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Venus in Fur opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Venus in Fur (R) Roman Polanski directs this French-language adaptation of David Ives’ play about a theatrical director (Mathieu Amalric) who holds an audition for an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) who wants to star in...


Chris Evans and Ko Ah-sung ponder how to get to the front of the train in Snowpiercer.

Frozen Glory

Snowpiercer: an ice-cold science-fiction masterpiece.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Snowpiercer first hit American theaters two weeks ago, the critical consensus instantly jelled: “This is the year’s greatest science-fiction movie, and all of you who bought tickets to the Transformers sequel are idiot...



Olivia Wilde finds a lot of white roses in her hotel room in Third Person.

Stories He Tells

Our film critic detests Third Person and himself for watching it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Eight minutes. That’s how long it took. I suspected going into Third Person that I was going to hate it, so I decided to check my watch to see how long it took before I could feel the bile seeping in. It happened during a sce...


Third Person opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Third Person (R) The latest film by Paul Haggis (Crash) is a series of interlocking romantic stories set in Rome, Paris, and New York. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, Kim Basinger, Maria B...



Backed by session musicians and neighborhood kids, Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo prepare to record outdoors in Begin Again.

I Feel the Music in You

Keira Knightley sings her heartache out in Begin Again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 2007, Irish TV writer John Carney made his first film, a slender little romance called Once that was mostly intended to showcase his musician friends Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and their songs. He figured the mo...


Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon play a very reckless car game in Tammy.

What Makes Tammy Run?

Thoughts on Melissa McCarthy’s ongoing place in Hollywood.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m starting to worry about Melissa McCarthy. Her uproarious performance in Bridesmaids won her an Oscar nomination and vaulted her onto the A-list, but the characters she plays now are all more or less like the one she playe...



Gaby Hoffmann (standing) tries to cheer up a disconsolate Jenny Slate (in box) in Obvious Child.

What Not to Expect

Finding humor in a dicey topic, Obvious Child stakes out new territory.
KRISTIAN LIN
Maybe you’ve heard Obvious Child referred to as “the abortion comedy.” Its makers have — rightly — argued that their work is much more than that. Nevertheless, abortion is what distinguishes the film from everything e...


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Family History on Film

An SMU professor traces her grandmother’s eventful life in Wanda the Wonderful.
KRISTIAN LIN
At 51, Carolyn Macartney is no wide-eyed newcomer in the world of filmmaking. The Southern Methodist University film professor grew up around films (her mother not only shot but edited her home movies) and has been involved wit...



Korengal opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Korengal (R) Sebastian Junger’s documentary catches up with the American soldiers who were the subjects of his previous film, Restrepo, as they return to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley to re-engage the Taliban. (Ope...


John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda sing about a girl named Sherry in Jersey Boys.

Uncanny Valli

Oh, pretty baby, trust in me when I say: Jersey Boys rocks the theater.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are tons of reasons why the movie version of Jersey Boys shouldn’t work. Most of them have to do with director Clint Eastwood. Anyone who’s seen the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons knows th...