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Harry’s End

The boy wizard goes back to school and graduates with distinction.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the line. The Hogwarts Express has reached its final destination. Please make sure to gather up all your robes and magic wands before exiting. We hope you have enjoyed your trip.


Sauceda Rocks Out

A local filmmaker teams up with the Butterfly Connection.
KRISTIAN LIN
For his first feature film, The Fandango Sisters, José Juan Sauceda shot his rock music drama at various Fort Worth locations (Rose Marine Theatre, 1919 Hemphill, Norris Conference Center) and used a number of Fort Worth bands...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Horrible Bosses (R) Don’t you just love it when the movie’s title tells you exactly what it’s about? Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis star in this black comedy as downtrodden white-collar workers wh...


The Tree of Life: Pictures at an Exhibition

Terrence Malick ponders life, the universe, and everything.
KRISTIAN LIN
The fifth film in 38 years by reclusive Texas auteur Terrence Malick is The Tree of Life, the polarizing film that drew boos and walkouts when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and yet went on to win the top pr...



Cowboy Up With Buck

Even if you’re not from cattle country, you’ll find this doc engaging.
KRISTIAN LIN
Buck is a close study about a horseman and his methods, so no wonder it has widened out beyond the specialty art-house theaters here in North Texas, where there’s a natural constituency of moviegoers who are interested in hor...


A Better Life, Mi Hijo

A great performance distinguishes this immigration drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember watching Gregory Nava’s drama El Norte for my high-school Spanish class. I thought about that film while I was watching A Better Life, a movie that is also set in the world of illegal Latino immigrants in the Unite...



Transformers: Cock-Eyed Optimus

We take apart this robot saga, except the 3D effects.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hey, I’m back! I know. I missed the second Transformers movie. Sorry, everyone. But I’m here now to write about the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in which Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) helps the Autobots ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Queen to Play (NR) Caroline Bottaro’s comedy stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a French chambermaid who escapes her life of poverty when she takes chess lessons from an American expat (Kevin Kline). Also with Valérie Lagra...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bad Teacher (R) Cameron Diaz stars in this comedy as a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed junior high schoolteacher who’s forced to shape up to win the heart of an idealistic substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake). Also wit...


Adolescent Dramas

Two Olivers and one George come of age in these offbeat indie flicks.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s never a shortage of films about coming of age. Everyone comes of age, after all, and such films can often be done cheaply, like the three low-budget independent movies we’re reviewing this week. Two of them are wort...