Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Nightcrawler opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Nightcrawler (R) Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this thriller as a creepy loner who becomes a freelance crime journalist taking videos of accidents, police chases, and crimes in progress. Also with Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Ann...


Michael Keaton is haunted by the character he created in Birdman.

Fly Away

Michael Keaton returns, and Birdman soars into the sky.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember the conversation in Neighbors this past summer, when Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s characters argued about whether Michael Keaton or Christian Bale was the better Batman? It was telling — Rogen’s character is old en...



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The Man with Two Horns

They should have called this movie The Devil and Daniel Radcliffe.
KRISTIAN LIN
If Horns reminds you of old Stephen King movie adaptations like Christine, Cujo, and Stand By Me, that’s partly because it’s based on a novel by Joe Hill, who is King’s son. The setting has been shifted from the Kings’ ...


Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) Michael Keaton stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film as a washed-up Hollywood star who stresses out as he prepares to star in his own Broadway pl...



Tessa Thompson (foreground, left) and her friends take a dim view of racial stereotypes in Dear White People.

The Blackness Project

Dear White People, here’s a campus comedy crackling with racial tension.
KRISTIAN LIN
Dear White People vividly reminds us of what we already know: It’s a complicated business growing up black in America. So many stereotypes have developed over the years that if you avoid one, you may very well fall into anoth...


Bill Murray relaxes while Jaeden Lieberher mows his lawn in St. Vincent.

Household Saint

A strong cast rescues St. Vincent from sentimental martyrdom.
KRISTIAN LIN
Really, St. Vincent isn’t anything new. This working-class dramedy is a modestly budgeted independent film, but it’s the same sort of sentimental tripe that Hollywood would have made into something intolerable 20 years ago....



St. Vincent opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: St. Vincent (PG-13) Bill Murray stars in this comedy as a misanthropic war veteran who agrees to babysit an 11-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who moves in next door. Also with Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’...


Edgar Degas’ “Dance Class” is part of the Kimbell’s Faces of Impressionism exhibit. See Sunday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 15 Verdi’s original opera version of Macbeth had the Scottish usurper sing a final aria after being mortally wounded by Macduff, but eventually the composer decided that that was too silly and returned to Shakespeare...



Joaquín, María, and Manolo stand in front of a Día de los Muertos world in The Book of Life.

Gran Libro

The Book of Life celebrates Day of the Dead in style.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood doesn’t put out many movies about Latinos that are pitched toward a general audience, let alone ones that are aimed specifically at families. The last such films that Hispanics could hold up with pride to their non-...


Brad Pitt (foreground) instructs Logan Lerman about operating the tank called Fury.

Tank Busting

The World War II drama Fury is exhausting and not in a good way.
KRISTIAN LIN
I rather liked David Ayer’s last film, the 2012 found-footage cop drama End of Watch. The financial success of that movie has allowed him to make Fury, a World War II film on a much bigger budget. Unhappily, the current movie...