Posts Tagged ‘life’

A Widow Needs A Little Help

Jenna Fischer finally gets the starring role in this indie drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Steve Carell isn’t the only star of TV’s The Office with a movie out this week. Jenna Fischer charmed millions of viewers portraying the sweetly downtrodden receptionist on that show, but she’s never come close to having ...


Women on Boards

Big Ticket
Written as a 60th birthday present for a member of the board of directors at Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has had a successful life among regional theater companies since its premiere in 2008. Inspired by a ground...



Battleground Wittenberg

Dr. Faustus and Martin Luther fight for Hamlet’s soul in Amphibian Stage Production’s current show.
JIMMY FOWLER
For a show that explores sober themes like the conflict between faith and reason, Amphibian Stage Productions’ Wittenberg has a surprising amount of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Playwright David Davalos’ highly litera...


The Tree of Life: Pictures at an Exhibition

Terrence Malick ponders life, the universe, and everything.
KRISTIAN LIN
The fifth film in 38 years by reclusive Texas auteur Terrence Malick is The Tree of Life, the polarizing film that drew boos and walkouts when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and yet went on to win the top pr...



A Better Life, Mi Hijo

A great performance distinguishes this immigration drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember watching Gregory Nava’s drama El Norte for my high-school Spanish class. I thought about that film while I was watching A Better Life, a movie that is also set in the world of illegal Latino immigrants in the Unite...


Skateland: Brand New Key

This Texas-set indie drama idly spins its wheels.
KRISTIAN LIN
The makers of Skateland are all from Longview, and it was filmed mostly in Shreveport and Marshall. Texans will probably find that bit of quasi-local information more interesting than anything that happens in this earnest drama...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sucker Punch (PG-13) Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) writes and directs this fantasy-adventure saga about a mental patient (Emily Browning) who imagines her stay in an institution as part of an epic quest involving her fel...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 9 Q Cinema returns for its spring series with The Lesbian Short Film Festival, a collection of 10 shorts that includes the well-reviewed, stereotype-reversing Don’t Mess With Texas. There are also some highly unusual en...



The Eagle: British Invasion

Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel comes to surprising life.
KRISTIAN LIN
As it turns out, The Illusionist isn’t the only movie out this week that’s set in Scotland. If you go into this toga-and-sandals epic pumped for a fire-breathing piece of entertainment on the order of 300 or Gladiator, you...


A Different Playing Field

While Super Bowl fans cheered, protesters on the other side of the world fought the real battle.
GRAYSON HARPER
Well, here we are in the greatest country in the world. The snow melted just in time for the massed mobs to watch the gladiators have a go at each other. Tickets, as of Sunday morning, were going for between $3,500 and $20,000....