Posts Tagged ‘film’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Shame (NC-17) Michael Fassbender stars in Steve McQueen’s drama about a New Yorker whose struggles with sex addiction come to a head when his sister (Carey Mulligan) visits him. Also with James Badge Dale and Nicole ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Young Goethe in Love (NR) This German film by Philipp Stölzl (North Face) stars Alexander Fehling as the 23-year-old aspiring poet in 1772 who falls for a woman (Miriam Stein) who’s engaged to someone else. Also wit...



Hugo, Marilyn: Blasts From the Past

Glories of cinema history come to life in these two films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This season seems to have brought us a lot of filmmakers reaching into cinema’s distant past for stories. My Week With Marilyn takes its cue from the 1950s, while Hugo goes back to the very beginnings of film, and the upcomin...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: My Week With Marilyn (R) Simon Curtis’ dramatization of the uneasy collaboration between Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) on the 1956 film The Prince and the Showgirl, seen th...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Descendants (R) George Clooney stars in Alexander Payne’s adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel about a wealthy Hawaii lawyer trying to raise his daughters in the aftermath of a boating accident that left his...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 16 “I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.” During a golden age of English comedy, George Farquhar’s farce The Beaux’ Stratagem was one of its greatest lights. Sadly, the Irish playwright was ...



Disney Finds Sonny

For his first feature, Fort Worth’s Andrew Disney conjures up “slacker noir.”
JIMMY FOWLER
There are a lot of ways you could describe Searching for Sonny, the debut feature from writer-director and Fort Worth native Andrew Disney. The movie concerns a chronic underachiever who gets pulled into a series of bizarre eve...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Immortals (R) Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) directs this epic starring Henry Cavill as Theseus, a mortal picked by the Greek gods to stop an evil king (Mickey Rourke) from destroying the human race. Also with Steph...



J. Edgar: Hoover Ville

An FBI director’s fascinating life turns into this dull biopic.
KRISTIAN LIN
Mark Harris recently wrote that while film critics often slam a movie whose directors and/or actors are better than its weak script, those same critics hardly ever claim the reverse, that a movie’s great script is butchered b...


Lone Star Power

Big Ticket
We wondered how Lone Star International Film Festival would fare now that it’s no longer the new kid on the block. Well, this year LSIFF has rounded up its most prestigious lineup yet, giving us a chance to see some entries t...