Posts Tagged ‘movie reviews’
Michael Shannon silences another victim in The Iceman.

Iceman: Shannon Fodder

A glowering lead actor stands tall in this grim mob drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seems that the world has discovered Michael Shannon. And, really, why not? Quite apart from his considerable skills, the 38-year-old Kentucky native offers up a unique screen presence, with his towering physique, flat bass voic...


An explosion of flowers frames Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio's romance in "The Great Gatsby."

Gatsby: Green Light

A great novel becomes a party soaked in champagne, hip-hop, and Art Deco.
KRISTIAN LIN
A scant year after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby was published, it was made into a film. Since then, it has been turned into stage plays, other films, an opera, a graphic novel, and even video games. Baz Luhrma...



Upstream

Upstream Color: Tantalizing

Don’t go looking for meaning here. Just enjoy the ride.
JIMMY FOWLER
Critics have called Shane Carruth’s Dallas-filmed sophomore feature Upstream Color a lot of things: obscure, elliptical, cryptic. It’s true that Carruth, the North Texas-raised auteur who made a film festival splash with hi...


They’re not Riggs and Murtaugh but Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle catching bad guys in Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3: Terror Plot

Though unessential, Marvel Studios’ latest superhero blockbuster sizzles.
STEVE STEWARD
Was giving former Hollywood wunderkind Shane Black the keys to Iron Man’s ignition something of a crazy bet? Because the writer-director hasn’t been a sure thing in years. The only bona fide hit he’s ever had was Lethal W...



Mark Wahlberg covets a rich man's possessions in "Pain & Gain."

Pain & Gain: Muscle Bay

What’s this? Michael Bay goes small-scale, and it’s not too bad.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wonders never cease. Here’s Michael Bay, director of the Transformers movies and various other crimes against cinema, taking time out to helm a caper flick that has an actual story and characters and all that stuff. At $25 mi...


Robert Redford makes a phone call before the cops can trace his signal in The Company You Keep.

Indie Film Roundup

Are these three low-budget movies with stars worth traveling to see?
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’re in Fort Worth, you’ll have to cover some territory to see the movies we’re discussing this week. That’s because their theatrical engagements are in Grapevine, Arlington, and Southlake. (Though one of them is a...



James D’Arcy and Ben Whishaw amid a shower of crockery in Cloud Atlas.

Cloud Atlas: Only Connect

Six stories, three directors, and a hell of a lot of other stuff is in here.
KRISTIAN LIN
Call a novel “unfilmable,” and you’re only waving a red flag in the face of certain filmmakers. David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas has been called that for good reason — it’s an exercise in literary derring-do, cont...


Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and David Oyelowo star in The Paperboy opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Paperboy (R) Lee Daniels (Precious) adapts Pete Dexter’s novel about an investigative reporter (Matthew McConaughey) returning to his Florida hometown to find the truth about a decades-old murder. Also with Nicol...



Ben Affleck makes his way through Khomeini’s Iran in Argo.

Argo, Psychopaths: Let’s Fake a Movie!

Would-be filmmakers are the driving characters in these thrillers.
KRISTIAN LIN
By coincidence, the titles of both movies this week refer to movies within the movies. Neither Argo nor Seven Psychopaths is really about the filmmaking process — the first throws up a nonexistent movie as a smokescreen for a...


Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson celebrate a high-school triumph in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Wallflower: End of the Tunnel

A beloved teen novel’s author turns it into a great teen movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Stephen Chbosky’s coming-of-age novelette The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a huge hit when it was published in 1999, and the author received numerous offers to turn the book into a film. However, Chbosky held out because h...