Film
Labor Day opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Labor Day (PG-13) Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel starring Kate Winslet as a depressed mother who takes in a wounded escaped convict (Josh Brolin). Also with Gattl...


Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson share a couch and a love of beer in Drinking Buddies.

Odds and Ends

Here’s a romp through 2013’s weird, wacky, misconceived, overlooked films.
KRISTIAN LIN
I spend every December catching up with films that I didn’t see in the theater, and every year I find interesting ones that never played in Tarrant County, thus denying me a chance to write about them in these pages. However,...



I, Frankenstein opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: I, Frankenstein (PG-13) Aaron Eckhart stars in this supernatural thriller as the mad scientist’s creation who has survived into the modern age to take part in a war between gargoyles and demons. Also with Yvonne Stra...


Chris Pine and Keira Knightley prepare for a night on the town with the bad guys in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Ryan’s Hope

The Jack Ryan reboot Shadow Recruit goes better than the last one.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the fifth big-screen adventure of the all-American superspy invented by Tom Clancy, the second one that imagines Jack as a young man, and the first whose story isn’t taken directly from one of Cla...



Vanessa Hudgens searches for a purpose in her life in Gimme Shelter.

Apple and Tree

Gimme Shelter: Vanessa Hudgens as a ghetto kid? It works as well as you’d expect.
KRISTIAN LIN
For the first two minutes of Gimme Shelter, I thought this modestly budgeted drama was on to something. Crazier, I thought its star, Vanessa Hudgens, was on to something. We see her determinedly hacking off her hair in some cra...


Devil's Due opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Devil’s Due (R) Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett co-direct this found-footage horror movie about a young couple (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller) who are documenting her pregnancy when things start to go wrong...



Oscar Isaac squires a housecat around Manhattan while looking for work in Inside Llewyn Davis.

All Folked Up

In the well-crafted but sour Inside Llewyn Davis, even the music is overrated.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I ran my list of 2013’s best movies a couple of weeks ago, I left off one film that was on many other people’s lists, Inside Llewyn Davis. I had  reservations about the Coen brothers’ latest film, but I also found s...


Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Margo Martindale consult their family history in August: Osage County.

Letts Do It

An award-winning play becomes a nice actors’ vehicle in August: Osage County.
KRISTIAN LIN
I need to say this right off the bat: I haven’t seen Tracy Letts’ play August: Osage County on stage. I’ve heard that the play, which won every major prize available to it in 2007, boasts a level of story and character de...



August: Osage County opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: August: Osage County (R) Meryl Streep stars in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’ acclaimed play as a dying Oklahoma matriarch who gathers her family together after the suicide of her husband (Sam Shepard). Also with Ju...


Joaquin Phoenix and Samantha (in smartphone, left) enjoy lunch outdoors in Her.

Uh Huh Her

Samantha has achieved self-awareness in Spike Jonze’s treasure of a romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Spike Jonze has always been brilliant, but lately he’s become something more. You can see it in the tenderness that pervades both his previous film Where the Wild Things Are and his current film Her, which wasn’t there in h...