Posts Tagged ‘film’
Milla Jovovich find herself a wanted woman in "Survivor."

Just Die Already

We vote the forgettable thriller Survivor off the screen.
Kristian Lin
For some time now, AMC Grapevine Mills (and, to a lesser extent, its sister theater in Arlington’s Parks Mall) has been setting aside a screen or two to show modestly budgeted genre films as a form of counterprogramming to Ho...


Zoë Kravitz and Ethan Hawke take a break from operating drones in Good Kill.

Push Button, End Life

Good Kill is about drone warfare, and all it does is drone.
Kristian Lin
Poor Andrew Niccol. He wants so badly to be that guy, you know? The New Zealand-born filmmaker has been toiling in Hollywood since the 1990s trying to make thrillers that both please the popcorn crowd and give the intellectuals...



In front of monitors forecasting doom, George Clooney and Britt Robertson have it out in Tomorrowland.

Future Passé

Tomorrowland gives a vision of hope that’s as chilling as any dystopia.
Kristian Lin
Back in the self-proclaimed Space Age of the 1950s and ’60s, visions of the future featured lots of clean, shiny cities filled with happy, productive people whose problems had been solved by technology. How do you recapture t...


Giger

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (NR) Belinda Sallin’s documentary profile of the late artist, architect, and Oscar-winning production designer. (Opens Friday in Dallas)  Chronicles of Evil (NR) Baek Woon-hak’s thri...



Echoes of War

Riled Up

Echoes of War tells a modest tale of revenge in rural Texas.
Kristian Lin
Let’s be real here. The main reason the low-budget Western Echoes of War is opening in theaters here is because of the presence of Maika Monroe, the lead actress of this spring’s indie horror hit It Follows who now seems on...


With a faithful border collie, Carey Mulligan surveys her holdings in Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Hardy Girl

Carey Mulligan is phenomenal in this film of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Kristian Lin
Back in 1967, there was a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd. (Note to younger movie fans: Do not confuse the writer with the guy starring in the Mad Max sequel this week. That’s a different ...



Mad Max: Fury Road opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Mad Max: Fury Road (R) The latest installment of George Miller’s postapocalyptic car chase saga stars Tom Hardy as a man running from a dictatorial warlord (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Also with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult...


Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in Clouds of Sils Maria at the Modern.

An Actress Prepares

Fort Worth Weekly
We’ll say it again: Kristen Stewart is really good at acting. If you don’t think so, check her out in Clouds of Sils Maria, in which she portrays a personal assistant to world-famous actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche),...



Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan bond over some product-placed water in "Playing It Cool."

Cliché Written

A lot of stuff happens for no reason in the forced romance Playing It Cool.
Kristian Lin
Back when Chris Evans was starring in inconsequential fare like the Fantastic Four films and The Nanny Diaries, I dismissed him as some lightweight pretty boy. In fact, for longer than I care to admit, I regularly confused him ...


James Marsden and Jack Black make a triumphant entrance at their 20th high school reunion in The D Train.

L.A. Lawless

The D Train is a dull comedy until it gets turned.
Kristian Lin
The uneven career of Jack Black has had some delirious highs (The School of Rock) and gruesome lows (Gulliver’s Travels), but this comic actor has proved his chops often enough to merit serious consideration. (Why no one tout...