Posts Tagged ‘movie’
Emma Stone and her comic talent go largely to waste in Irrational Man.

Beyond Good and Evil

Woody Allen misuses Emma Stone again, this time in Irrational Man.
Kristian Lin
Ten years ago, Woody Allen bought himself a creative rejuvenation by finding a new leading lady in the fresh-faced, widely feted Scarlett Johansson. With Johansson in demand elsewhere, though, it’s no surprise that he has now...


Meryl Streep sings away her troubles in Ricki and the Flash.

Ricki Road

Meryl Streep rocks out in Ricki and the Flash.
Kristian Lin
A typical entry with an atypical provenance, Ricki and the Flash is an attempt by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody to make a comfy family comedy for the older crowd. It’s not the nicest fit f...



Kurt

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (NR) Brett Morgen’s officially authorized made-for-TV biography of the Nirvana frontman. Also with Courtney Love and Krist Novoselic. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Assassination (NR) Very confu...


Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff share a meaningful moment in a big-box retail store in "Paper Towns."

O-Town Girl

She’s been livin’ in a white-bread world, until she leaves Paper Towns behind.
Kristian Lin
Cara Delevingne starts her acting career already famous. She had always wanted to act, but what was supposed to be a sidelight as a fashion model turned into a stellar career for the 22-year-old Englishwoman with the enviable e...



lego

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening A LEGO Brickumentary (G) Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge’s documentary about the global subculture involving the plastic bricks. Narrated by Jason Bateman. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Güeros (NR) Alonso Ruiz Palacios’ ...


The Vatican Tapes

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Vatican Tapes (PG-13) Michael Peña and Djimon Hounsou star in this supernatural thriller as two priests trying to exorcise a demonically possessed girl (Olivia Dudley). Also with Kathleen Robertson, Dougray Scott, ...



Jake Gyllenhaal bears the scars of his latest fight in Southpaw.

Less Than Jake

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in Southpaw, but this boxing drama isn’t.
Kristian Lin
The critical narrative has now hardened around Jake Gyllenhaal. It goes like this: After a misguided period when the actor tried to be an A-list leading man, the financial and critical flops of The Day After Tomorrow and Prince...


Cobie Smulders lets Gail Bean feel her pregnant stomach in Unexpected.

Baby Baby

An Unexpected arrival shows promise before withering away.
Kristian Lin
Four years ago, Joe and Kris Swanberg had a baby. In response, they did what Swanbergs do: They made films about it. Joe’s arrived last year. In Happy Christmas, he and his real-life infant son appeared onscreen together, tho...



Mathews: “We’re going to try to showcase Fort Worth.”  Courtesy Chad Mathews.

Lone Star Film Society: Take 2

With a new director, the annual festival prepares for its national close-up in November.
Jeff Prince
Talk about a dramatic plot twist –– the Lone Star Film Festival is less than four months away, and the organization that oversees the event is topsy-turvy. Most of the small staff at the Lone Star Film Society recently walk...


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Ground Zero 360 Showing For Free In Dallas

Jeff Prince
Calling it a stroke of luck would be crass, but it was, well, momentous that a film crew was in New York making a documentary about a firefighter on 9-11. They were filming on the streets when they heard a low-flying plane, loo...