Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Final Girls (PG-13) Taissa Farmiga stars in this horror-comedy as a woman who reunites with her deceased actress mother (Malin Akerman) when she’s magically pulled into a slasher movie that her mother starred in. ...


A Girl Stands Up

Malala Yousafzai gets a turn in the spotlight in this documentary.
Kristian Lin
We all know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun girl from northeastern Pakistan who was shot in the head three years ago this week by the Taliban for defying their ban on girls going to school. She recovered to advocate ...

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon eyeball a potential new property in 99 Homes.

Off Keys

A promising director derails with the housing-crisis thriller 99 Homes.
Kristian Lin
I liked Ramin Bahrani’s movies much better when they weren’t about white people. The 40-year-old North Carolina native of Iranian descent began his career making terrific micro-budget movies about immigrants in America, whe...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Goodnight Mommy (R) This Austrian horror film stars Elias and Lukas Schwarz as twin brothers who no longer recognize their mother (Susanne Wuest) after she gets cosmetic surgery. Also with Hans Escher. (Opens Friday in ...


Leave One Man Behind

The Martian is the Apollo 13 of our generation.
Kristian Lin
Of late, directors the caliber of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird have made science-fiction spectacles engineered to lift our spirits and turn our faces to the skies again but only wound up falling on their faces in Interstella...

Emily Blunt's job takes her to a dark place in "Sicario."

Blunt Force

Sinister and gritty, Sicario is a laudable thriller of the drug war.
Kristian Lin
Emily Blunt is on some kind of tear. We used to think of her as some proper English rose living among unthreatening romantic comedies, but that was before she turned herself into an action heroine in Edge of Tomorrow and proved...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Green Inferno (R) Eli Roth’s latest horror film is about a group of student activists who find themselves being stalked by a supernatural force in the South American rainforest. Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, ...

Cooties opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Cooties (R) Elijah Wood stars in this horror-comedy as a schoolteacher who must lead his fellow teachers to safety after a virus outbreak turns all the children in his community into monsters. Also with Rainn Wilson, Al...

Johnny Depp ponders his next criminal misdeed in Black Mass.


Whitey Bulger’s story gets drowned in self-importance in Black Mass.
Kristian Lin
On some level, I can’t help but feel sorry for Black Mass. This movie gives off every sign of wanting to be very serious and important: the large canvas, the 2-hour-plus running time, the A-list cast, the cinematography by Ma...

Dylan O'Brien is prepared to immolate himself in "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials."

Scorch Marks

The Maze Runner sequel emerges flavorless, as you might expect.
Kristian Lin
I must admit I was a bit bewildered when I heard that last year’s The Maze Runner was getting a sequel. The dystopian YA film was a fair-sized hit, but I struggled to remember anything that happened in it. I’ve seen better ...