year, this British drama debuted in American theaters to widespread acclaim, made many critics’ lists o...

Channing Tatum and fellow sailors dance in "Hail, Caesar!"

Bonus Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

Kristian Lin
Over the weekend, I watched the Super Bowl and got caught up on this week’s movies, and I got far more entertainment value from the latter. This came especially from Hail, Caesar!, which was good enough to make me think o...

Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer fall hard in The Choice.

Pick Again

The Choice you make seeing this weeper is a bad one.
Kristian Lin
I like Teresa Palmer. The athletic blonde Australian, who turns 30 this month, is equally at home in comedies like Take Me Home Tonight or action thrillers like I Am Number Four or the recent Point Break remake, and she can put...

The 1973 Cotton Bowl halftime show is among the artifacts held by Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

Lone Star Images

Preserving Texas history on film and video is TAMI’s work.
Kristian Lin
Caroline Frick started the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in her tiny apartment in Austin in 2002. “It was a surreal, bootstrap kind of thing,” she remembered. “I had two kittens at the time, and cats love to treat fil...

John Magaro hangs on for dear life amid choppy waters in The Finest Hours.

Heavy Seas

A real-life rescue at sea gets the Disney treatment in The Finest Hours.
Kristian Lin
Don’t confuse The Finest Hours with These Final Hours. The latter is an Australian movie about the apocalypse that I reviewed last spring. The former is the Hollywood movie about a real-life rescue at sea that opens this week...