Posts Tagged ‘films’
Amy Winehouse in her troubled glory days in Amy.

The Jazz Singer

Amy Winehouse gets a respectful, revealing documentary.
Kristian Lin
I remember the first time I heard Amy Winehouse. I was at a listening booth in a Borders Books & Music — remember those? I’m fuzzy on what made me listen to this CD called Back to Black, but I do recall what impression ...


This thing stalks our heroes through the halls of their high school in "The Gallows."

Hang It

Found-footage horror is played out, but The Gallows still distinguishes itself.
Kristian Lin
Sixteen years later, we’re still living in the shadow of The Blair Witch Project. That found-footage horror film was revolutionary in its day, but somewhat inevitably, its techniques have reached into other genres and become ...



Closer to God opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Closer to God (NR) Billy Senese’s thriller stars Jeremy Childs as a scientist who succeeds in cloning a human baby. Also with Shelean Newman, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, and Isaac Disney. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Fai...


Channing Tatum (second from right) and company are abs-olutely fabulous in Magic Mike XXL.

Go Bigger

Less than its predecessor, Magic Mike XXL still points toward the future.
Kristian Lin
Well, you figured Magic Mike would get a sequel. You figured it would be on a larger scale. You just didn’t figure it would have a prayer of working without Matthew McConaughey. Well, Dallas is gone, and Magic Mike XXL is not...



Hang on, it's yet another Terminator come to snuff out John and Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.

Terminate This

Skynet has gained a tendency to talk too much in this soul-sapping sequel.
Kristian Lin
To: Hollywood studio chiefs CC: James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger Subject: the Terminator movies   Just stop, OK? It’s simply not working. Terminator Genisys is the fifth film in the series, not counting the short-liv...


The Yes Men are Revolting opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Yes Men Are Revolting (NR) The comedy duo stages more public hijinks to draw attention to the environment and corporate greed. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Big Game (PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson stars in this thriller as a ...



Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke prepare to face the cafeteria chaos in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Death by Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes a humorous approach to teen tragedy.
Kristian Lin
With the release of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it has become official: Teen weepers have become self-aware. Took them long enough, too. This movie and last summer’s The Fault in Our Stars are about teenagers dealing with...


Taylor Schilling sees her new friends up to some weird sexual practices in "The Overnight."

Four Play

The Overnight delivers a dose of uncomfortable sex humor.
Kristian Lin
I’ve seen a lot of comedies that take place during a suburban house party, but I’m pretty sure The Overnight is the first one that features its two male stars doing full-frontal nudity at once. This low-budget independent c...



Aloft starring Jennifer Connelly opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Aloft (R) Jennifer Connelly stars in this drama as a woman who encounters the son (Cillian Murphy) whom she abandoned 20 years before. Also with Mélanie Laurent, Oona Chaplin, Ian Tracey, Peter McRobbie, and William Sh...


Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, and Shameik Moore prepare for a wild day after school in Dope.

Malcolm in the Bottoms

Living up to all definitions of its title, Dope will get you high.
Kristian Lin
For all of our society’s shortcomings, we’re in the midst of a golden age of African-American filmmaking right now. There’s a raft of reasons behind this, but it’s no coincidence that Selma and Dear White People and 12 ...