Posts Tagged ‘films’
Cobie Smulders lets Gail Bean feel her pregnant stomach in Unexpected.

Baby Baby

An Unexpected arrival shows promise before withering away.
Kristian Lin
Four years ago, Joe and Kris Swanberg had a baby. In response, they did what Swanbergs do: They made films about it. Joe’s arrived last year. In Happy Christmas, he and his real-life infant son appeared onscreen together, tho...

Mathews: “We’re going to try to showcase Fort Worth.”  Courtesy Chad Mathews.

Lone Star Film Society: Take 2

With a new director, the annual festival prepares for its national close-up in November.
Jeff Prince
Talk about a dramatic plot twist –– the Lone Star Film Festival is less than four months away, and the organization that oversees the event is topsy-turvy. Most of the small staff at the Lone Star Film Society recently walk...

Cartel Land opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Cartel Land (R) Matthew Heineman’s documentary about ordinary people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border taking a stand against the rising tide of drug violence. (Opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills) Lila & Ev...

Scott Lang vs. The World: Paul Rudd ponders the meaning of this suit in Ant-Man.

Mini Marvel

Ant-Man has some major bugs to work out.
Kristian Lin
Movie fanboys, including me, were disappointed when Edgar Wright, the British cult director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, left the big-screen Marvel Comics adaptation Ant-Man reportedly because of the d...

Evan Peters and Juno Temple have a fraught encounter at a nice home in Safelight.

Surely, Temple

Considering Safelight and the up-and-down career of its lead actress.
Kristian Lin
The career of Juno Temple continues to frustrate me. The tiny British actress, who turns 26 this week, is the daughter of the filmmaker Julien Temple, and she’s a fascinating screen presence because her demure china-doll feat...

Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (NR) Sebastian Dehnhardt’s documentary tracks the early career of the Dallas Mavericks superstar. Also with Holger Geschwindner, Mark Cuban, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Rick Carlisle, Michael Fi...

Amy Winehouse in her troubled glory days in Amy.

The Jazz Singer

Amy Winehouse gets a respectful, revealing documentary.
Kristian Lin
I remember the first time I heard Amy Winehouse. I was at a listening booth in a Borders Books & Music — remember those? I’m fuzzy on what made me listen to this CD called Back to Black, but I do recall what impression ...

This thing stalks our heroes through the halls of their high school in "The Gallows."

Hang It

Found-footage horror is played out, but The Gallows still distinguishes itself.
Kristian Lin
Sixteen years later, we’re still living in the shadow of The Blair Witch Project. That found-footage horror film was revolutionary in its day, but somewhat inevitably, its techniques have reached into other genres and become ...

Closer to God opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Closer to God (NR) Billy Senese’s thriller stars Jeremy Childs as a scientist who succeeds in cloning a human baby. Also with Shelean Newman, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, and Isaac Disney. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Fai...

Channing Tatum (second from right) and company are abs-olutely fabulous in Magic Mike XXL.

Go Bigger

Less than its predecessor, Magic Mike XXL still points toward the future.
Kristian Lin
Well, you figured Magic Mike would get a sequel. You figured it would be on a larger scale. You just didn’t figure it would have a prayer of working without Matthew McConaughey. Well, Dallas is gone, and Magic Mike XXL is not...