Posts Tagged ‘films’
"Mud" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Mud (PG-13) Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) writes and directs this thriller about two 14-year-old boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) who meet a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) by the Mississippi River and help him elude...


Side Effects re-opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Side Effects (R) Steven Soderbergh’s clever thriller stars Rooney Mara as a suicidal woman whose struggles with depression overwhelm her when her husband (Channing Tatum) returns home from prison. Mara does her best ...



Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck share one of many pensive moments in To the Wonder.

To the Wonder: Into Thin Air

Terrence Malick’s latest is a transcendent bore.
KRISTIAN LIN
Did we overrate Terrence Malick, or is he just regressing to the mean after The Tree of Life? Anyone who saw his Oscar-nominated cultural touchstone from two years ago will readily recognize the hallmarks of his style in his la...


Chris O'Dowd presents Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Jessica Mauboy, and Miranda Tapsell in "The Sapphires."

Soul Sapphires

Aboriginal singers (and one Irish guy) distinguish this Down Under musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ah, Chris O’Dowd! Whether you loved him in Bridesmaids or detested him on TV’s Girls, you’ve probably been amused by the antics of this lumpen 33-year-old Irishman with the blocky physique, close-set eyes, and delightful ...



The Company You Keep opens Friday.

Filml Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Company You Keep (R) Robert Redford directs and stars in this thriller as a former 1960s Weather Underground terrorist who’s forced to run from the law after a young journalist (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his identity...


Ryan Gosling prepares to rob a bank on his motorcycle in The Place Beyond the Pines.

Beyond the Pines: Fathers and Sons

Generations marked by crime and justice concern this big, flawed drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I hate to agree with the consensus, but sometimes there’s just nowhere else to go. Three years ago, Derek Cianfrance made a magnificent filmmaking debut with Blue Valentine, his study of a marriage’s beginning and ending. H...



Chadwick Boseman receives his numbered Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in "42."

42: Mister Robinson

A sports hero gets a much blander biopic than he deserves.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jackie Robinson’s story was already made into a rather amateurish movie in 1950, with the Dodgers’ infielder and civil rights pioneer portraying himself. It needed a new treatment, an epic canvas befitting a chapter of base...


Stephen Dorff stars as a reluctant hitman in David Jacobson’s thriller.

Florence Nightingale

Heavy themes weigh down the portentous road trip thriller Tomorrow You’re Gone.
KRISTIAN LIN
Lacking much in the way of star power, Tomorrow You’re Gone might well be a mystery to audiences when it opens this Friday in Grapevine. I wish I could say that the low-budget entry balances thrills and gravitas well enough t...



G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) The sequel to the 2010 action movie has the remnants of the commando force being hunted by their own government after the president (Jonathan Pryce) is kidnapped and replaced by a master o...


Maritza Santiago Hernandez braids Abbie Cornish's hair in "The Girl."

Watch the Woman, Not The Girl

This border drama boasts a better lead performance than it merits.
KRISTIAN LIN
Abbie Cornish is from Australia, and yet something about her makes filmmakers think of Texas. The blonde, apple-cheeked beauty already played a small-town Texas girl in Stop-Loss, and now she returns to the Lone Star State in T...