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Number Four: Three Stars

A rocky but promising start for the latest teen sci-fi saga.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood now faces the same problem that faced the young-adult publishing industry a few years ago. With the Harry Potter and Twilight film series both near their ends, the race is on to land the next multi-part saga about tee...


Mighty Orphans Await Kickoff

Fort Worth native Russell Morton sees his grandfather’s story through the screenwriting process.
KRISTIAN LIN
“Everything about Hollywood has surprised me,” said Russell Morton, a third-generation Fort Worth native who recently moved back here from New York City. “I’m from the business world. I’m used to starched shirts and n...



The Eagle: British Invasion

Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel comes to surprising life.
KRISTIAN LIN
As it turns out, The Illusionist isn’t the only movie out this week that’s set in Scotland. If you go into this toga-and-sandals epic pumped for a fire-breathing piece of entertainment on the order of 300 or Gladiator, you...


The Illusionist: Scots Oui, Oui

A French animation genius returns to the screen at last.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seven years ago, Sylvain Chomet captured the world’s attention with his animated feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville. At the time, many critics including me saw the influence of Jacques Tati, the great mid-20th-cent...



Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Barney’s Version (R) Paul Giamatti stars in this adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s comic novel as a Canadian TV producer who gets into trouble looking for love. Also with Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike...


Oh, What a Biutiful Mess

This drama among Barcelona’s dispossessed is one long slog.
KRISTIAN LIN
In December, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association named Biutiful the best foreign language film of 2010. Last week, the movie picked up Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and for Javier Bardem’s lead p...



Another Year: If It Makes You Happy

A troubled Mary upstages Tom and Gerri’s show in this British drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Mary works as a secretary at a medical clinic in London. She’s somewhere in her 40s or 50s, it’s hard to say. However old she is, she’s still quite beautiful, full of energy, and a lot of fun at parties. That’s in small...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Biutiful (R) The latest drama by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) stars Javier Bardem as a small-time criminal in Barcelona seeking redemption before he dies. Also with Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib,...



Rabbit Hole: Childless Parents

The drama is only above-average in this story of bereavement.
KRISTIAN LIN
Whither the prestige picture? I’m talking about straightforward, visually handsome, modestly budgeted films that feature a few high-powered actors tackling weighty issues, usually working from a script with a literary or thea...


The Rite Is Wrong

Anthony Hopkins’ hamming is the scariest thing in this exorcism flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
In the past I wondered whether they were running out of titles for movies that take place on submarines. Now I’m wondering whether they’re running out of titles for exorcism movies. This latest one is called The Rite, and i...