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Larry Stanley Returns Home

A Fort Worth filmmaker tries to balance faith and fun.
KRISTIAN LIN
Larry Stanley is an avowed Christian whose religion informs his filmmaking, but he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a Christian filmmaker. “I don’t want to be backed into a corner,” said the Fort Worth resident who tur...


Amy Acker (under counter) hides from her friends’ conversation about her love life in Much Ado About Nothing.

Malibu Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing: the best romantic comedy of 2013 (and 1598).
KRISTIAN LIN
The story instantly passed into legend among both comic book geeks and theater geeks: After wrapping shooting on The Avengers in 2011, Joss Whedon was supposed to go on a two-week vacation in Italy with his family. Instead, wit...



“I want to lead a country one day, for all I know.” Emma Watson holds court in The Bling Ring.

Louboutins

Meet the world’s shallowest girls in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t give a crap about women’s shoes, yet there is a shot of Paris Hilton’s shoe closet, about halfway through The Bling Ring, that made me go slack-jawed. This is what a vastly talented filmmaker like Sofia Coppola ca...


Sulley and Mike face off in front of a frat house (and an appreciative monster audience) in Monsters University.

Learn From the Monsters

Pixar is back in force with this prequel to Monsters, Inc.
KRISTIAN LIN
Early in Pixar’s latest movie, Monsters University, Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) steps onto the campus of his college for the first time as a student and takes a deep breath. It’s a simple moment, and it’s done...



Henry Cavill presents himself to the United States military in Man of Steel.

Man and Superman

Man of Steel makes the superhero’s story weird (and that’s good).
KRISTIAN LIN
The first time we get a good look at Superman in Man of Steel, he’s a bearded dude (Henry Cavill) in a rain slicker working on a commercial fishing vessel, doing his best to hide his identity until a group of oil rig workers ...


Brit Marling is geared up to live off the land in The East.

A Star in The East

Get to know Brit Marling with this tense political thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Arriving in local theaters this week, The East is not only as good a thriller as you’ll find right now but also the latest chapter in the incredible true story of Brit Marling. The cool, slender, sensual-lipped blonde had wal...



Where others see a default homepage, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn see an opportunity in The Internship.

Googly Oogly Oogly

Comedy stars try to get back with the times in The Internship.
KRISTIAN LIN
Cast your mind back to 2005 for a second, when MySpace was the internet’s hottest website, Desperate Housewives was the most exciting new show on TV, and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were on top of the comedy world. The two a...


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After Earth: Aftertaste

Will Smith and son Jaden explore a dangerous old planet in this slight but tolerable B-movie.
STEVE STEWARD
Remember when M. Night Shyamalan was a household, if lazily mispronounced, name? The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs made him and his signature twist endings a hot commodity. But a string of flops followed, from plants-will...



Fabrice Luchini critiques Emmanuelle Seigner and Ernst Umhauer’s kiss in In the House.

Ozon Layers

The French comic thriller In the House will leave your head spinning.
KRISTIAN LIN
For the last 15 years, François Ozon has been one of the world’s most fascinating filmmakers. On one hand, he makes airy, farcical, Almodóvar-on-a-sugar-high period fantasias like Potiche, Angel, and 8 Women. On the other, ...


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No Hangover Cure

The final chapter has few hangovers and fewer laughs.
STEVE STEWARD
Have you ever woken up with a hangover so monumental you swore never to drink again? I’m talking 80-proof sweats, a skull full of jackhammers, projectile vomiting, vertigo, and a long list of people you need to apologize to. ...