Film
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne find their shrubbery carved into a rude shape by the frat next door in Neighbors.

The Boys Next Door

Is Neighbors the greatest frat comedy ever? Maybe.
KRISTIAN LIN
I come to sing the praises of Nicholas Stoller. The director of the uproariously funny Neighbors isn’t famous like the movie’s stars, and he doesn’t receive much credit on his own because he’s part of Judd Apatow’s st...


Dorothy and Toto eye the rainbow that will take them back in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

New Friends of Dorothy

Don’t surrender your money to Legends of Oz.
KRISTIAN LIN
The first film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appeared all the way back in 1910. Ever since then, movies have been trying to revive or build on the fantasy world evoked in L. Frank Baum’s novels. The trouble is, this i...



Locke opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Locke (R) Tom Hardy stars in this drama as a man whose life comes apart during an 85-minute drive to London. Voices by Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Tom Holland, and Alice Lowe. (Opens Friday i...


Mother of mercy, is this the end of Gwen Stacy? Emma Stone hangs by a thread in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Turning Point

The Spider-Man sequel’s team is better suited for a romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed the reboot of Spider-Man two years ago, I said that while I couldn’t find anything terribly wrong with it, I couldn’t find anything great about it either. The good news is, I found much more to like in the s...



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Unknown Artist

A treasure trove of photos kicks off the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
KRISTIAN LIN
This story began in winter 2007, when real estate agent John Maloof, a habitué of flea markets and storage auctions, bought a box of photo negatives hoping to find something he could use in a history volume he was planning to ...


Only Lovers Left Alive opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Only Lovers Left Alive (R) Jim Jarmusch’s latest film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as two vampires whose centuries-long love affair is disrupted by her out-of-control sister (Mia Wasikowska). Also with Anto...



Scarlett Johansson strips down for her latest victim in Under the Skin.

Study in Scarlett

Under the Skin takes a cold-eyed view of its star’s hotness.
KRISTIAN LIN
Scarlett Johansson is naked in Under the Skin. Remarkably, she’s never done that before in a movie. Yet there’s more to it than that, as there usually is with her. Sex appeal has been a central part of Johansson’s stardom...


Jonas Armstrong wears a Nazi uniform to save Jews in Walking With the Enemy.

Smart Elek

Walking With the Enemy tells the story of a Hungarian resistance hero.
KRISTIAN LIN
As the Nazi reign of terror swept across Europe, many people in various walks of life found ways of standing against it and making a difference. One such was Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, the Hungarian resistance hero who saved the ...



Dom Hemingway opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Dom Hemingway (R) Jude Law stars in this comedy as a London safe-cracker who looks to collect on an old debt after doing 12 years in prison. Also with Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, and Demián Bichir. ...


Johnny Depp (on monitors) welcomes Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall to his afterlife in Transcendence.

Logging Off

After seeing this humorless bore, I don’t believe in Transcendence.
KRISTIAN LIN
Great news if you were looking for an extended, unfunny parody of Christopher Nolan’s movies, because Transcendence is out this week. This good-looking, arid, windy bore is fully convinced that it is a Nolan film, with its bi...