Posts Tagged ‘film’

Prisoners’ Dilemmas

Spielberg and the Coens team up for the big, underwhelming Bridge of Spies.
Kristian Lin
Steven Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies from a script that was co-written by the Coen brothers. Not so long ago, these filmmakers seemed to be diametrical opposites: Spielberg was the representative of Hollywood’s old guard...


Street Life

Despite its miscasting, Time Out of Mind is a rare successful movie about the homeless.
Kristian Lin
Richard Gere shouldn’t play a homeless person. Let’s just say that off the bat. He gives it a good try in Time Out of Mind, which oddly enough opens only in Burleson this weekend. He grows out his hair and several days’ w...

Beasts of No Nation opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Beasts of No Nation (R) Cary Joji Fukunaga (TV’s True Detective) adapts Uzodinma Iweala’s novel about a 14-year-old boy (Abraham Attah) who’s drafted into a civil war in an unnamed African country. Also with Idris...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Final Girls (PG-13) Taissa Farmiga stars in this horror-comedy as a woman who reunites with her deceased actress mother (Malin Akerman) when she’s magically pulled into a slasher movie that her mother starred in. ...


A Girl Stands Up

Malala Yousafzai gets a turn in the spotlight in this documentary.
Kristian Lin
We all know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun girl from northeastern Pakistan who was shot in the head three years ago this week by the Taliban for defying their ban on girls going to school. She recovered to advocate ...

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon eyeball a potential new property in 99 Homes.

Off Keys

A promising director derails with the housing-crisis thriller 99 Homes.
Kristian Lin
I liked Ramin Bahrani’s movies much better when they weren’t about white people. The 40-year-old North Carolina native of Iranian descent began his career making terrific micro-budget movies about immigrants in America, whe...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Goodnight Mommy (R) This Austrian horror film stars Elias and Lukas Schwarz as twin brothers who no longer recognize their mother (Susanne Wuest) after she gets cosmetic surgery. Also with Hans Escher. (Opens Friday in ...


Leave One Man Behind

The Martian is the Apollo 13 of our generation.
Kristian Lin
Of late, directors the caliber of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird have made science-fiction spectacles engineered to lift our spirits and turn our faces to the skies again but only wound up falling on their faces in Interstella...

Emily Blunt's job takes her to a dark place in "Sicario."

Blunt Force

Sinister and gritty, Sicario is a laudable thriller of the drug war.
Kristian Lin
Emily Blunt is on some kind of tear. We used to think of her as some proper English rose living among unthreatening romantic comedies, but that was before she turned herself into an action heroine in Edge of Tomorrow and proved...


Windsor a Winner?

The Lone Star Film Society’s new director Chad Mathews says he loves Fort Worth. How deep is his love? We’ll soon find out. The TCU grad jumped at the chance to lead the film society after previous administrators resigned t...