Posts Tagged ‘films’
Nicholas Hoult scales unimagined heights in Jack the Giant Slayer.

Jacked Up

Bryan Singer comes back with this smarter-than-usual fairy tale movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I went to Jack the Giant Slayer to find out what the hell happened to Bryan Singer. Ten years ago, he was one of Hollywood’s hottest directors, after breaking through with the ingenious The Usual Suspects (1995) and then scor...


The Playroom opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENINGS: The Playroom (NR) This Dallas-filmed drama stars John Hawkes and Molly Parker as alcoholic parents who carry on a night of drinking in their home while their children tell stories in the attic. Also with Olivia Harris...



Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert cast a look at the road out of town in Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Creatures: Good Witch of the South

A popular teen novel becomes this uneven, funny movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I wasn’t overly impressed when I read Beautiful Creatures, the popular young-adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So I was delighted to find myself thoroughly enjoying the movie version, or at least the first half o...


Rooney Mara tries to keep it together at a ritzy party with Channing Tatum in Side Effects.

Side Effects: Magic Pill

Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller defies your early diagnosis.
KRISTIAN LIN
Warning: This review gives away a major plot twist in the film. Do not read after the spoiler alert if you wish to be surprised.   An early front-runner for the best movie of 2013, Side Effects is a bit of a throwback. It ...



Emad Burnat examines 5 Broken Cameras at Thin Line Film Fest.

What’s Up? Docs!

KRISTIAN LIN
Absorbing documentary films never seem to be in short supply, and this year’s Thin Line Film Fest offers an exciting new crop, starting this weekend in Denton. The centerpiece figures to be Emad Burnat’s 5 Broken Cameras, n...


"Sound City" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sound City (NR) Dave Grohl’s documentary about the studio in Van Nuys, Calif., where Nevermind and many other famous rock albums were recorded. Also with Frank Black, Lindsey Buckingham, Rivers Cuomo, Mick Fleetwood,...



Nicholas Hoult ponders his place in Darwinian theory in Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies: My Heart Skips a Beat

This zombie comedy has a lot of talent, but it’s the wrong kind.
KRISTIAN LIN
The field is unexpectedly crowded when it comes to zombie movies that are funny. If Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies falls short of the magnificent standard set by Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombi...


Christopher Walken and Al Pacino re-enact old times in "Stand Up Guys."

Stand Up Guys: Last Valentine

Pacino and Walken form a disappointing partnership in this mob drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
To be clear, Stand Up Guys is not about comedians telling jokes in nightclubs. Instead, it’s a shaggy drama about two retired New Jersey mobsters facing their mortality. More to the point, it’s a vehicle for two brilliant l...



Emmanuelle Riva plays piano in her home before illness strikes in Amour.

Amour, Quartet: Old Wave

Two movies about seniors (and classical music) redress the balance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Movies tend to neglect seniors as subjects. This is neither a recent phenomenon, nor is it a Hollywood thing. Filmmakers and audiences everywhere have been entranced by the passions of youth or the assurance of vigorous middle ...


Mama opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Mama (PG-13) Jessica Chastain stars in this horror flick as a woman whose husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) takes in his two feral nieces (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse) after they’re discovered living alone ...