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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...


Anomalisa Re-opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Anomalisa (R) This stop-motion animated movie is remarkable, even if its depressive brilliance remains a closed book to you. David Thewlis portrays a British expat and corporate consultant who travels to Cincinnati in 2...



Jane Got a Gun opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Jane Got a Gun (R) Natalie Portman stars in this long-delayed Western as a woman trying to protect her husband (Noah Emmerich) from a vicious gang. Also with Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, and Ewan McGre...


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...



A panda and his long-lost dad meet in a noodle shop in "Kung Fu Panda 3."

Bears Repeating

A third helping of Kung Fu Panda retains most of its taste.
Kristian Lin
The previous installments of the Kung Fu Panda series came out in the summer, but Kung Fu Panda 3 is timed to Chinese New Year, which lands next week. This latest chapter does look considerably better next to the typical Januar...


Ip Man 3 opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Ip Man 3 (PG-13) Donnie Yen reprises his role as the kung fu master who tries to keep Hong Kong from being taken over by gangsters and crooked land developers. Also with Lynn Hung, Zhang Jin, Patrick Tam, Kent Cheng, Ka...



Young Dais (left) leads different street gangs against a common enemy in Tokyo Tribe.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies from 2015.
Kristian Lin
I watched even more movies this year (more than 300!) than usual, which afforded me more opportunities to see weird and wacky smaller films. This week, I’m doing my customary clearing of the decks by writing about those movie...


"Moonwalkers" opens Friday in Dallas

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Lamb (NR) Ross Partridge stars in his own adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel about a man who goes on a road trip with an unpopular 11-year-old girl (Oona Laurence) after his family disintegrates. Also with Jess Weixl...



Cate Blanchett pursues love in a homophobic time in Carol.

Women in Love

Carol is a breathtaking romance with roots in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
There’s a proud tradition of gay male film directors who make their best movies about women: George Cukor, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, François Ozon. (Xavier Dolan is next in line.) Todd Haynes belongs among ...


Michael and Lisa lie on a hotel bed during a brief encounter in Anomalisa.

Masked and Anomalous

The animated Anomalisa vividly illustrates a mid-life crisis.
Kristian Lin
It so happens that this week’s Film page features two movies that played at last November’s Lone Star Film Festival. Carol was the main attraction there, but the closing selection was Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated film ...