Posts Tagged ‘films’
Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds pose in front of Gustav Klimt’s masterwork in Woman in Gold.

Das Bild

Woman in Gold turns a great Nazi art story into a museum piece.
Kristian Lin
The story of how the Nazis looted Europe’s storehouses of art masterpieces is a compelling one, whose salient details only came to light within the last few decades. It should make for a terrific movie. People are trying to m...

Effie Gray opens Friday at Harkins Cine Capri Southlake.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Effie Gray (PG-13) Dakota Fanning stars in this biography of the 19th-century Englishwoman and her attempts to free herself from a sexless marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). Also with Emma Thompson, Tom Stu...

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (NR) Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) stars in David Zellner’s drama as a Japanese woman who travels to Minnesota to search for the buried treasure from Fargo, believing that the Coen brothers’ film...


Out of Faction

Insurgent epitomizes the glass ceiling of girl blockbusters.
Kristian Lin
Example No. 54,903,812 of the movie industry’s glass ceiling: While Hollywood is coming around at a snail’s pace to the idea that a fantasy-adventure blockbuster franchise can still make giant piles of money if the main cha...


Death on the Wheel

Shakespeare meets Sons of Anarchy in this sterile update of Cymbeline.
Kristian Lin
I can’t get enough of Shakespeare’s so-called “problem plays” like Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and Cymbeline, and I’m always eager to see what directors on theater or film can make of these puzzling, har...

Metalhead opens Friday in Dallas

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Metalhead (NR) Ragnar Bragason’s drama stars Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir as a 1980s Icelandic teenager whose grief over her dead brother leads her to become a fan of death metal music. Also with Ingvar Eggert Sig...

The Walking Deceased

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening  The Walking Deceased (NR) Yes, it’s about zombies. Tim Ogletree stars in this spoof as a police officer who wakes from a coma to find himself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Also with Joey Oglesby, Dave Sher...

Run All Night

Red-Eye Flight

Liam Neeson runs out of juice in Run All Night.
Kristian Lin
We need to pull the plug on this — Liam Neeson’s whole act is starting to get embarrassing. The Northern Irishman caught a second wind in 2008 when he starred in Taken, bringing his Schindler’s List gravitas to a crappy g...

These Final Hours.

At the End of the Day

These Final Hours sees the world’s end from the suburbs of Western Australia.
Kristian Lin
Remember this name: Zak Hilditch. You’ll probably be hearing it again soon. That’s because filmmakers who can convincingly evoke the apocalypse on a small budget usually get called by Hollywood to do the same thing on a muc...

The cast kicks up their heels at a wedding dance at the end of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Second Best Indeed

The Exotic Marigold Hotel extends its stay. We don’t get much out of it.
Kristian Lin
I was lukewarm on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it opened two summers ago, so you probably won’t be surprised that I had a similar reaction to its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not terrible by any str...