Posts Tagged ‘film’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: House of Pleasures (NR) Bertrand Bonello’s film set at a Parisian brothel in decline at the beginning of the 20th century. Starring Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca, Adele Haenel, Alice Barnole, Iliana ...


Sex, Shame, and Tears

Michael Fassbender makes this addiction drama potent stuff.
KRISTIAN LIN
Other actors were onscreen a lot in 2011 — Jessica Chastain, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rutger Hauer (five movies, look it up!) — but none of them had as fruitful a year as Michael Fassbender. Just three years ago, the hands...



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: When You’re Smiley…

…the whole world lies to you in this hallowed British spy thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve heard complaints about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from those who haven’t read the John le Carré novel on which it’s based or seen the celebrated 1979 BBC TV miniseries adaptation of it. Newcomers find the current fil...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sleeping Beauty (R) The filmmaking debut of Australian novelist Julia Leigh stars Emily Browning as a high-priced prostitute who allows male clients to indulge their fantasies with her while she’s asleep. Also with R...



Top 10 Movies of 2011

Foreigners trump Americans at the theaters this year.
KRISTIAN LIN
Do better next year, Hollywood. That’s how I feel as I look back on the movies of 2011. American films dominated my Top 10 lists the last two years, but this year both Hollywood and the indies consistently fell short, their b...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Artist (PG-13) Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film stars Jean Dujardin as a 1920s silent-movie star who resists the change to sound films. Also with Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, ...



Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 21 The last of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s holiday-themed concerts is this evening when the von Trapp Children, the great-grandchildren of the real-life inspiration for The Sound of Music, join the orchestra to pe...


Dragon Tattoo Redo

Stieg Larsson’s thriller gets a proper big-screen treatment.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ever since Stieg Larsson’s flawed but highly addictive Swedish-language Millennium trilogy exploded into the English-speaking world, movie fans have been waiting for a Hollywood big-screen adaptation of those crime thrillers....



We Bought a Zoo: Animal House

Like his hero, a filmmaker tries to find a new purpose.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are two ways to evaluate Cameron Crowe’s family-friendly new film We Bought a Zoo. One is by the standards of other PG-rated Hollywood movies that revolve around cute animals. By that measure, this is a drama that deals...


Two by Spielberg

The director adapts children’s books. One comes out well.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only a filmmaker of Steven Spielberg’s stature could convince two rival Hollywood studios to put out two films by him in the same week, and during Christmas, no less. The Adventures of Tintin is based specifically on three 19...