Posts Tagged ‘film reviews’
Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson celebrate a high-school triumph in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Wallflower: End of the Tunnel

A beloved teen novel’s author turns it into a great teen movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Stephen Chbosky’s coming-of-age novelette The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a huge hit when it was published in 1999, and the author received numerous offers to turn the book into a film. However, Chbosky held out because h...


Compliance opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Compliance (R) This film by Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound) is about a mysterious prank caller who induces a fast-food outlet manager (Ann Dowd) to inflict a series of humiliations on her employee (Dreama Walker). A...



Alcoholics Anonymous founder William Wilson relaxes in his study in "Bill W."

Bill W.: Demon Drink

AA’s founder is the subject of this complex, nuanced documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
The title of Bill W. refers to William G. Wilson, the former Wall Street securities analyst who lost his livelihood to alcoholism and the Great Depression and went on to found Alcoholics Anonymous. This documentary about his li...


Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Kirsten Dunst tote a trash bag holding a ripped wedding dress around the streets of Manhattan in "Bachelorette."

Bachelorette: Maids of Dishonor

Horrid girls misbehave in this comedy, and you can’t look away.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember that post-Bridesmaids wave of ill-behaved female humor that I mentioned last week? It reaches high tide this week with Bachelorette, a comedy that is also about a bunch of bridesmaids and features one of the same actor...



Zoe Saldana provides Bradley Cooper with some inspiration in The Words.

Hollywood Words

There’s nothing particularly writerly about this bland psychological thriller.
ZACK SHLACHTER
For a film about writers, The Words isn’t particularly well written. Scripted and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, the movie features a familiar plotline: A struggling novelist stumbles on an unpublished manuscrip...


Cosmopolis opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cosmopolis (R) David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel stars Robert Pattinson as a young financier whose world comes apart as he rides in a stretch limo across Manhattan for a haircut. Also with Juliet...



Henry Thomas stars as Hank Williams in The Last Ride opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Last Ride (PG-13) Henry Thomas stars in this drama as country music legend Hank Williams, who in 1952 hires a local teenager (Jesse James) to drive him to his last concerts. Also with Fred Dalton Thompson, Kaley Cu...


FWSO violist Laura Bruton and cellist Leda Larson discuss the viola that has a history with both of them in Laura and Leda: The Story of Jerome, the first installment of Erik Clapp’s series.

Symphonic Shorts

The FWSO’s players get solos in some short films online.
KRISTIAN LIN
“As far as I know, we’re the first ones,” said Paul Unger. The 43-year-old bassist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was referring to the series of short documentary films that he has made along with filmmaker Erik Cl...



Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard take in the latest speed bump on their trip to L.A. in "Hit & Run."

Hit & Run: Dax a Lot

A Shepard leads his flock in this interesting, forgettable hybrid.
KRISTIAN LIN
Dax Shepard became famous as one of Ashton Kutcher’s crew of pranksters on the now-defunct TV show Punk’d before settling into a career of playing loudmouthed jerks in middling-to-bad comedy films. (I haven’t seen him on ...


The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Timothy Green: Autumn Leaves

A kid grows from a garden in this strange, uneven fable.
KRISTIAN LIN
The word “odd” is entirely appropriate in the title of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. This family-oriented movie has the bad luck to come to us just one week after Ruby Sparks, another magic-realist fable about a person who...