Film

Mother Mary Comes to Me

KRISTIAN LIN
Before anyone had seen Precious, it had to battle negative perceptions. People had every reason to think it would be terrible when they heard that this drama about a poor, fat, illiterate, HIV-positive girl was by a neophyte fi...


Don’t Rock the Boat

KRISTIAN LIN
The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the movie itself. This fatally innocuous British comedy uses zippy editing, frames within the...



Film Short

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Box (PG-13) Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) adapts Richard Matheson’s short story “Button, Button” about a financially strapped couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) offered a chance at $1 million ...


I Taped an Alien

KRISTIAN LIN
If The Fourth Kind had come out next spring, we could have dismissed it as a Johnny-come-lately rip-off of Paranormal Activity. Coming out now, this alien-abduction flick will likely receive a fairer hearing because writer-dire...



Local Films Shine

ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth’s historic Como neighborhood has been a source of great stories for decades, and now it’s the subject of a short independent documentary by the local husband-and-wife team of Carl and Betsy Crum.


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Canyon (R) Eion Bailey and Yvonne Strahovski star in this thriller as a couple who get lost while taking a mule tour of the Grand Canyon. Also with Will Patton. (Opens Friday in Dallas)



Tsuris

KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not ashamed to say it: A Serious Man confused the hell out of me. Most confusing movies are that way because they’re poorly made, but this one is incredibly well made. (One expects nothing less from the Coen bro...


Captain Kitty

STEVE STEWARD
Film can be a transformative experience. After all, if not for pulp serials, George Lucas might have ended up as a hot-rod mechanic. In the case of twentysomething local filmmaker Aron Cho, also known as Captain Kitty, comic bo...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Amelia (PG) Hilary Swank stars in Mira Nair’s biography of the aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Also with Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson, Mia Wasikowska, and Cherry Jones. (Opens Friday)...


Stylin’

KRISTIAN LIN
Chris Rock explains the premise of Good Hair right at the beginning. While photographs of his two young daughters fill the screen, he says, “Even though I tell them that they’re beautiful every single day, it just i...