Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

The Kids Are All Right

KRISTIAN LIN
This whole decade has been pretty much a waste for Robert De Niro. A lucrative waste, but even so …


Through a Lens, Gladly

JEFF PRINCE
The kiss between the young man and woman was sweet – a friendly peck, really. But it didn’t sound right. Needed more smack. The actors weren’t around anymore; filming had wrapped up months ago, and they’...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Gamer (R) The latest action film by Neveldine + Taylor (Crank) stars Gerard Butler as a man who’s forced to kill other people as a manipulated player in a giant multiplayer video game. Also with Amber Valletta, M...


MoMA Movies at the Modern

Big Ticket
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth takes a two-week break from screening current independent films to make room for Still Moving: Classic Films from MoMA.



Escape Move

You can’t spell Mamet without MMA! A famed playwright goes jiu-jitsu on us.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seven years ago, David Mamet capped a winning streak as a film director with his engaging farce State and Main, following his twisty 1997 thriller The Spanish Prisoner and his elegant 1999 period drama The Winslow Boy.


All These Things That I’ve Done

The best Iraq drama so far, Stop-Loss still runs into problems.
Kristian Lin
Hollywood is in a no-win situation when it comes to Iraq. (So’s the White House, but that’s another story.)



The Top 10

... and a lot of great performances coming in pairs.
Kristian Lin
Usually when I assemble the picks for my year-end list of the best movies, there’s a lot of flux among the choices as I get closer to deadline.


Earthly Delight

John Cusack helps elevate a big-budget popcorn flick to an emotionally honest character drama.
Cole Williams
Just when you think you’ve seen every type of Hollywood family drama, along comes something nice to revitalize your faith in mainstream cinema.



Mr. Bagman

The flawed legal thriller Michael Clayton still wins favorable judgment.
Kristian Lin
You shouldn’t be surprised that Michael Clayton is currently being overrated by America’s film critics. The movie practically begs for it.


Pilgrim and a Preacher and a Problem when He’s Stoned

His country-music raising got him started, but Waylon Payne’s talent — and his demons — drive him on.
Jeff Prince
The stereo in Waylon Payne’s 1989 Mercedes Benz is blasting “Mama, Drive On” as he barrels down a farm road west of Fort Worth. A breeze whips through the sunroof and knocks ashes off his Marlboro, but he doesn’t notice...