Posts Tagged ‘films’
Giger

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (NR) Belinda Sallin’s documentary profile of the late artist, architect, and Oscar-winning production designer. (Opens Friday in Dallas)  Chronicles of Evil (NR) Baek Woon-hak’s thri...


Echoes of War

Riled Up

Echoes of War tells a modest tale of revenge in rural Texas.
Kristian Lin
Let’s be real here. The main reason the low-budget Western Echoes of War is opening in theaters here is because of the presence of Maika Monroe, the lead actress of this spring’s indie horror hit It Follows who now seems on...



With a faithful border collie, Carey Mulligan surveys her holdings in Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Hardy Girl

Carey Mulligan is phenomenal in this film of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Kristian Lin
Back in 1967, there was a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd. (Note to younger movie fans: Do not confuse the writer with the guy starring in the Mad Max sequel this week. That’s a different ...


Mad Max: Fury Road opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Mad Max: Fury Road (R) The latest installment of George Miller’s postapocalyptic car chase saga stars Tom Hardy as a man running from a dictatorial warlord (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Also with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult...



Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan bond over some product-placed water in "Playing It Cool."

Cliché Written

A lot of stuff happens for no reason in the forced romance Playing It Cool.
Kristian Lin
Back when Chris Evans was starring in inconsequential fare like the Fantastic Four films and The Nanny Diaries, I dismissed him as some lightweight pretty boy. In fact, for longer than I care to admit, I regularly confused him ...


James Marsden and Jack Black make a triumphant entrance at their 20th high school reunion in The D Train.

L.A. Lawless

The D Train is a dull comedy until it gets turned.
Kristian Lin
The uneven career of Jack Black has had some delirious highs (The School of Rock) and gruesome lows (Gulliver’s Travels), but this comic actor has proved his chops often enough to merit serious consideration. (Why no one tout...



Maggie opens Friday

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Maggie (PG-13) Just when you thought every kind of zombie movie had already been made, here’s a zombie weeper! Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a farmer in Middle America who takes his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin...


Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth go airborne in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Rebuilding the Shield

The Avengers evolve by necessity in this bigger, shakier sequel.
Kristian Lin
Three years ago this week, The Avengers opened. Ultimately, it would become the third-biggest box office hit in movie history. Part of its success came from the novelty value of having so many superheroes who had carried their ...



Bill McAdams Jr. stares down the barrel of a gun in "Gallows Road."

Getting the Hang

North Texas filmmaker Bill McAdams Jr. keeps the faith.
Kristian Lin
I catch Bill McAdams Jr. during a whirlwind week. He was in Dallas on April 22 for the premiere of Gallows Road, the drama that he directed and co-stars in, which played on opening night of the USA Film Festival. However, when ...


Man From Reno opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Man From Reno (NR) Ayako Fujitani stars as a Japanese mystery novelist who becomes entangled in a real-life mystery in Northern California. Also with Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuyo Shiba, Hiroshi Watanabe, Tetsuo K...