Film

We Need to Leave in The Next Three Days

Forget jail — a fugitive family must escape Pittsburgh in this thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Best known as the filmmaker who inflicted Crash upon the world, Paul Haggis turns his attention to popcorn entertainment in The Next Three Days, a remake of a 2008 French thriller released in English-speaking countries as Anyth...


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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: 127 Hours (R) Danny Boyle’s latest film tells the real story of a hiker (James Franco) who became trapped for five days in a Utah canyon with a rock pinning his right arm. Also with Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Clémenc...



Inside Job: Forever Blowing Bubbles

Our financial system sucks. This documentary explains why.
KRISTIAN LIN
 “It is impossible to get a man to understand something when his paycheck depends on him not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair


Morning Glory: Happy Talk

When we come back, we’ll see this newsroom comedy fall short.
KRISTIAN LIN
A romantic comedy aiming to be the Broadcast News for our generation, Morning Glory boasts a wealth of talent both in front of and behind the camera, which is partly why it’s so disappointing. Rachel McAdams stars as Becky Fu...



Due Date Past Due

Bits of hilarity aside, this Robert Downey/Zach Galifianakis road-trip movie is nothing new.
STEVE STEWARD
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: There’s this tightly wound business guy who has to get across the country to be with his family in time for an important day. Through no fault of his own, his original and totally reasonabl...


For Colored Girls: “Sing a Black Girl’s Song”

The Tyler Perry treatment mars a trailblazing play.
KRISTIAN LIN
The mere existence of For Colored Girls is encouraging, though it would be unremarkable if we lived in a better world. African-American actresses have been historically under-represented in movies, so it’s nice to have a film...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Fair Game (PG-13) Doug Liman’s dramatization of the Valerie Plame incident stars Naomi Watts as a CIA spy who is publicly exposed after her husband (Sean Penn) crosses the Bush administration. Also with Ty Burrell, S...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: GasLand (NR) Partially filmed in North Texas, Josh Fox’s documentary totes up the environmental costs of gas drilling in America. (Opens Friday in Dallas)



Conviction Has Courage, Lacks Craft

A true story becomes this plodding, unoriginal legal drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hilary Swank stars in Conviction as a woman who launches a more or less single-handed assault on the legal system, and this suffocating, curiously overpraised drama provides compelling evidence of her artistic decline.


Rutherford, Yager Make Changes

Two local filmmakers raise funds for their first feature.
KRISTIAN LIN
Side by side, Burt Rutherford and Tim Yager look like a mismatched comedy duo, best friends who couldn’t look any more different. The two filmmakers have known each other since attending Rowlett High School together. They lau...