Posts Tagged ‘films’

When Fairy Met Sally: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Even with Guillermo del Toro, this horror remake falls flat.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Guillermo del Toro pronounces an old movie as the scariest thing he’s ever seen and announces plans to remake it, you sit up and take notice. You do it even if, like me, you can’t find the original 1973 TV movie that h...


Harry’s End

The boy wizard goes back to school and graduates with distinction.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the line. The Hogwarts Express has reached its final destination. Please make sure to gather up all your robes and magic wands before exiting. We hope you have enjoyed your trip.



Dance Flicks

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The Modern Art Museum and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth have long been partners in a summer festival of modern dance, but this year’s version has a new element. Modern Film Fest 2011 is a selection of films from Lincoln Cente...


Cool Customer

Laid-back filmmaker James Johnston is making big things happen.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve been around Fort Worth’s film festivals or screenings of local filmmakers’ work, you’ve probably seen James Johnston. The barrel-chested 38-year-old with a shaven head, scraggly beard, and tattoos running the ...



Hanna and the Company

This teenager and her action thriller confuse me.
KRISTIAN LIN
Our action thrillers right now seem to be awash in young girls who are stone cold killers. The odd British entry Hanna is the latest of the bunch, coming after the flawed but unfairly maligned Sucker Punch and last year’s Kic...


Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Welcome to my fourth annual look at the mid-major categories of the annual Academy Awards (to be televised Sunday) It’s my way of pointing out who did the best work last year in these aspects of filmmaking that immeasurably a...



Oscar All Day

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For those who treat moviegoing as an extreme sport, we give you the Best Picture Showcase. AMC Theatres has been running this program for some years, screening all of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture shortly before the Acade...


Rabbit Hole: Childless Parents

The drama is only above-average in this story of bereavement.
KRISTIAN LIN
Whither the prestige picture? I’m talking about straightforward, visually handsome, modestly budgeted films that feature a few high-powered actors tackling weighty issues, usually working from a script with a literary or thea...



Gallery

Artspace 111
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Leslie Lanzotti has long been obsessed with James Whale’s Frankenstein films from the early 1930s. Now her series of Rembrandt-influenced paintings of scenes and shots from those films is up at Artspace 111. Hurry, though: Th...


The Trouble With Harry

The seventh Potter film doesn’t hold up. Does that matter?
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m in a difficult position here. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the seventh installment of an eight-part series. As such, it’s not necessarily meant to stand on its own. Instead, it’s a means to an end, ...