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"In Secret" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In Secret (R) Charlie Stratton’s adaptation of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin stars Elizabeth Olson as a 19th-century Frenchwoman who seeks to escape her loveless marriage through murder. Also with Oscar Isaac, Tom...


Catherine Martin’s duds for The Great Gatsby are in the running for the Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o. You won’t go too far wrong if you pick those people to win the Academy Awards for acting. You’ll also have lots of company — although there’s an outside...



Winter's Tale opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Winter’s Tale (PG-13) Adapted from Mark Helprin’s novel, this romance stars Colin Farrell as an Irish burglar who determines to use his powers of reincarnation to save the woman he loves (Jessica Brown Findlay). Al...


Zoey Deutch wields a silver stake in Vampire Academy.

Blood and Waters

Author Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy becomes a scattered, inept movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Late in the supernatural teen comedy Vampire Academy, one of the gossip girls at St. Vladimir’s (Sami Gayle) tries to start a fight with our heroine Rose (Zoey Deutch) at a school dance. After trying to walk away, Rose finall...



Joel Kinnaman has mixed emotions on his homecoming to Abbie Cornish in RoboCop.

RoboCop Cleans Up

Though based on the original, this reboot shines on its own.
COLE WILLIAMS
Can a movie comment on its own remake? It almost feels that way, as if the original RoboCop, with its satire of ’80s excesses and corporate B.S., saw itself, sometime down the road, being re-appropriated, repackaged, and reso...


The Attorney opens Friday in Grapevine.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Attorney (NR) Kind of like a Korean Erin Brockovich. Song Kang-ho stars in this courtroom drama about a real-life tax lawyer who stumbles onto evidence of corruption, police brutality, and torture by South Korea’...



The fellowship of the brick: Wyldstyle, Emmet, and Vitruvius take a ride in the Batjet in The Lego Movie.

Hit the Bricks

When The Lego Movie builds up laughs, everything is awesome.
KRISTIAN LIN
You’re right to be suspicious of a movie based on a set of wildly popular children’s toys, and yet The Lego Movie is far more than a cynical extension of the Danish brand that conquered the world. It’s an early front-runn...


George Clooney shows a slide of the Ghent Altarpiece to the president in The Monuments Men.

The Art of War

The canvas is too big for George Clooney’s The Monuments Men.
KRISTIAN LIN
The true story of how a team of artists and art historians fought to keep the Nazis from looting or destroying priceless works of art in the closing days of World War II makes for a compelling yarn in Robert M. Edsel’s book T...



Labor Day opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Labor Day (PG-13) Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel starring Kate Winslet as a depressed mother who takes in a wounded escaped convict (Josh Brolin). Also with Gattl...


Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson share a couch and a love of beer in Drinking Buddies.

Odds and Ends

Here’s a romp through 2013’s weird, wacky, misconceived, overlooked films.
KRISTIAN LIN
I spend every December catching up with films that I didn’t see in the theater, and every year I find interesting ones that never played in Tarrant County, thus denying me a chance to write about them in these pages. However,...