Posts Tagged ‘films’

Safe Harbor

Big Ticket
Le Havre made the honorable mention section of the Weekly’s list of the best movies of 2011, but only now can Fort Worth audiences get a chance to see this superb French comedy.


Where Is My John Wayne?

Big Ticket
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is holding an unusual sort of film retrospective while the Stock Show is going on. The Lone Star Western Film Series is showing John Wayne movies on Sundays, but rather than focus on...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In the Land of Blood and Honey (R) Angelina Jolie’s first film as writer-director is this English-language war film about a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic) and a Muslim artist (Zara Marjanovic) whose romance is transf...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: House of Pleasures (NR) Bertrand Bonello’s film set at a Parisian brothel in decline at the beginning of the 20th century. Starring Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca, Adele Haenel, Alice Barnole, Iliana ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sleeping Beauty (R) The filmmaking debut of Australian novelist Julia Leigh stars Emily Browning as a high-priced prostitute who allows male clients to indulge their fantasies with her while she’s asleep. Also with R...


Hugo, Marilyn: Blasts From the Past

Glories of cinema history come to life in these two films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This season seems to have brought us a lot of filmmakers reaching into cinema’s distant past for stories. My Week With Marilyn takes its cue from the 1950s, while Hugo goes back to the very beginnings of film, and the upcomin...



Descendants: Mahalo to All That

Alexander Payne’s Hawaiian dramedy just misses greatness.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Alexander Payne made Sideways seven years ago, George Clooney lobbied hard for the role that was eventually played by Thomas Haden Church. Payne passed on Clooney, figuring that the star was too famous and good-looking to ...


Winding Drive

Ryan Gosling fuels this great, strange, romantic thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oh, damn, Ryan Gosling is cool. He’s so cool that it hurts you deep inside. He has become famous as a romantic lead, and indeed his half-smile is enough to melt the stoniest heart. He flashes it occasionally in Drive, but tha...



They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
KRISTIAN LIN
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...


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...