Posts Tagged ‘films’
Eva Green has two swords and an army of Persians at her back in 300: Rise of an Empire.

300 and Two

Eva Green aside, this sequel is pretty much 300 on boats.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood loves to throw up sequels to successful movies, and some of them do better than others when it comes to standing on their own. Right now, I’m struggling to recall a sequel that’s more heavily haunted by its predec...


Rome

There’s No Place Like Rome

After its Oscar win, The Great Beauty comes out again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty picked up an Oscar last week for the Best Foreign Film, so its distributors are re-releasing it after it enjoyed a brief run last December (in North Texas, it screened only in Dallas). Now ...



Non-Stop opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Non-Stop (PG-13) Liam Neeson stars in this thriller as an air marshal who tries to figure out who’s killing off the passengers one by one on a transatlantic flight. Also with Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle D...


Young Jiro Horikoshi holds an imaginary conversation with an Italian aviation pioneer in The Wind Rises.

Jiro Dreams of Aircraft

Oscar-nominated and ethically complicated, The Wind Rises lifts you up.
KRISTIAN LIN
I never took Hayao Miyazaki seriously when he claimed that The Wind Rises would be his last movie. It seems that the now-73-year-old director has a habit of announcing his retirement and then going back on it, and he has done t...



Anton Yelchin tries to get rid of a package that someone else left at his apartment in Odd Thomas.

Odd One Out

The less you know about Odd Thomas going in, the better.
KRISTIAN LIN
Probably the best way to see Odd Thomas is the way I saw it. I went in cold, not knowing anything about the story or the cast or even about the highly regarded Dean Koontz novel that it’s based on. I wound up being happily su...


Catherine Martin’s duds for The Great Gatsby are in the running for the Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o. You won’t go too far wrong if you pick those people to win the Academy Awards for acting. You’ll also have lots of company — although there’s an outside...



Winter's Tale opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Winter’s Tale (PG-13) Adapted from Mark Helprin’s novel, this romance stars Colin Farrell as an Irish burglar who determines to use his powers of reincarnation to save the woman he loves (Jessica Brown Findlay). Al...


The Met’s production of Rusalka broadcast is at 6:30pm at various movie theaters.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 12 Renée Fleming absolutely crushed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, didn’t she? Now you can see the soprano at her day job, so to speak, when she stars in the Met’s production of Rusalka, Dvorák’s opera t...



Zoey Deutch wields a silver stake in Vampire Academy.

Blood and Waters

Author Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy becomes a scattered, inept movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Late in the supernatural teen comedy Vampire Academy, one of the gossip girls at St. Vladimir’s (Sami Gayle) tries to start a fight with our heroine Rose (Zoey Deutch) at a school dance. After trying to walk away, Rose finall...


Joel Kinnaman has mixed emotions on his homecoming to Abbie Cornish in RoboCop.

RoboCop Cleans Up

Though based on the original, this reboot shines on its own.
COLE WILLIAMS
Can a movie comment on its own remake? It almost feels that way, as if the original RoboCop, with its satire of ’80s excesses and corporate B.S., saw itself, sometime down the road, being re-appropriated, repackaged, and reso...