Posts Tagged ‘movie’
Song of the Sea

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Song of the Sea (PG) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, this Irish film by Tomm Moore (The Book of Kells) is about a selkie (voiced by Lucy O’Connell) who determines to return her fellow fairy creature...


Mommy

Beautiful Boy

One-third of the screen yields three times the emotion in the Quebecois drama Mommy.
Kristian Lin
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to someone. Xavier Dolan started out as a child actor in his native Canada, and at 25 his career in front of the camera is still going. However, he has become known to the world as a...



Duke of Burgundy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Duke of Burgundy (NR) Like Fifty Shades of Grey, but a lot more lesbic. This drama by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as a lepidopterist who engages in an S&M sexual relation...


CAKE

Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
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.
KRISTIAN LIN
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.
KRISTIAN LIN
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...



Jobs

Mark Hulme’s Way

A Fort Worth media mogul crashes Hollywood as a producer.
KRISTIAN LIN
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.
KRISTIAN LIN
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.
KRISTIAN LIN
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

KRISTIAN LIN
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...