Posts Tagged ‘films’
Anna Kendrick ponders what to do on the steps of the palace in Into the Woods.

Today Was a Fairytale

Into the Woods: There was a baker and his wife, and it was beautiful.
KRISTIAN LIN
Way back before Disney rejuvenated itself by making animated musicals based on fairy tales sprinkled with witty songs, adult concerns, and a wisecracking modern attitude, Stephen Sondheim beat the studio to that territory with ...


Christoph Waltz bullies Amy Adams into giving up credit for her paintings in Big Eyes.

My Wife Could Paint That

Big Eyes is a potent story of abusive marriage and not-so-high art.
KRISTIAN LIN
The way to understand Big Eyes is not as a movie about art nor as a Tim Burton film, though it’s both of those things. No, Big Eyes is best understood as a movie about domestic abuse, and as such it’s actually more powerful...



Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar, at FWMSH’s IMAX theater.

Big Big Screens

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After Christmas, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is bringing in two new films to show on its IMAX screen. The first is Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s jumbo-sized and very science-friendly space epic. The movie...


The dwarves make a last stand at their fortress in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies."

Gold Mountain

Peter Jackson’s Hobbit saga finally winds to an exhausted end.
KRISTIAN LIN
In English soccer, when a high-priced newly signed player goes bust, opposing fans will sometimes taunt the player and his team by singing, “What a waste of money!” That’s the serenade that came to my mind when I was view...



Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG) Ben Stiller returns for this third installment as a museum security guard who must travel the world to save the secret denizens of all the museums. Also with Owen Wilson, St...


The Southern Lights flicker in Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Four Months of Night

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Most movies about the Antarctic focus either on the place’s natural wonders or on those cute and cuddly penguins. Those things are present in Antarctica: A Year on Ice, but they’re far from the whole show. This documentary ...



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Roughing It

Reese Witherspoon goes Wild with this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember the first time I saw Reese Witherspoon. It was in the 1996 satirical thriller Freeway, and she was playing a juvenile delinquent who runs away from home and is pursued by a murderous pedophile. There’s a courtroom ...


Joel Edgerton and his palace are pelted by hail in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Go Down, Moses

Exodus: What’s a king to a god? What is Gods and Kings?
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood’s last big-budget adaptation of the book of Exodus, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, hit movie theaters a full 58 years ago. By contrast, it took Tinseltown only 10 years to do Spider-Man all over again. I...



Diplomacy opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  Diplomacy (NR) Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) directs this drama about the real-life efforts of Swedish consul general Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) to limit the bloodshed in Nazi-occupied Paris during World...


Tashina Richardson and Lindsay Harris are refugees from the apocalypse in Sundown Collaborative Theatre’s Said and Done.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 3 Just so we’re clear, Artisan Center Theater’s show ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is Kathryn Schultz Miller’s telling of Clement Clarke Moore’s story from a mouse’s point of view. Don’t confuse it with...