Posts Tagged ‘films’
Chris Hemsworth hangs out with Formula One groupies while Daniel Brühl looks on in Rush.

Need for Speed

Drugs! Sex! Death! Cars! Rush grips the track and glues you to your seat.
KRISTIAN LIN
Many A-list Hollywood-trained directors from the 1980s and ’90s have fallen by the wayside; for every Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow, there’s a Rob Reiner or Penny Marshall. For a while, Ron Howard looked like he was g...


Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow take an exercise break in Central Park in Thanks for Sharing.

Indie Film Roundup

A look at three smaller films landing in Tarrant County multiplexes this week.
KRISTIAN LIN
Once again, a crop of low-budget films finds its way into our multiplexes this week for our edification. You might well turn to these films for a respite after an exhausting summer filled with one blockbuster after another, but...



"The Family" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Family (R) Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star in Luc Besson’s comic thriller as the heads of a Mafia family who are relocated to the south of France by the U.S. federal witness protection program. Also wit...


Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon hang out on the porch in Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

A Death in the Family

Billy Bob Thornton makes a shaky return to directing with Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 1996, when Sling Blade came out, not only had no one heard of Billy Bob Thornton, the whole concept of regional cinema hadn’t been developed yet. Independent filmmaking was still centered largely in New York, which me...



Keri Russell and JJ Feild dance a minuet in a drawing room that's not in 19th-century England in "Austenland."

Jane Addiction

Another clumsy comedy comes up short of a Jane Austen experience in Austenland.
KRISTIAN LIN
The devotion of Jane Austen’s fanbase can be measured in how many movies have been inspired by her work. I don’t mean just straightforward adaptations of her novels but also fractured takes on those novels (Clueless), fanci...


"This is the End" re-opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: This Is the End (R) Uproarious. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all portray themselves as self-absorbed weenies who hole up in Franco’s Hollywood mansion when the...



Jennifer Hudson rallies supporters against apartheid South Africa in Winnie Mandela.

Amandla!

A living subject gives the biopic Winnie Mandela its biggest problems.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biography Winnie Mandela was made back in 2010, but it’s probably coming to local theaters now because Nelson Mandela is approaching the end of his life. (The great leader is getting his own biographical film later this y...


Eric Bana arranges a clandestine rendezvous at a crowded Wembley Stadium in Closed Circuit.

I’ll Be Watching You

A terrorist’s lawyers can’t escape the British government’s eyes in Closed Circuit.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paranoid political thrillers crested in the 1970s, but I’m looking forward to a new wave of them inspired by the revelations by Edward Snowden and others about the extent to which our digital trails are being snooped on. Perh...



Closed Circuit now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Closed Circuit (R) Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star in this thriller as exes who find themselves under government surveillance when they become defense lawyers for a suspected terrorist (Denis Moschitto). Also with Jim ...


A somewhat sober Miles Teller assists on Shailene Woodley’s paper route in The Spectacular Now.

Teenage Drink

Great actors generate buzz in The Spectacular Now.
KRISTIAN LIN
As alcoholism dramas go, last week’s offering, The World’s End, is a hard act to follow. If The Spectacular Now isn’t as powerful or as funny, this brilliantly acted film is still the best teen flick I’ve seen all year,...