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Michael and Lisa lie on a hotel bed during a brief encounter in Anomalisa.

Masked and Anomalous

The animated Anomalisa vividly illustrates a mid-life crisis.
Kristian Lin
It so happens that this week’s Film page features two movies that played at last November’s Lone Star Film Festival. Carol was the main attraction there, but the closing selection was Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated film ...


Mustang plays at the Modern, Fri-Sun.

Unbroken Horses

Fort Worth Weekly
Why did France submit an entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar that was filmed in Turkey and performed entirely in Turkish? Writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven was born in Ankara but emigrated to France as a girl. Her debut fi...



Carol

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Carol (R) Based on a novel by Fort Worth’s Patricia Highsmith, this romance is about an aspiring photographer (Rooney Mara) who falls in love with an older woman (Cate Blanchett) in the 1950s. Also with Sarah Paulson,...


Leonardo DiCaprio wanders the West looking for revenge in The Revenant.

Unbreakable Glass

The Revenant looks awesome, but looks can be deceiving.
Kristian Lin
Look, I get why people are losing their minds over The Revenant. It looks amazing and has much else to recommend it besides. Still, it’s a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who hasn’t been content merely to tell a st...



Samuel L. Jackson is one of many unsavory characters in "The Hateful Eight."

Despicable We

Quentin Tarantino marks time in his devilish Western The Hateful Eight.
Kristian Lin
The first thing you’ll see in The Hateful Eight is an overture. It’s a title card shown over several minutes’ worth of mood-setting music by spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone. A holdover from opera and ballet, ov...


Sebastião Salgado’s photographs are spotlighted in The Salt of the Earth.

Best Documentaries of 2015

Rounding up the nonfiction film achievements of the past year.
Kristian Lin
You may have noticed that I didn’t include any documentaries when I ran my list of 2015’s best movies last week. I’m never sure how to evaluate documentaries alongside fiction films — comparing fiction movies to one ano...



The Danish Girl opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Danish Girl (R) A shapeless lump. This biopic of Einar Wegener a.k.a. Lili Elbe, one of the first men to undergo sexual reassignment surgery, is easil the weakest outing ever by director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)...


Taxi

The Top 10

A feminine tinge comes to our best movies of 2015.
Kristian Lin
This year’s movies brought us Life, Love, Youth, and Joy, as well as a bunch of films about women that wound up dominating this list. I didn’t set out to do that. It just happened. Hollywood makes most of its movies about m...



hateful8

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Hateful Eight (R) Quentin Tarantino’s latest Western stars Kurt Russell as a bounty hunter transporting a captured outlaw (Jennifer Jason Leigh) when a snowstorm traps them at a store filled with killers. Also wit...


Joy to the world! Jennifer Lawrence celebrates the holiday under fake snow.

Christmas Movie Roundup

Reviews of Joy, The Big Short, and The Danish Girl.
Kristian Lin
As is the case most Christmases, this week has tons of movies dropping into the multiplexes for the holiday, so I’m publishing a guide to the most notable ones. You cannot ever relax around Jennifer Lawrence. She’s always b...