Posts Tagged ‘films’
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)...


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...


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...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening He Never Died (R) Henry Rollins stars in this horror-comedy as a depressive man who can’t be killed. Also with Booboo Stewart, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, and Jordan Todosey. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Alvin and the Ch...


Show of Force

The Star Wars series returns much better, thanks to a new director.
Kristian Lin
I think I’ve been resisting the Star Wars hype pretty well. While people around me have been holding their breath for the better part of a year waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my anticipation was cooled considerably...


Fair Is Foul

Michael Fassbender mopes his way through the interesting failure Macbeth.
Kristian Lin
Some otherwise rational people think that there’s a curse over Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and one piece of evidence they have is that so many great actors have suffered critical and financial failure playing the Scottish usurpe...


Here Come the Hardys

A British actor gets a double showcase in the otherwise dreary Legend.
Kristian Lin
You can see the reasoning behind Legend. In casting Tom Hardy as the identical twin brothers who ran London’s organized crime scene in the 1960s, writer-director Brian Helgeland must have felt like the movie was going to make...