Posts Tagged ‘films’
Mark Wahlberg tries to make it out of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor.

SEALs on the Ground

Lone Survivor shows Peter Berg in need of a new act.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m trying to figure out whether Peter Berg is a formerly promising filmmaker who has turned into a hack, or if that early promise was all in my head. I dismissed his critical and commercial flop from last year, Battleship, a...


"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R) Andrew Jacobs stars in the fifth installment of the found-footage horror series. Also with Molly Ephraim, Richard Cabral, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Jorge Diaz, Micah ...



Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the best film of 2013, 12 Years a Slave.

Top 10 Movies of ’13

America comes back in a major way in this year’s list.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s how strong 2013’s movies were: Nebraska, Enough Said, The East, and The Wolf of Wall Street aren’t even cracking my honorable mention list, and they’re really good films. By the same token, the fact that Before M...


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (PG-13) Idris Elba stars in this biopic of the late South African leader. Also with Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Simo Mogwaza, Fana Mokoena, and Terry Pheto. (Op...



North Texas actor Frank Mosley lives off the land in Nelson’s feature debut, Some Beasts.

Some Beasts: Land to Celluloid

Fort Worth filmmaker Cameron Bruce Nelson makes his feature debut.
JIMMY FOWLER
In 2009 writer-director Cameron Bruce Nelson moved to Fort Worth to marry his longtime girlfriend, after a three-year post-college stint working on an organic farm in Virginia as a kind of sabbatical. Nelson, who had studied an...


Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill try to keep it together after consuming lots of drugs in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Jordan Rules

Leonardo DiCaprio is really funny (wait … what?) in The Wolf of Wall Street.
KRISTIAN LIN
This I know about The Wolf of Wall Street: It’s not Martin Scorsese’s best movie, but it’s certainly his funniest. It really is a shame that this movie comes out one week after American Hustle, another period film about c...



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Daydream Believer

Ben Stiller searches for the essence of Life in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
KRISTIAN LIN
A highly likable movie that comes up short of its aims, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty bears little resemblance to the James Thurber short story that it’s based on and even less to the 1947 musical film starring Danny Kaye. ...


"Anchorman: The Legend Continues" opens Wednesday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Anchorman: The Legend Continues (PG-13) Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell return for this sequel to the 2004 comedy hit. Also with Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Vince Vaughn, ...



Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks".

Making Mary

Saving Mr. Banks does a Mickey Mouse job with Disney’s history.
KRISTIAN LIN
Saving Mr. Banks is a lie. I don’t mean in the film-school sense that all movies (even documentaries) are fictions constructed by an author. No, this bland period drama is an aggressive attempt by the Disney Corporation to wh...


Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper are dressed for a con game in American Hustle.

Hustle and Russell

Just try to keep the lies straight in the wild caper flick American Hustle.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some caper films are sleek humming machines, but American Hustle is by David O. Russell, which means that it lurches and veers and speeds recklessly through hairpin turns. He used to go years between projects, but the resurgent...