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Maggie opens Friday

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Maggie (PG-13) Just when you thought every kind of zombie movie had already been made, here’s a zombie weeper! Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a farmer in Middle America who takes his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin...


Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth go airborne in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Rebuilding the Shield

The Avengers evolve by necessity in this bigger, shakier sequel.
Kristian Lin
Three years ago this week, The Avengers opened. Ultimately, it would become the third-biggest box office hit in movie history. Part of its success came from the novelty value of having so many superheroes who had carried their ...



Bill McAdams Jr. stares down the barrel of a gun in "Gallows Road."

Getting the Hang

North Texas filmmaker Bill McAdams Jr. keeps the faith.
Kristian Lin
I catch Bill McAdams Jr. during a whirlwind week. He was in Dallas on April 22 for the premiere of Gallows Road, the drama that he directed and co-stars in, which played on opening night of the USA Film Festival. However, when ...


Man From Reno opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Man From Reno (NR) Ayako Fujitani stars as a Japanese mystery novelist who becomes entangled in a real-life mystery in Northern California. Also with Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuyo Shiba, Hiroshi Watanabe, Tetsuo K...



A mysterious Skype user harasses Shelley Henig (left), Moses Storm (second from left), and others in Unfriended.

End-of-Spring Roundup

Before the summer blockbusters arrive, here’s a look at some smaller movies.
Kristian Lin
Only two movies are opening in wide release this week, and neither of them screened in time for our deadlines. Ex Machina is expanding to theaters in Tarrant County this Friday, and it’s your best bet for entertainment. Since...


The Road Within

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening  The Road Within (R) Robert Sheehan stars as a young Tourette’s syndrome patient who escapes from a clinic so he can scatter his recently deceased mother’s ashes. Also with Dev Patel, Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick, ...



Child 44 opens Friday

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Child 44 (R) Tom Hardy stars in this thriller adapted from Tom Rob Smith’s novel about a Soviet military intelligence officer in 1953 who finds evidence of a serial killer murdering children across the countryside. Al...


Alicia Vikander ponders the faces of the prototypes before her in Ex Machina.

A Doll’s House

A directing debut descends into the uncanny valley in Ex Machina.
Kristian Lin
Alex Garland’s first movie as a director is Ex Machina, but he has been around the film business a long time. After his novel The Beach was adapted to the screen by Danny Boyle in 2000, the British writer collaborated more cl...



Jonah Hill and James Franco have a heart-to-heart in county jail in True Story.

Lie to Me

Comedy stars go serious to good effect in the crime thriller True Story.
Kristian Lin
You may be surprised to learn that True Story is only the second serious collaboration between James Franco and Jonah Hill, two actors who have spent much of their time making raunchy comedies for Judd Apatow and his stable of ...


Naomi Watts is the only grown-up at baby class without a baby in While We’re Young.

Hipster Replacement

Tonight let’s get some and see While We’re Young.
Kristian Lin
I’m so glad Noah Baumbach has lightened up. He spent the back half of the 2000s making a trio of dramedies — The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg — whose closely observed character studies of loat...