Posts Tagged ‘movie’
The Road Within

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening  The Road Within (R) Robert Sheehan stars as a young Tourette’s syndrome patient who escapes from a clinic so he can scatter his recently deceased mother’s ashes. Also with Dev Patel, Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick, ...


Child 44 opens Friday

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Child 44 (R) Tom Hardy stars in this thriller adapted from Tom Rob Smith’s novel about a Soviet military intelligence officer in 1953 who finds evidence of a serial killer murdering children across the countryside. Al...



Alicia Vikander ponders the faces of the prototypes before her in Ex Machina.

A Doll’s House

A directing debut descends into the uncanny valley in Ex Machina.
Kristian Lin
Alex Garland’s first movie as a director is Ex Machina, but he has been around the film business a long time. After his novel The Beach was adapted to the screen by Danny Boyle in 2000, the British writer collaborated more cl...


Jonah Hill and James Franco have a heart-to-heart in county jail in True Story.

Lie to Me

Comedy stars go serious to good effect in the crime thriller True Story.
Kristian Lin
You may be surprised to learn that True Story is only the second serious collaboration between James Franco and Jonah Hill, two actors who have spent much of their time making raunchy comedies for Judd Apatow and his stable of ...



Naomi Watts is the only grown-up at baby class without a baby in While We’re Young.

Hipster Replacement

Tonight let’s get some and see While We’re Young.
Kristian Lin
I’m so glad Noah Baumbach has lightened up. He spent the back half of the 2000s making a trio of dramedies — The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg — whose closely observed character studies of loat...


Al Pacino cracks a smile in front of his tour bus in Danny Collins.

Dear John Letter

Good acting bails out the rough patches in the rock comedy Danny Collins.
Kristian Lin
In this current phase of Al Pacino’s career, when he’s playing broken-down old men with no one to blame but themselves for being broken down, Danny Collins is the best vehicle he’s encountered. Granted, this comedy isn’...



Salt of the Earth

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Salt of the Earth (PG-13) Nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders’ film profiles photographer Sebastião Salgado and his attempts to shoot scenes of nature in remote locat...


Brett Bentman prepares for his feature directing debut.

Brett Bentman Goes Big

A Fort Worth filmmaker looks to make the leap to features.
Kristian Lin
Five months ago, Fort Worth Weekly mentioned Brett Bentman in a feature story about local filmmakers (“Grappling With the Glitz Machine,” Nov. 5). At that time, the 33-year-old New Jersey transplant was operating on four-fi...



Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds pose in front of Gustav Klimt’s masterwork in Woman in Gold.

Das Bild

Woman in Gold turns a great Nazi art story into a museum piece.
Kristian Lin
The story of how the Nazis looted Europe’s storehouses of art masterpieces is a compelling one, whose salient details only came to light within the last few decades. It should make for a terrific movie. People are trying to m...


Effie Gray opens Friday at Harkins Cine Capri Southlake.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Effie Gray (PG-13) Dakota Fanning stars in this biography of the 19th-century Englishwoman and her attempts to free herself from a sexless marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). Also with Emma Thompson, Tom Stu...