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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Ghost Writer (PG-13) Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel stars Ewan McGregor as a writer who learns some dangerous information while working with a former British prime minister (Pierce ...


Tolstoy Finds The Last Station

The Last Station has two Oscar nods, but it ain't Tolstoy.
KRISTIAN LIN
When he died, Leo Tolstoy was basically an old hippie. Immensely rich and famous from authoring War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the Russian count had turned his considerable energy to social causes and essays delineating his i...



Butterscotch Isn’t Sweet

North Texas teachers turn a dark story into a funny movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Bart van Bemmel talks quickly, and I’m not sure whether that’s how he usually rolls or whether it’s because he’s eager to tell me about his film project during his 50-minute free period. (It’s prob...


Unhappy Haneke

Funny Games tortures you to make a point. This review will save you some pain.
Kristian Lin
When you watch slasher flicks and other movies that kill off innocent characters like ants, do you feel bad for those onscreen victims?



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Shutter Island (R) Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as U.S. marshals sent to investigate the disappearance of an inmate from an asylum for the c...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Wolfman (R) Benicio del Toro stars as an American man who becomes a werewolf during a visit to Victorian England to find his missing brother. Also with Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, Art Malik, Geraldi...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: An Education (PG-13) This radiant and gently heartbreaking drama is one of 2009′s best movies. The Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan stars as a 16-year-old Londoner who falls for an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in 19...


Letters to Savannah

Yet another sodden Nicholas Sparks adaptation: Dear John.
KRISTIAN LIN
In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world’s new guilty pleasure is pablum rather than pulp. In other words, slasher flick...



One-Part Drama

Another British import loses its flavor in America: Edge of Darkness.
KRISTIAN LIN
The key to understanding what’s right and what’s wrong with Edge of Darkness is knowing that it’s based on a British TV miniseries. Our friends across the Atlantic regularly make intelligent multiple-hour opus...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
Opening: La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (NR) Documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, High School) follows the company through one season as it produces seven ballets. (Opens Friday in Dallas)