Film Reviews
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...


Vince

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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...


Ain’t that a hole in the boat? Robert Redford tries to keep his head above water in All Is Lost.

I Will Survive

An old man and a young girl struggle for life in All Is Lost and How I Live Now.
KRISTIAN LIN
Richard Curtis’ time-travel comedy About Time expands to Fort Worth this week (see Film Shorts), and it exhorts us to live each day as if it’s our last. Well, two other movies come to us this week, too, and they give a big ...



Keanu Reeves makes his directing debut.

Tiger Burning Bright

A new star, an old discipline, and Keanu Reeves come together in Man of Tai Chi.
KRISTIAN LIN
When you think of t’ai chi, you probably think of old Chinese people in a park making slow, sweeping, graceful movements with their arms. (Maybe this image comes to mind even if you’re of Chinese descent, like me.) In Man o...


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Turkey Time

The animated comedy Free Birds is a real tur … oh, I can’t say it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even with the advent of computers, it takes so much effort by so many people to make an animated film. That’s why even substandard animated films tend to at least have focused stories. That’s not the case with the comedy Fr...