Posts Tagged ‘film’
Song of the Sea

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Song of the Sea (PG) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, this Irish film by Tomm Moore (The Book of Kells) is about a selkie (voiced by Lucy O’Connell) who determines to return her fellow fairy creature...


Still Alice

Losing My Mind

Julianne Moore deserves an Oscar but not for Still Alice.
Kristian Lin
Julianne Moore looks like a mortal lock to pick up an Oscar next week for her performance in Still Alice, an honor that she should have won years ago. I yield to no one in my admiration for this actress, yet I find myself curio...



The Kingsman

My Deadly Valentine

A British spy thriller gets down with its bad self in Kingsman.
Kristian Lin
I see it now. There are two Matthew Vaughns. In one corner, we have Good Boy Matthew Vaughn, the British director who brought icy control and a flair for action to Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class. In the other, we have Bad Bo...


Bugs Bunny takes a starring role in FWMSH’s show about Chuck Jones.

Love Jones

Fort Worth Weekly
If Chuck Jones isn’t an American master, we’re hard-pressed to figure out who is. As an animator for Warner Bros., he created iconic characters like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Pepé Le Pew, and Marvin the Martian w...



Mommy

Beautiful Boy

One-third of the screen yields three times the emotion in the Quebecois drama Mommy.
Kristian Lin
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to someone. Xavier Dolan started out as a child actor in his native Canada, and at 25 his career in front of the camera is still going. However, he has become known to the world as a...


Spongebob

Soak Up the Screen

SpongeBob SquarePants absorbs more laughs in his second movie.
Kristian Lin
I’ll admit this right now: I’ve never seen a single episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. I just never found the time, and my experience of seeing 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie did not encourage me to try it. Now, 10...



Duke of Burgundy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Duke of Burgundy (NR) Like Fifty Shades of Grey, but a lot more lesbic. This drama by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as a lepidopterist who engages in an S&M sexual relation...


CAKE

Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
You may have heard the whispers about a movie called Cake that stars Jennifer Aniston and played at the Toronto Film Festival. The lead actress scored a Golden Globe nomination and campaigned hard for an Oscar nod, and the movi...



01.21.15-WACT

Tricky Therapy

A Weatherford drama school teaches more than just acting.
KRISTIAN LIN W/ PHOTOS BY MEI-CHUN JAU
They don’t waste any time at the Weatherford Acting, Film, and Stunt Academy, known as WACT. When I pay my first visit there on a frigid evening in January, I’m immediately directed to a seat on stage. I’m there to interv...


Top Five opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Top Five (R) Chris Rock writes, directs, and stars in this comedy as a comedian trying to become a serious actor while his fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants to make their wedding the subject of a reality TV show. Also w...