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Kristian Lin
Opening Elvis & Nixon (R) This dramatization of the real-life 1970 meeting between Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) and Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) would have been better on stage. Elvis goes to the White House to ask for a...


Zoey Deutch and Blake Jenner adjust to college life in Everybody Wants Some!!

Before the Semester

Richard Linklater scores again with the charming Everybody Wants Some!!
Kristian Lin
Now that Boyhood finally made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acknowledge that Richard Linklater exists, the filmmaker is back to his old familiar grounds with yet another largely plotless ensemble comedy abou...



Tom Hanks dresses for business and not the weather in "A Hologram for the King."

Mirage

A Hologram for the King is a tourism ad for a repressive dictatorship.
Kristian Lin
An inoffensive movie unless you think about it, A Hologram for the King begins with Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) on a flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A former Schwinn bicycle executive who lost most of his money to the 2008 recession ...


miles

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Miles Ahead (R) Don Cheadle stars in his own biography of jazz icon Miles Davis. Also with Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Keith Stanfield, Joshua Jessen, and Theron Brown. (Opens Friday in Dallas...



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Drive by Night

Jeff Nichols runs aground in the superhero-on-the-lam tale Midnight Special.
Kristian Lin
If you were one of the hate-watchers who left Batman vs. Superman worn out and frustrated, maybe what you need is a lo-fi superhero flick like Midnight Special. This low-budget film, which opened in a couple of Tarrant County t...


Jungle-Book

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 (...