Film
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper are dressed for a con game in American Hustle.

Hustle and Russell

Just try to keep the lies straight in the wild caper flick American Hustle.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some caper films are sleek humming machines, but American Hustle is by David O. Russell, which means that it lurches and veers and speeds recklessly through hairpin turns. He used to go years between projects, but the resurgent...


All Is Lost re-opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: All Is Lost (PG-13) There’s a remorseless sort of purity to J.C. Chandor’s drama about a lone, unnamed sailor (Robert Redford) who fights to stay alive after his 40-foot yacht threatens to sink in the middle of the...



Cate Blanchett relaxes in the Hamptons with Alec Baldwin during happier times in Blue Jasmine.

Carte Blanchett

The lead actress eats up everything else in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
KRISTIAN LIN
Cate Blanchett is generally regarded as one of the great actresses of our time, and yet her actual track record is curiously spotty. She earned her stardom with a world-beating performance in 1998’s Elizabeth, gleefully threw...


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Let’s Stryng Along

Two North Texas filmmakers show their short film at Cannes.
KRISTIAN LIN
They make an interesting study in contrasts, the short-haired, clean shaven, jocular Geoff McGee and the long-haired, bearded, studious Derek Presley. Still, these Dallas natives share an easy friendship full of jokes, shared r...



A Miracle in Spanish Harlem opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Miracle in Spanish Harlem (PG) Luis Antonio Ramos stars in this Christmas film as a widower with a failing business who finds himself in need of a miracle. Also with Kate del Castillo, Adrian Martinez, Andre Royo, Pr...


Frozen

Ice Castle

Sisters do it for themselves in Disney’s dazzling Frozen.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last August we had The Snow Queen, a Russian film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. Frozen is based on the same story, but it’s both the best animated movie of the year and the best musical. The heroine is Anna (voi...



Choi Seung-hyun awaits word on his next assignment as a North Korean spy in Commitment.

Red Dead Redemption

Commitment: Is this Korean movie the year’s best spy thriller?
KRISTIAN LIN
AMC Grapevine Mills has been running Korean films on a semi-regular basis for a while now, but Commitment, which starts there on Friday, is the first one that I’ve been able to review ahead of its opening. Though the Korean f...


Bridegroom opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Bridegroom (R) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s documentary profiles Shane Bitney Crone, a gay man who found himself deprived of legal rights after his partner, Tom Bridegroom, was killed in an accident shortly before the...



FILM

Bright Black Screens

African-Americans dominate this holiday weekend: Oldboy and Black Nativity.
KRISTIAN LIN
Black filmmakers have grabbed center stage this year, and the heartening thing is, they’ve mostly been new blood. Steve McQueen reached a broad American audience with his third feature 12 Years a Slave, Ryan Coogler made a br...


Opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Armstrong Lie (R) The latest documentary from the prolific Alex Gibney (Client 9, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) details Lance Armstrong’s rise to fame and fall from grace. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Boo...