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Melissa Rauch introduces her new training diet in The Bronze.

Tumbling Run

Hope springs eternal (and curses even more) in The Bronze.
Kristian Lin
I don’t watch The Big Bang Theory, so I was unfamiliar with Melissa Rauch before I saw her lead performance in The Bronze, which earns the mild distinction of being the best movie ever about gymnastics. As foul-mouthed as thi...


Jennifer Garner opens up about her faith in "Miracles from Heaven."

Child of God

Miracles from Heaven does poorly by a Burleson family.
Kristian Lin
The title Miracles from Heaven has already made up your mind whether you’re going to see this movie or not. If you subscribe to that particular strain of Christian belief that God actively intervenes in our daily lives and pe...



Mary Elizabeth Winstead finds herself in a concrete prison in "10 Cloverfield Lane."

Bonus Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Kristian Lin
The headline on the Guardian‘s review of 10 Cloverfield Lane reads “more Hitchcock than Xbox.” I like the British newspaper, but this isn’t one of their better headlines. It engages in a glib comparison ...


Come on, England! Sacha Baron Cohen and his fellow yobs watch the big game in The Brothers Grimsby.

Grim and Grimmer

Sacha Baron Cohen flails drunkenly in The Brothers Grimsby.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve heard anything about The Brothers Grimsby, it’s probably that the movie has a joke in which Donald Trump contracts AIDS. Supposedly the studio that’s putting out the film (Sony) has been trying to bury the Ameri...



"Embrace of the Serpent" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Embrace of the Serpent (NR) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this Colombian drama is about an Amazon River shaman (Antonio Bolívar) who works with two European scientists (Jan Bijvoet and Brionne Davis) t...


Géza Röhrig is a Jewish man on a mission in "Son of Saul."

Buried Child

The Oscar-winning Son of Saul makes the Holocaust freshly horrifying.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve seen a few too many uninspired Holocaust dramas like I have, you might start to think that the subject is played out and that there’s no way to tell this chapter of history differently. Son of Saul manages to brin...



The Other Side of the Door

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Boy and the Beast (PG-13) This Japanese animated film by Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars) is about a street kid who stumbles upon a world filled with warrior beasts. Voices by Eric Vale, John Swasey, Monica Rial, Alex Or...


Judy and Nick wait patiently for the sloths at the DMV to do their work in Zootopia.

The Hop Cop

That rabbit is dynamite! Zootopia’s cuddly exterior hides some thorny issues.
Kristian Lin
I must admit that for a Disney animated film about an adorable little bunny rabbit, Zootopia proved harder to shake off than I expected. I should have taken a closer look at the behind-the-scenes talent involved in this, but th...



Tina Fey reports on the latest from a war-torn region in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."

Unbreakable Kimmy Baker

Tina Fey goes to a war zone in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Kristian Lin
I hate to keep harping on the subject of whitewashing, but Hollywood keeps shoving it back in my face. One of the major supporting characters in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an Afghan named Fahim, a former doctor who’s now workin...


"Backtrack" opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Backtrack (R) Adrien Brody stars in this supernatural thriller as a psychiatrist who discovers that all the patients he’s been seeing are ghosts. Also with Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Chloe Ba...