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Cowboys and Amphibians

Yee-haw! A strange animated Western leads this week’s films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into a bizarre and wondrous alternate reality.  


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Drive Angry 3D (R) Nicolas Cage stars as a man who escapes from Hell to take revenge on the men who have killed his daughter (Arianne Martin) and kidnapped his granddaughter. Also with Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Bi...



Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Welcome to my fourth annual look at the mid-major categories of the annual Academy Awards (to be televised Sunday) It’s my way of pointing out who did the best work last year in these aspects of filmmaking that immeasurably a...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
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...



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...