Posts Tagged ‘film’
Joy to the world! Jennifer Lawrence celebrates the holiday under fake snow.

Christmas Movie Roundup

Reviews of Joy, The Big Short, and The Danish Girl.
Kristian Lin
As is the case most Christmases, this week has tons of movies dropping into the multiplexes for the holiday, so I’m publishing a guide to the most notable ones. You cannot ever relax around Jennifer Lawrence. She’s always b...


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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening He Never Died (R) Henry Rollins stars in this horror-comedy as a depressive man who can’t be killed. Also with Booboo Stewart, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, and Jordan Todosey. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Alvin and the Ch...



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Show of Force

The Star Wars series returns much better, thanks to a new director.
Kristian Lin
I think I’ve been resisting the Star Wars hype pretty well. While people around me have been holding their breath for the better part of a year waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my anticipation was cooled considerably...


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Fair Is Foul

Michael Fassbender mopes his way through the interesting failure Macbeth.
Kristian Lin
Some otherwise rational people think that there’s a curse over Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and one piece of evidence they have is that so many great actors have suffered critical and financial failure playing the Scottish usurpe...



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Here Come the Hardys

A British actor gets a double showcase in the otherwise dreary Legend.
Kristian Lin
You can see the reasoning behind Legend. In casting Tom Hardy as the identical twin brothers who ran London’s organized crime scene in the 1960s, writer-director Brian Helgeland must have felt like the movie was going to make...


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Career Move

Jeremy Lanning aims to film his noir thriller in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
Jeremy Lanning always knew he was going to join the military. “It felt like something I was supposed to do,” said the 41-year-old Fort Worthian. “And nothing interested me more than the helping professions. I wanted to wo...



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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening In the Heart of the Sea (PG-13) Chris Hemsworth stars in Ron Howard’s thriller based on the real 1820s incident about a group of Nantucket whalers stranded at sea for 90 days after their ship was sunk by a whale. Also...


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The Way They Were

A once-lost silent film tied to Quanah Parker’s legacy is a bittersweet gem.
Karen Gavis
White Eagle has fallen for the Daughter of Dawn. But the prettiest child of the Kiowa chief has more than one suitor. Black Wolf, despite Red Wing’s love and devotion, can offer plenty of ponies to the beautiful maiden’s fa...



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This My City

Chi-Raq: Make love, not … actually, don’t make love either.
Kristian Lin
Satire has been an element of Spike Lee’s filmmaking since the beginning. Caricatures, heightened reality, and subversive jokes aimed at all manner of targets have popped up all through his early films like She’s Gotta Have...


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Shadow Writer

The cast enlivens the otherwise flat Hollywood biopic Trumbo.
Kristian Lin
Dalton Trumbo was, to use an overexposed word, a hero. His life may never have been in grave peril, but after the Oscar-winning screenwriter was blacklisted from Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee, he conti...