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Nature Boy

The Jungle Book gets the live-action remake treatment from Disney.
Kristian Lin
When they’re not busy trawling through Marvel Comics’ back catalog, Disney is busy raiding their own animation back catalog for stories to remake. They’ve already made live-action versions of Alice in Wonderland and Cinde...


"The Boss" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Boss (R) Melissa McCarthy stars in this comedy as a disgraced business mogul who seeks to restart her career after being released from prison. Also with Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal, Dave Bautista, M...



Jake Gyllenhaal will dig a great big hole in the ground in Demolition.

Smash-Up

A weak bereavement story becomes a weird, funny comedy in Demolition.
Kristian Lin
In recent years we’ve seen great flowerings of filmmaking from countries as far-flung as Iran, Mexico, South Korea, and Romania. The foreign scene that appears to be hottest right now is Quebec. It makes sense, doesn’t it? ...


Amber Heard tickles the ivories for "One More Time."

Heard that Song

Father-daughter issues play out musically in One More Time.
Kristian Lin
Amber Heard recently complained about her supermodel good looks getting her typecast in eye-candy roles in lowbrow slasher flicks and action thrillers. Maybe, but it might have helped her cause if she hadn’t given terrible pe...



"They Will Have to Kill Us First"

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening They Will Have to Kill Us First (NR) Johanna Schwartz’ documentary about musicians in Mali who continue to make music despite Boko Haram’s mission to kill all musicians. (Opens Friday in Dallas) God’s Not Dead 2 (...


Alan Rickman makes his last screen appearance in Eye in the Sky.

Drone Wars

You feel the tragedy of Eye in the Sky in your head, not your heart.
Kristian Lin
Now that drones have become part of the way we fight war, for good or ill, they’ve started to be incorporated into war movies from Good Kill to Body of Lies. The trouble is that the same thing that makes drones attractive to ...



Tom Hiddleston portrays a country music legend in "I Saw the Light."

Drifting Cowboy

I Saw the Light: Hank Williams will never get out of this biopic alive.
Kristian Lin
>I Saw the Light opens with a bold statement of intent: Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), perched on a stool on an otherwise bare stage, sings “Cold, Cold Heart” with minimal accompaniment. The tall, slender British actor ...


SvB

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13) Zack Snyder (300) directs this blockbuster as Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) tries to clamp down on the excesses of Superman (Henry Cavill). Also with Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, ...



Clutching a lamp pulled from the trash, Sally Field makes her way home in Hello, My Name Is Doris.

Doris’ Day

Sally Field is too strong for Hello, My Name Is Doris.
Kristian Lin
Amid the increasing awareness of sexism and ageism in Hollywood, a small number of low-budget filmmakers have caught onto the fact that they can get major talent for their movie at a reasonable price if they’re willing to bui...


Brigid Brannagh searches the darkness outside her Moldovan house in "They're Watching."

Tiny Nation House

They’re Watching: A home-repair show turns to witchcraft.
Kristian Lin
Here’s a 94-minute found-footage horror movie that would have worked better as an 8-minute found-footage Funny or Die comedy sketch. They’re Watching, which opens this Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills, blunders off the bat by ...