Posts Tagged ‘films’
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo! These girls look good. Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick, and Alexis Knapp in "Pitch Perfect."

Pitch Perfect: College Notes

It’s the Bring It On of a cappella singing competitions!
KRISTIAN LIN
Between Glee, YouTube, and TV’s various singing competition shows, our pop culture is awash in cover songs like never before. That’s why the spectacle of a bunch of mostly white college girls covering Blackstreet’s “No ...


Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal show off a gold-plated AK-47 in "End of Watch".

End of Watch: Partners Against Crime

Old-school good acting redeems this new-jack buddy cop thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
End of Watch is the third in a string of look-at-me-I’m-so-gritty dramas about Los Angeles cops directed by David Ayer. This one is different, partly because it’s shot in a found-footage style but mostly because it’s actu...



Joaquin Phoenix lounges on an aircraft carrier in The Master.

Master: Almighty Dodd

P.T. Anderson offers us cult comfort in this drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Bear with me here. I write this review a scant hour or so after watching Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and like most of Anderson’s films, it tends to resist straightforward analysis. As with Anderson’s previous work,...


Stolen opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Stolen (R) Nicolas Cage stars in this thriller as a former thief who frantically searches for his kidnapped daughter. Also with Josh Lucas, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Barry Shabaka Henley, M.C. Gainey, Mark Valley, and...



Richard Gere thinks hard about evading criminal charges in Arbitrage.

Arbitrage: High-Risk Bonds

A billionaire deals for his life in this frigid crime thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
One thing about New York City: In no other place on Earth are the very rich, the very poor, and everybody in between thrown together in such close quarters. The icy Arbitrage recognizes this to terrific effect. The proximity gi...


Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Sisto, and Susan Sarandon star in Robot & Frank now playing in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Cold Light of Day (PG-13) Henry Cavill stars in this thriller as a young Wall Street trader who must save his family in Madrid after they’re kidnapped over information wanted by the CIA. Also with Bruce Willis, V...



Tom Hardy takes aim in the climactic shootout in Lawless.

End-of-Summer Roundup

Assessing three low-budget indies before the fall movie season.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve been worn out by the summer blockbusters, now’s a good time to check out three low-budget films dropping in our multiplexes this weekend. None of them are masterpieces, but they’re all rewarding in small ways. S...


School bully Alvin cowers behind Norman as he tries to read the incantation that’ll stave off the walking dead in ParaNorman.

ParaNorman’s Activity

This animated comedy for kids will scare you silly.
KRISTIAN LIN
All right! This is how I like my animated kids’ movies — intelligent, funny, and scary enough to keep you up at night. ParaNorman comes to us from Laika Entertainment, the same stop-motion animation studio that brought us t...



Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm in Declaration of War.

Sing Through the Pain

Big Ticket
About eight years ago, French actors Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm were informed that their 18-month-old son was suffering from a brain tumor. Their tribulations in the years since then are the subject of Declaration ...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 15 Having served as prime minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien comes to TCU to discuss world affairs as part of the Vicente Fox Forum. His retirement hasn’t been uneventful; a few ...