Posts Tagged ‘films’
Seth MacFarlane takes target practice from a manageable distance in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Million Ways to Die in the West (R) Seth MacFarlane stars in his own comedy as a cowardly farmer who must save his Old West town from a killer (Liam Neeson). Also with Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Sey...


So, I’m gonna go bald? James McAvoy faces his older self in Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

A Better Tomorrow

A recharged director rejuvenates the X-Men series in Days of Future Past.
KRISTIAN LIN
Well, if you’re going to see only one comic-book superhero movie this summer, X-Men: Days of Future Past looks like your best bet. With a story inspired by an iconic 1981 comic book adventure of the mutated superhumans, the f...



Hiroyuki Sanada is confronted by Colin Firth about his war crimes in The Railway Man.

The Road to Recovery

World War II is a backdrop for psychological drama in The Railway Man.
EDWARD BROWN
British actors always seem a bit smug. Not sure why, but it’s probably because they are. Their pridefulness, however, melts away in The Railway Man, a drama set during and long after World War II and directed by Jonathan Tepl...


The Immigrant opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Immigrant (R) Marion Cotillard stars in this drama by James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own the Night) as a Polish woman who is forced into prostitution in New York in 1921. Also with Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Angel...



Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau look for customers for their new food truck in Chef.

Cuban Sandwich King

Jon Favreau serves up small plates of joy in his food comedy Chef.
KRISTIAN LIN
In his amiable food comedy Chef, writer-director Jon Favreau stars as Carl Casper, the head chef at a well-established upscale L.A. restaurant. As the movie opens, he’s preparing his staff to receive powerful food critic and ...


Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler enjoy a moment to themselves at a South African resort in Blended.

Blended and Extended

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy actually doesn’t suck.
KRISTIAN LIN
Something about Drew Barrymore seems to smooth out Adam Sandler’s abrasive edges and bring out his sweetness without making him cloying. After The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, the two actors have teamed up once again, a...



Nicolas Cage tries to keep his demons in check in Joe.

Last Angry Man

BIG TICKET
As far back as the late 1990s people were bashing Nicolas Cage for his bizarre career choices that seemed unbefitting an Oscar winner. We like Cage’s weirdness, even if it means stuff like the Ghost Rider movies. In Joe, he g...


Chef opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chef (R) Jon Favreau stars in his own comedy as a Miami restaurant chef who tries to restart his career after feuding with his bosses and a well-known critic. Also with John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony, S...



Seen through a bus window, the renowned Japanese monster visits the Golden Gate Bridge in Godzilla.

My Beloved Monster

Godzilla rampages again in a flawed but terrifying remake.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let me calm things down a bit. The early reviews of Godzilla led me to expect something fantastic, and this movie isn’t that. It barely seems to have a script. Yet watching it, I felt something like the awe and horror that th...


Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon are decked out in their 18th-century finery in Belle.

Belle of the Ball

If Jane Austen had written a black heroine, she’d look something like this.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’re like many people, 12 Years a Slave was the first film you saw by a black British director. Maybe you wondered whether there were any more in the pipeline. Your answer comes in the form of Belle, a movie written and ...