Film

Tolstoy Finds The Last Station

The Last Station has two Oscar nods, but it ain't Tolstoy.
KRISTIAN LIN
When he died, Leo Tolstoy was basically an old hippie. Immensely rich and famous from authoring War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the Russian count had turned his considerable energy to social causes and essays delineating his i...


Butterscotch Isn’t Sweet

North Texas teachers turn a dark story into a funny movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Bart van Bemmel talks quickly, and I’m not sure whether that’s how he usually rolls or whether it’s because he’s eager to tell me about his film project during his 50-minute free period. (It’s prob...



Unhappy Haneke

Funny Games tortures you to make a point. This review will save you some pain.
Kristian Lin
When you watch slasher flicks and other movies that kill off innocent characters like ants, do you feel bad for those onscreen victims?


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Shutter Island (R) Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as U.S. marshals sent to investigate the disappearance of an inmate from an asylum for the c...



North Carolina Burning

A chapter in the civil rights struggle becomes an overly polite movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
It all started with a casual remark. In 1970, Timothy Tyson was an 11-year-old white boy growing up in Oxford, N.C., when one of his friends said, “Pa and Roger and ‘em shot ‘em a nigger.” Just like that...


GasLand Drills for Answers

A Pennsylvania filmmaker visits North Texas to get the dirt on gas drilling.
DAN MCGRAW
In December 2008, live-theater producer and filmmaker Josh Fox (his 2008 film, Memorial Day, was based on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal) was approached by several landmen who wanted him to sign a deal to lease mineral rights fo...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Wolfman (R) Benicio del Toro stars as an American man who becomes a werewolf during a visit to Victorian England to find his missing brother. Also with Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, Art Malik, Geraldi...


Love Is All Around

Big movie stars outnumber big laughs in Valentine's Day.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even before Valentine’s Day has reached the theaters, gimlet-eyed observers are already comparing it to the 2003 British film Love Actually, both movies being scattershot omnibus comedies that tell multiple romantic stori...



Need a Lift?

Frozen won't give you one, just thrills and chills.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Sundance Film Festival may be known for earnest, small-scale dramas, but it also has been the launching pad for some brutally simple low-budget thrillers as well. Hollywood’s good at entertaining you with the unreal; ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: An Education (PG-13) This radiant and gently heartbreaking drama is one of 2009′s best movies. The Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan stars as a 16-year-old Londoner who falls for an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in 19...