Film

Blood Sausage

A Euless acting teacher gives his students their own grisly horror film as a class project.
Kristian Lin
I’ll bet that relatively few people have ever watched a movie while sitting in one of the locations where it was shot.


Not a Novelty

This week’s discussion topic: The Jane Austen Book Club, which falls into a cozy trap.
Kristian Lin
When I reviewed Becoming Jane two months ago (“Conduct Unbecoming,” Aug. 8), I mentioned how certain movies and books imagine a romantic life for Jane Austen, when history indicates that none existed.



Arabesque

The politically aware action thriller The Kingdom has something for everyone.
Kristian Lin
The Kingdom is the fourth movie directed by Peter Berg, and it’s obviously his bid to join that elite club of filmmakers whose action thrillers appeal to both the popcorn-eating masses and the socially conscious moviegoers.


Half-Baked Alaska

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild sure runs long, but it never seems big enough.
Kristian Lin
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.



Mario Imbroglio

The arcade fire starts over a Donkey Kong controversy in this enjoyable documentary.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago I called No End in Sight the best documentary so far this year.


You Can’t Do That

Julie Taymor’s Beatles musical Across the Universe is something helter-skelter.
Kristian Lin
Musical stage shows and films established themselves as massively popular forms of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, but then in the 1960s, the music and the audiences changed.



Duck and Cover

Theaters offer a double shot of Terrence Howard, but only one movie’s any good.
Kristian Lin
After years of toiling unappreciated in movies that nobody saw, Terrence Howard finally got his fingers on the brass ring two years ago with a memorable appearance in the Oscar-winning Crash and an Oscar-nominated lead role in ...


Gym Class Villain

Keeping a bullying P.E. teacher from becoming your stepdad drives the tepid Mr. Woodcock.
Kristian Lin
If you saw last year’s School for Scoundrels and wished that it had been funnier, you should know that Mr. Woodcock answers your prayers.



Desert Dogs

High-falootin’ scootin’ shootin’ sons of guns from Arizona hold up the 3:10 to Yuma.
Kristian Lin
3:10 to Yuma began life as a Western short story written by Elmore Leonard in 1953, before he made his reputation writing crime fiction.


High School Movie

Local teens make a film and win a prize, and their work’s on a PC near you.
Kristian Lin
The filmmakers in Samsung’s Fresh Films contest not only haven’t been to film school, they haven’t finished high school.