Posts Tagged ‘films’
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 ...


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville handle a big-ass gun in The Last Stand.

Last Stand: Defending the Border

Ah-nuld’s return to the big screen makes him look past it.
KRISTIAN LIN
With the release of The Last Stand this week, a Korean wave finally reaches our shores. Much the way a trio of talented and mutually supportive Mexican filmmakers shook up Hollywood some 10 years ago, three South Korean directo...



The artist's "Ophelia" on display in "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters."

Gregory Crewdson: Motionless Pictures

This documentary follows a photographer and his elaborate suburban tableaux.
KRISTIAN LIN
For whatever reason, 2012 has yielded a bumper crop of documentary films about prominent artists: Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, and Gerhard Richter have all seen their work showcased on the big screen this past year. Why not? It...


Zero Dark Thirty opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Zero Dark Thirty (R) Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Édgar Ramírez, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, ...



Anna Karenina now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
NOW PLAYING: Anna Karenina (R) Joe Wright turns Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece into a shallow, gimmicky movie that stars Keira Knightley as the married 19th-century Russian princess who torches her social status and her family by ...


Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx ride the wild South in Django Unchained.

Django Unchained: I’m No Slave 4 U

Southern slaveowners are killed wholesale in Tarantino’s rip-snorting Western.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg put out Lincoln, a movie about the evils of slavery. Predictably, he took a serious, high-minded approach to the issue. This Christmas, Quentin Tarantino also has released a movie on slavery, and ju...



Rust and Bones opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rust and Bone (R) Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) adapts Craig Davidson’s short stories into this French-language romance between a Belgian MMA fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard)...


Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd face the middle of their lives in This Is 40.

Spawn of Knocked Up

Judd Apatow’s fingerprints are all over this week’s comedies.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the one hand, Judd Apatow may just be the defining comic genius of our generation. As a producer, he has discovered and nurtured so many talented actors, writers, and directors that his influence is to be found in places as ...