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Kristian Lin
OPENING: Super (NR) James Gunn’s black comedy stars Rainn Wilson as an ordinary man who sets out to fight crime as a masked superhero. Also with Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, Linda Cardellini, and Nathan...


Certified Copy: Love Among the Ruins

An Iranian master does his thing in Italy.
KRISTIAN LIN
In a small Tuscan village, we see an elderly Frenchman apparently yelling abuse at his wife in the middle of the piazza. But then they shift positions slightly, and we can see that the target of his ire isn’t his wife but rat...



Tek Doko vs. the Mob

The local filmmaker’s real target is bigotry.
KRISTIAN LIN
“People think because I run an Italian restaurant, I must be mobbed up,” said Tek Doko, whose family has owned and operated Roma Pasta & Pizza in Haltom City since 1994. “I can’t tell you how many times people have ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Miral (PG-13) Julian Schnabel’s adaptation of Rula Jebreal’s novel stars Freida Pinto as a Palestinian girl who must choose between violent jihad and non-violent activism while growing up in Israel in the 1960s. Al...



Legal Eagle: The Conspirator

James McAvoy shines in this 19th-century legal thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even though it has a bigger budget and higher production values than most of the entries at the Sundance Film Festival, the historical legal drama The Conspirator is still Robert Redford’s first independent film as a director...


Blame It on Rio

A rare parrot takes flight, but his movie never does.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jesse Eisenberg has carved out quite the career so far, one made even more impressive by the fact that he has such a tiny, high-pitched voice. Such a voice might constrict the roles offered to an actor, but Eisenberg hasn’t l...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Arthur (PG-13) Russell Brand stars in this remake of the 1981 comedy as a spoiled wealthy playboy who must support himself when faced with the loss of his fortune. Also with Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig,...


Hanna and the Company

This teenager and her action thriller confuse me.
KRISTIAN LIN
Our action thrillers right now seem to be awash in young girls who are stone cold killers. The odd British entry Hanna is the latest of the bunch, coming after the flawed but unfairly maligned Sucker Punch and last year’s Kic...



Win Win Loses Half the Battle

I hate to take down this wrestling movie, but here goes…
KRISTIAN LIN
By all rights I should like Tom McCarthy’s movies much better than I do. The writer-director of low-budget dramedies The Station Agent and The Visitor has a delightful, low-key sense of humor and handles actors exceptionally ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cat Run (R) John Stockwell’s comic thriller is about two bumbling detectives (Scott Mechlowicz and Alphonso McAuley) hired to protect a high-priced escort (Paz Vega) after she learns some politically scandalous infor...