Posts Tagged ‘films’
James Wan loves him some creepy dolls in The Conjuring.

Conjuring Frights

It’s not perfect, but James Wan’s new horror film will turn your hair white.
STEVE STEWARD
Having apparently wrung every last drop of blood and cash from the Rube Goldberg-ian torture porn of the Saw franchise, director James Wan has turned his attention to scaring the bejesus out of nice families, first with the 201...


Sam Rockwell and Liam James ponder the next stage of life at an oceanside water park in The Way, Way Back.

Duncan in Water

Rookie directors make The Way, Way Back into a solid comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Expanding into Tarrant County this week, the agreeable summer comedy The Way, Way Back begins with Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old from Albany, in the last place he wants to be: in the back seat of a station wagon driven by ...



Pacific Rim opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pacific Rim (PG-13) Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs this science-fiction thriller about a group of humans who build giant robots to battle alien invaders. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ch...


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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

The crowd goes wild, but maybe you had to be there.
STEVE STEWARD
Is comedian Kevin Hart big enough to fill Madison Square Garden? Because I honestly had no idea who he was until I saw his mockumentary, Let Me Explain, at which point I thought, “Oh, he’s the guy who kicked Aziz Ansari in ...



Michael Polley goes to work as an actor while his daughter Sarah looks on in Stories We Tell.

Lies My Mother Told Me

Sarah Polley’s meta-documentary asks how we tell the Stories We Tell.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sarah Polley was the It Girl of independent cinema in the late 1990s. The small, serious, fiercely intelligent native of Toronto was still a teenager when she gave unignorable performances in films such as The Sweet Hereafter, ...


The Way, Way Back opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Way, Way Back (PG-13) Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) make their directing debut with this comedy about a teenage boy (Liam James) who comes of age by befriending a water park manager (Sam Rockwell...



Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer try to catch up with the bad guys’ train car in The Lone Ranger.

Ay! Oh, Silver!

The Lone Ranger trips over its ambitions and goes flying.
KRISTIAN LIN
The most fascinating bad movie of the summer, The Lone Ranger is out to do far more than simply revive the character created as part of a radio serial in 1933. This blockbuster aims to acknowledge the genocide of Native America...


Gru tries to get his minions back to work in Despicable Me 2.

Gru Some More

The minions and their gags walk off with Despicable Me 2.
KRISTIAN LIN
Most of the creative personnel from Despicable Me have carried over to the sequel, Despicable Me 2, so we shouldn’t be surprised to find this second adventure to be more of the same. Like the $250 million hit from two years a...



20 Feet From Stardom opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: 20 Feet From Stardom (PG-13) Morgan Neville’s documentary profiles five women (Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, and Tatá Vega) who have spent their careers as backup singers in the music in...


Amy Acker (under counter) hides from her friends’ conversation about her love life in Much Ado About Nothing.

Malibu Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing: the best romantic comedy of 2013 (and 1598).
KRISTIAN LIN
The story instantly passed into legend among both comic book geeks and theater geeks: After wrapping shooting on The Avengers in 2011, Joss Whedon was supposed to go on a two-week vacation in Italy with his family. Instead, wit...