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Gaby Hoffmann (standing) tries to cheer up a disconsolate Jenny Slate (in box) in Obvious Child.

What Not to Expect

Finding humor in a dicey topic, Obvious Child stakes out new territory.
KRISTIAN LIN
Maybe you’ve heard Obvious Child referred to as “the abortion comedy.” Its makers have — rightly — argued that their work is much more than that. Nevertheless, abortion is what distinguishes the film from everything e...


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Family History on Film

An SMU professor traces her grandmother’s eventful life in Wanda the Wonderful.
KRISTIAN LIN
At 51, Carolyn Macartney is no wide-eyed newcomer in the world of filmmaking. The Southern Methodist University film professor grew up around films (her mother not only shot but edited her home movies) and has been involved wit...



Korengal opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Korengal (R) Sebastian Junger’s documentary catches up with the American soldiers who were the subjects of his previous film, Restrepo, as they return to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley to re-engage the Taliban. (Ope...


John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda sing about a girl named Sherry in Jersey Boys.

Uncanny Valli

Oh, pretty baby, trust in me when I say: Jersey Boys rocks the theater.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are tons of reasons why the movie version of Jersey Boys shouldn’t work. Most of them have to do with director Clint Eastwood. Anyone who’s seen the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons knows th...



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Repo Man

This post-apocalyptic thriller from Down Under is violent, austere, and puzzling.
KRISTIAN LIN
David Michôd is clearly a talented filmmaker. I just wish I could figure out what he’s up to. The Australian writer-director made his debut in 2010 with his striking crime drama Animal Kingdom, which despite its limited rele...


Filth opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Filth (R) James McAvoy stars in this thriller about a crooked British cop who schemes to win himself a promotion at the expense of criminals, his colleagues, and his family. Also with Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen P...



Brenton Thwaites and Olivia Cooke are filmed from a trippy angle during The Signal.

Turn Signal

Casual pacing gets in the way of the action in this sci-fi thriller.
STEVE STEWARD
Have you seen Rubber? If you missed it, it’s about a mysteriously sentient tire that rolls around the desert murdering animals and people with its unfathomable, steel-belted radial tire mind. Lots of people hated it, and you ...


Hiccup meets the very large alpha dragon in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Another Song of Ice and Fire

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is awesome and irritating all over again.
KRISTIAN LIN
I haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon since I reviewed it four years ago, but I remember being impressed by the visuals and underwhelmed by the story. Those impressions were reinforced mightily by How to Train Your Dragon 2...



Night Moves opens Friday

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Night Moves (R) Jesse Eisenberg stars in this thriller by Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cut-Off) as a member of an ecoterrorist group planning to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Also with Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia...


Emily Blunt trains for battle in Edge of Tomorrow.

Groundhog Death

Forewarned is forearmed in the time-bending sci-fi war film Edge of Tomorrow.
KRISTIAN LIN
We all know about “movie logic,” referring to the ways in which the reality inside movies differs from the way the real world works. Lately, though, it seems that video game logic has invaded the movies, with the likes of I...