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Repo Man

This post-apocalyptic thriller from Down Under is violent, austere, and puzzling.
KRISTIAN LIN
David Michôd is clearly a talented filmmaker. I just wish I could figure out what he’s up to. The Australian writer-director made his debut in 2010 with his striking crime drama Animal Kingdom, which despite its limited rele...


Filth opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Filth (R) James McAvoy stars in this thriller about a crooked British cop who schemes to win himself a promotion at the expense of criminals, his colleagues, and his family. Also with Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen P...



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Acting On the Frontera

In English and Spanish, Fort Worth’s Julio Cedillo has built a Hollywood career one role at a time.
EDWARD BROWN AND KRISTIAN LIN
Julio Cedillo learned early on that there’s a lot less glamour in the acting profession than most people expect. He’s spent 25 years building a career by mediating between Hollywood and his native Fort Worth, between hangin...


Brenton Thwaites and Olivia Cooke are filmed from a trippy angle during The Signal.

Turn Signal

Casual pacing gets in the way of the action in this sci-fi thriller.
STEVE STEWARD
Have you seen Rubber? If you missed it, it’s about a mysteriously sentient tire that rolls around the desert murdering animals and people with its unfathomable, steel-belted radial tire mind. Lots of people hated it, and you ...



Hiccup meets the very large alpha dragon in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Another Song of Ice and Fire

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is awesome and irritating all over again.
KRISTIAN LIN
I haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon since I reviewed it four years ago, but I remember being impressed by the visuals and underwhelmed by the story. Those impressions were reinforced mightily by How to Train Your Dragon 2...


Night Moves opens Friday

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Night Moves (R) Jesse Eisenberg stars in this thriller by Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cut-Off) as a member of an ecoterrorist group planning to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Also with Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia...



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Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 4 The appeal of Patsy Cline remains undiminished more than 50 years after the country singer’s death. Always … Patsy Cline may not be the most au courant theatrical option, but for a midweek evening, Casa Mañana’...


Emily Blunt trains for battle in Edge of Tomorrow.

Groundhog Death

Forewarned is forearmed in the time-bending sci-fi war film Edge of Tomorrow.
KRISTIAN LIN
We all know about “movie logic,” referring to the ways in which the reality inside movies differs from the way the real world works. Lately, though, it seems that video game logic has invaded the movies, with the likes of I...



Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche share a laugh in front of one of her paintings in Words and Pictures.

Unacceptable

The schoolteacher romance Words and Pictures fails the course.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biggest problem with Words and Pictures is that it’s really dumb. That can be an asset to some films, but for a romantic drama directed at grown-up, literate audiences, it tends to be a hindrance. This movie is produced b...


Àlex Brendemühl and Florencia Bado first meet in The German Doctor.

Das Experiment

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The deeply unsettling The German Doctor begins in 1960 with an Argentinian couple (Diego Peretti and Natalia Oreiro) opening a lakeside resort hotel, where one of their first guests is a Teutonic physician (Àlex Brendemühl). ...