Posts Tagged ‘films’
Blue Is The Warmest Color opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blue Is the Warmest Color (NC-17) The controversial top-prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Abdellatif Kechiche’s film about a 15-year-old French girl (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who has a torrid affair ...


Keanu Reeves makes his directing debut.

Tiger Burning Bright

A new star, an old discipline, and Keanu Reeves come together in Man of Tai Chi.
KRISTIAN LIN
When you think of t’ai chi, you probably think of old Chinese people in a park making slow, sweeping, graceful movements with their arms. (Maybe this image comes to mind even if you’re of Chinese descent, like me.) In Man o...



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Turkey Time

The animated comedy Free Birds is a real tur … oh, I can’t say it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even with the advent of computers, it takes so much effort by so many people to make an animated film. That’s why even substandard animated films tend to at least have focused stories. That’s not the case with the comedy Fr...


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Eat, Pray, Watch

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It was a bad idea to go see the movie Gravity at the Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th St.). The drive-in is great, but a movie like that needs a more cinematic setting — and one that can’t be ruined by some jerks blaring Tejano ...



The Counselor opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Counselor (R) Cormac McCarthy’s debut as a screenwriter is this Ridley Scott-directed thriller about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets involved in drug-trafficking. Also with Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Ja...


Chiwetel Ejiofor stands up under interrogation by Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave.

We Shall Be Free

12 Years a Slave is terrible, inspirational, devastating, magnificent.
KRISTIAN LIN
I screamed at somebody after I saw 12 Years a Slave. I don’t usually do that after a movie, but this fellow critic just made me furious. “I’m a white Southerner,” she said. “I don’t need to see this.” I’ll admit...



Chloë Grace Moretz wreaks her vengeance on her high-school's senior class in Carrie.

Carrie On

Try watching the new Carrie without preconceptions. It’s hard but worth it.
KRISTIAN LIN
A lot of moviegoers were outraged at the idea of making a second movie version of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. I understand the attachment to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation, but I don’t remember the same outrage greetin...


Carrie opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Carrie (R) The second big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the bullied high-school girl who can move things with her mind. Also with Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubl...



Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl take up a crusade for the truth in The Fifth Estate.

Springing Leaks

Rejoice, Cumberbitches! The leading man is the best thing about The Fifth Estate.
KRISTIAN LIN
Is Julian Assange a hero or a creep? Going into The Fifth Estate, I entertained both opinions about the founder of WikiLeaks. However, this biopic about the polarizing Australian blogger does better than split the difference. I...


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Michael Cain’s New Start

A festival director becomes a movie director with an addiction documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
Longview native Michael Cain remembers the drive-in theater he used to go to when he was a boy, where he saw everything from The Sound of Music to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “I’d watch Bruce Lee movies there, and they int...