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Turn the Page(s)

In making Dallas Buyers Club, filmmakers mined UNT Libraries’ archives.
COLE WILLIAMS
Librarians and Hollywood types don’t tend to intermingle. One group focuses on details and research, and the other exists primarily to stretch the truth, even in movies based on real people or events. But these two worlds mes...


Bad Words opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bad Words (R) Jason Bateman stars in his own directorial debut as a 40-year-old man who takes advantage of a loophole in the rules to compete in a national spelling bee for middle-school kids. Also with Kathryn Hahn, R...



Surrounded by pastry boxes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan fall in love at The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Absolute Zero

Wes Anderson finds new depths and shades in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
KRISTIAN LIN
“You see, there are still small glimmers of civilization amid this barbaric slaughterhouse that we know as humanity, and I like to think that we provide in some small way a measure of — oh, fuck it.” For me, that line enc...


Gonzo, Fozzie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, and Scooter kick up their heels for a sequel in Muppets Most Wanted.

Follow That Frog

Twice the Kermit equals half the fun in this Muppets sequel.
KRISTIAN LIN
It was great to have the Muppets back on the big screen three years ago, but now the novelty has worn off, so where does the series go from here? Sadly, instead of coming up with an answer, the sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, show...



The Grand Budapest Hotel opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Wes Anderson’s latest film stars Ralph Fiennes as a legendary concierge at a European resort hotel shortly before the onset of World War II. Also with Tony Revolori, Edward Norton, Jason ...


Aaron Paul focuses behind the wheel in Need for Speed.

Chasing Cars

Between Fast & Furious movies, Need for Speed will tide you over adequately.
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, this one’s easy. Disney is looking for its own car-chase movie to rival The Fast & The Furious while that series is on a break. Electronic Arts is looking for a movie version of their best-selling video game series an...



With mannequins in the background, Tim Jenison preps his life-size replica of Vermeer's "The Music Lesson" in Tim's Vermeer.

Beautiful Obsession

A Texas inventor paints like a Dutch master in the absorbing Tim’s Vermeer.
KRISTIAN LIN
The enthralling documentary Tim’s Vermeer made a big splash when it opened last year’s Lone Star Film Festival, and this weekend it comes to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where it will surely find an appreciative aud...


The Bag Man opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Bag Man (R) John Cusack stars in this thriller as a gangster who’s summoned to a remote motel by a crime lord (Robert De Niro) and instructed to wait. Also with Rebecca Da Costa, Dominic Purcell, Sticky Fingaz, M...



Eva Green has two swords and an army of Persians at her back in 300: Rise of an Empire.

300 and Two

Eva Green aside, this sequel is pretty much 300 on boats.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood loves to throw up sequels to successful movies, and some of them do better than others when it comes to standing on their own. Right now, I’m struggling to recall a sequel that’s more heavily haunted by its predec...


Rome

There’s No Place Like Rome

After its Oscar win, The Great Beauty comes out again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty picked up an Oscar last week for the Best Foreign Film, so its distributors are re-releasing it after it enjoyed a brief run last December (in North Texas, it screened only in Dallas). Now ...