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Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (NR) Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s documentary profiles three teenagers who spent eight years in the 1980s making a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark...


Dory finds help from an octopus who can travel on land in Finding Dory.

Blue Tang Clan

Pixar’s sequel Finding Dory is good even if it’s watered down.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard rumors about a human lesbian couple turning up in Pixar’s Finding Dory. I was prepared to ignore the issue, but it suddenly seems much less silly now. Two women briefly appear who could possibly be interpreted...



Colin Firth and Jude Law toil over a big novel in "Genius."

Cry Wolfe

A stone, a leaf, an unfound drama exist in the literary biopic Genius.
Kristian Lin
Genius is a movie about Thomas Wolfe. I don’t mean the 1960s journalist who coined the term “radical chic.” That writer became known as Tom to avoid confusion with the Thomas Wolfe who wrote novels in the 1930s and was, i...


Dheepan (R) (Opens Friday in Dallas)

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Dheepan (R) The winner of the Golden Palm at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s thriller stars Jesuthasan Antonythasan as a Sri Lankan freedom fighter who flees to France with two strangers whom he ...



A card trick goes awry for Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2.

Presto!

Now You See Me 2: For their next trick, these magicians improve on the original.
COLE WILLIAMS
Back in 2013, Now You See Me was seen by audiences as a nice surprise and by critics as largely flashy but empty sleight of hand. Though I love it when audiences disagree with critics and make up their own minds, I didn’t car...


Edgar Garcia and Luis Guzman pose as drug kingpins in Puerto Ricans in Paris.

Tour de Francia

Puerto Ricans in Paris: Latino entertainment needs to be better.
Kristian Lin
Do I really need to say at this point that American movies have failed Latino audiences? Well, yes, actually. After all, what may be painfully obvious to you and me is not obvious at all to a great many other people, especially...



How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (NR) Josh Fox (Gasland) directs this documentary about activists trying to reverse climate change. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Idol (NR) Hany Ab...


Colin Farrell leads Rachel Weisz through a harsh wilderness in The Lobster.

All the Single People

’Tis the voice of The Lobster, a singular and very weird comedy about love.
Kristian Lin
However much is wrong with American capitalism, it could be worse. Just look at Greece, where mismanagement has led to mass unemployment, falling income, and crushing debt. Out of the hopelessness and misery has sprung a great ...



Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Matthias Schoenaerts find trouble in paradise in "A Bigger Splash."

Death Pool

The Italian erotic thriller A Bigger Splash delivers a nasty kick.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw I Am Love, the 2010 romantic tragedy that introduced many Americans to the Sicilian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. His follow-up feature is A Bigger Splash, a remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 thriller La piscine, whic...


alice

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) Tim Burton has been replaced as director, but this Disney-meets-Lewis Carroll adaptation remains loud, incoherent, garish, and stubbornly unmagical. Mia Wasikowska returns as the her...