Posts Tagged ‘films’

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Straight Outta Compton (R) F. Gary Gray directs this biography detailing the rise and fall of controversial rap group N.W.A. in the mid-1980s. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr....

Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Henry Cavill enjoy a sunny afternoon in Rome in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Solo Effort

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. looks far out, man, but what is it for?
Kristian Lin
I’ll admit I’ve never seen the spoofy 1960s spy show on which The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based. The film version looks promising on paper. Director Guy Ritchie conjured up some freewheeling fun when he helmed the first Sher...

Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott rescue kittens and are still unlikable in "Fort Tilden."

White People Problems

Hipster privilege gets thoroughly skewered in Fort Tilden.
Kristian Lin
If you love Brooklyn hipsters, you need to see Fort Tilden, a movie that’s set right in the milieu and that opens this week at AMC Grapevine Mills. On the other hand, if you hate Brooklyn hipsters, then Fort Tilden is even mo...

Emma Stone and her comic talent go largely to waste in Irrational Man.

Beyond Good and Evil

Woody Allen misuses Emma Stone again, this time in Irrational Man.
Kristian Lin
Ten years ago, Woody Allen bought himself a creative rejuvenation by finding a new leading lady in the fresh-faced, widely feted Scarlett Johansson. With Johansson in demand elsewhere, though, it’s no surprise that he has now...

Meryl Streep sings away her troubles in Ricki and the Flash.

Ricki Road

Meryl Streep rocks out in Ricki and the Flash.
Kristian Lin
A typical entry with an atypical provenance, Ricki and the Flash is an attempt by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody to make a comfy family comedy for the older crowd. It’s not the nicest fit f...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (NR) Brett Morgen’s officially authorized made-for-TV biography of the Nirvana frontman. Also with Courtney Love and Krist Novoselic. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Assassination (NR) Very confu...

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff share a meaningful moment in a big-box retail store in "Paper Towns."

O-Town Girl

She’s been livin’ in a white-bread world, until she leaves Paper Towns behind.
Kristian Lin
Cara Delevingne starts her acting career already famous. She had always wanted to act, but what was supposed to be a sidelight as a fashion model turned into a stellar career for the 22-year-old Englishwoman with the enviable e...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening A LEGO Brickumentary (G) Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge’s documentary about the global subculture involving the plastic bricks. Narrated by Jason Bateman. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Güeros (NR) Alonso Ruiz Palacios’ ...

The Vatican Tapes

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Vatican Tapes (PG-13) Michael Peña and Djimon Hounsou star in this supernatural thriller as two priests trying to exorcise a demonically possessed girl (Olivia Dudley). Also with Kathleen Robertson, Dougray Scott, ...

Jake Gyllenhaal bears the scars of his latest fight in Southpaw.

Less Than Jake

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in Southpaw, but this boxing drama isn’t.
Kristian Lin
The critical narrative has now hardened around Jake Gyllenhaal. It goes like this: After a misguided period when the actor tried to be an A-list leading man, the financial and critical flops of The Day After Tomorrow and Prince...