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Cake opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cake (R) Jennifer Aniston stars in this drama as a disfigured woman who becomes obsessed with the suicide of one of the other patients in her chronic-pain support group. Also with Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza, Mami...


Life in the Israeli army has Dana Ivgy considering suicide by staple gun in Zero Motivation.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies — some brilliant, some not — from 2014.
KRISTIAN LIN
Just like last January, I find myself having watched a bunch of movies from the previous 12 months that I found intriguing but didn’t have a chance to write about in these pages. Since I didn’t get a chance to review any of...



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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blackhat (R) Chris Hemsworth stars in Michael Mann’s thriller as a convicted hacker who’s released from prison to help catch a cyber-terrorist. Also with Viola Davis, Tang Wei, William Mapother, John Ortiz, Wang Le...


Steve Carell holds forth on the importance of coaches as American leaders in Foxcatcher.

Takedown

Foxcatcher grapples with American manhood and a true-life crime.
KRISTIAN LIN
After billionaire wrestling benefactor John du Pont was arrested in 1989 for murdering coach and former Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, the police announced that du Pont would be given a mental evaluation. In his Tonight Sh...



Bradley Cooper takes aim in "American Sniper."

Firing Blind

The truth is kept offscreen in American Sniper.
KRISTIAN LIN
It has become a depressingly familiar ritual during awards season: movies based on real-life events being picked apart by professional trolls and op-ed writers. With the prestige pictures comes the carping. The Imitation Game d...


Predestination opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Predestination (R) Ethan Hawke stars in this thriller as a time-traveling cop trying to catch the one criminal who has eluded him throughout time. Also with Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Cate Wolfe, and Alexis Fernandez. M...



Black lives matter: David Oyelowo (back row, center) leads a nonviolent protest in Selma.

Infinite Hope

Selma: Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King.
KRISTIAN LIN
I always write with one eye on how history will judge the movies I’m writing about. From that standpoint, I have a sneaking suspicion that Selma will look a bit square and conventional in 20 years. Right now, though, coming a...


Joaquin Phoenix is flabbergasted by the complexity of his newest case in "Inherent Vice."

Pot P.I.

A marijuana haze enshrouds the conspiracy plot in Inherent Vice.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s a great matchup of movie director and book. Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel Inherent Vice features the reclusive postmodern giant at his wackiest and most engaging. It’s a terrific subject for Paul Thomas Anderson, the...



Foxcatcher now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  National Gallery (NR) Frederick Wiseman (High School) directs this documentary about the inner workings of one of London’s great art museums. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (PG-13) He...


Chris Evans makes his way to the front of the train in Snowpiercer.

Top 10 Movies of 2014

The year’s best films are English-only, and they’re not the ones you might think.
KRISTIAN LIN
I didn’t put any foreign-language films in my list of the year’s best movies. How the hell did that happen? Did the entire non-Anglophone world just have an off year? Did I watch all the wrong foreign movies? Or is this jus...