Posts Tagged ‘director’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Way Back (PG-13) Colin Farrell and Ed Harris star in Peter Weir’s historical drama about escapees from a Siberian gulag who walked 4,000 miles to freedom in India. Also with Jim Sturgess, Mark Strong, Dragos Bucu...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Dilemma (PG-13) Vince Vaughn stars in Ron Howard’s comedy as a man trying to figure out how to inform his best friend (Kevin James) that his wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him. Also with Jennifer Connelly, Ch...



Thanks for Making Me The Fighter

David O. Russell thinks inside the boxing movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you go to The Fighter expecting a generic uplifting sports drama, you will get a very good one. If you go to it expecting a crazy stylistic exercise like David O. Russell’s other films, you’ll be disappointed. I must adm...


Texas Ballet Theater Digs In

TBT has a new headquarters but still no live music.
LEONARD EUREKA
It’s taken a while, but Texas Ballet Theater finally has quarters that allow it to rehearse in the same size space as the Bass Performance Hall stage, TBT’s main performing venue. The benefits were seen in season-opening pe...



Mao’s Last Dancer

TBT’s Ben Stevenson is a character in this rags-to-riches tale of Li Cunxin.
LEONARD EUREKA
Mao’s Last Dancer is the ultimate rags to riches saga. The film is based on the life of dancer Li Cunxin. Born dirt-poor in a remote Chinese village, he made it halfway around the world by age 20 to become a principal dancer ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Catfish (PG-13) Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s possibly staged documentary about Nev Schulman and his attempts to date a woman he met on the internet who may not be what she claims to be. Also with Rel Schulman and...



The American: This Gun for Hire

George Clooney scowls a lot in this dry thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
If nothing else, The American is an antidote to movies like Eat Pray Love, Letters to Juliet, and others in which Americans travel to Italy to rediscover their zest for life. George Clooney portrays the title character, a man l...


More than 39 Steps

The actors do more than just recite lines and block in Stage West's take on a Hitchcock classic.
JIMMY FOWLER
Stage West has never been afraid to set up unique theatrical challenges for its actors. The company’s 2007 production of Marie Jones’ Stones in His Pockets featured two performers playing 15 Irish characters of different ge...



Get Low: Awake at the Wake

Robert Duvall is magnificent in this lightweight period piece.
KRISTIAN LIN
A festival favorite at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca, Get Low finally comes to our theaters this week (specifically, to a regular run at several local theaters –– the film is already playing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort W...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Get Low (PG-13) Robert Duvall stars in Aaron Schneider’s comedy as a 1930s Tennessee hermit who wants to hold a funeral party for himself while he’s still alive. Also with Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Sc...