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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) Aaron Eckhart and Bridget Moynahan star in this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about a U.S. Marine battalion trying to survive in the face of a global invasion by an alien race. Also with Miche...


Cedar Rapids: Oh Ooo Oh Iowa

It’s the greatest insurance convention comedy ever.
KRISTIAN LIN
The trailer for Cedar Rapids is edited to make it look like another version of The Hangover, which makes sense because Ed Helms stars in both movies and they’re both comedies about bacchanalian hijinks at a hotel. Tempting as...



Mars Needs Moms: Empty Wells

This animated sci-fi kids’ flick goes wrong in many ways.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last week, we had the incredible burst of experimentalism that was Rango, a defiantly old-school 2-D animated film that nevertheless ventured fearlessly into territory untapped by kids’ movies. This week, Mars Needs Moms, a 3...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Marwencol (R) The opening night selection at last year’s Lone Star International Film Festival, Jeff Malmberg’s documentary profiles Mark Hogancamp, a brain-damaged man who becomes famous as an artist by building a...



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...