Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
You may have heard the whispers about a movie called Cake that stars Jennifer Aniston and played at the Toronto Film Festival. The lead actress scored a Golden Globe nomination and campaigned hard for an Oscar nod, and the movi...

A Most Violent Year.

Hard Winter

Oscar Isaac is Oscar-worthy in the crime thriller A Most Violent Year.
The discontent over this year’s Oscars has been all about the overwhelming whiteness of the nominees. Most of that discontent has coalesced around Selma, for excellent reason. Still, what about A Most Violent Year, which open...

Sandra Bullock is stranded a long way from home in Gravity.

Just Breathe

Gravity is the greatest 3D movie ever made.
Some filmmakers inspire feelings of mystical reverence. Their works are so consistently high in quality, so seamless, so strange, and so committed to seeing the world in a different way that they seem like otherworldly artifact...


Mark Hulme’s Way

A Fort Worth media mogul crashes Hollywood as a producer.
A Fort Worth native now based in Dallas, Mark Hulme has spent much of his first 50 or so years building a publishing business. He’s a newcomer to movies, but his maiden effort as a producer has made a big splash: an Ashton Ku...

Daniel Day-Lewis fights for freedom in Lincoln.

Lincoln: Long Live the Union

Daniel Day-Lewis overshadows Steven Spielberg’s political drama.
Here we are in 2012, and Steven Spielberg is still surprising me. Because Lincoln has been released one week after a presidential election, everyone is inevitably dissecting his movie for political content and its relevance to ...

A new victim from the future materializes in front of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper.

Super Looper

This sci-fi thriller will wow you, then go back in time and wow you again.
You can’t accuse Rian Johnson of lacking ambition. Best known for his polarizing debut film, the 2006 high-school noir picture Brick, Johnson has come up rapidly through low-budget indie cinema. His third film, Looper, is his...

The Bourne Legacy opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) Jeremy Renner stars as a new secret agent who comes out of the same CIA program as Jason Bourne. Also with Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Donna Murphy, Corey Stoll, Zel...

Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine meet in the parking lot outside an AA meeting in "People Like Us."

People Like Us: Your Sister. Sister?

Great acting redeems this domestic drama.
You’d expect the co-writer of the Transformers movies, Mission: Impossible 3, and Star Trek to take up a sci-fi action thriller in that same vein for his directing debut. You’d be wrong. People Like Us is a domestic drama w...

Film Shorts

OPENING: Deep in the Heart (PG-13) Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) stars in this drama as a recovering alcoholic determined to put his kids through college. Also with Elaine Hendrix, Rheagan Wallace, James Haven, Donny Boaz, Kath...

Film Shorts

OPENING: Safe House (R) Ryan Reynolds stars in this thriller as a young CIA agent charged with protecting an arrested traitor (Denzel Washington) after an agency safe house is attacked. Also with Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, ...