Cooties opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Cooties (R) Elijah Wood stars in this horror-comedy as a schoolteacher who must lead his fellow teachers to safety after a virus outbreak turns all the children in his community into monsters. Also with Rainn Wilson, Al...

Johnny Depp ponders his next criminal misdeed in Black Mass.


Whitey Bulger’s story gets drowned in self-importance in Black Mass.
Kristian Lin
On some level, I can’t help but feel sorry for Black Mass. This movie gives off every sign of wanting to be very serious and important: the large canvas, the 2-hour-plus running time, the A-list cast, the cinematography by Ma...

Dylan O'Brien is prepared to immolate himself in "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials."

Scorch Marks

The Maze Runner sequel emerges flavorless, as you might expect.
Kristian Lin
I must admit I was a bit bewildered when I heard that last year’s The Maze Runner was getting a sequel. The dystopian YA film was a fair-sized hit, but I struggled to remember anything that happened in it. I’ve seen better ...

Greta Gerwig makes a grand, sweeping Times Square entrance in Mistress America.

Babbling Brooke

Greta Gerwig has trouble finishing in the boho satire Mistress America.
Kristian Lin
The press can’t resist a narrative, especially when it resembles a bad romantic comedy. Noah Baumbach spent the late 2000s gaining a small but devoted following by making a trio of finely wrought, keenly insightful, deeply un...

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte look out from the McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail in "A Walk in the Woods."

Mile After Mile

A nice comedy team alleviates the tedium of A Walk in the Woods.
Kristian Lin
After the success of the movie version of Wild, it seems inevitable that someone would make a film of A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, an account by journalist Bill Bryson of his attempt to h...

Bloodsucking Bastards opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Bloodsucking Bastards (NR) Fran Kranz stars in this horror-comedy as an office drone who tries to save his friends when his co-workers start turning into vampires. This film by the comedy troupe Dr. God does well with t...

Z for Zachariah opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Z for Zachariah (PG-13) Craig Zobel (Compliance) adapts Robert C. O’Brien’s novel about three people (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, and Chris Pine) who may be the last survivors of an apocalyptic event. (Opens Fr...

Bel Powley can’t wait to tell her bestie her secret in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.


The Diary of a Teenage Girl: “I had sex today. Holy shit!”
Kristian Lin
Theater actress Marielle Heller became obsessed when she read The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a 2002 illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner that drew heavily from the author’s own troubled adolescence. Heller took it upon herself...

Memories of the Sword
Starring Kim Go-eun, Lee Byung-hun, and Jeon Do-yeon. Directed by Park Heung-sik. Written by Park Heung-sik and Choi Ah-reum. Not rated.

The Hong-yi Games

The acting is better than the swordplay in Memories of the Sword.
Kristian Lin
The same week that The Diary of a Teenage Girl expands to Tarrant County (see above review), another teen movie hits our theaters. It’s called Memories of the Sword, and even though it’s somewhat derivative, this attractive...

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (PG) This animated film in different styles details the homecoming of an exiled prophet (voiced by Liam Neeson) who discusses philosophical matters on his journey. Additional voices by Salm...