Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Brandon Wimmer brandishes a weapon at Jeff Wittekiend in Artisan Center Theater’s The 39 Steps.

Night & Day

Kristian Lin
Wednesday 26 – Seems entirely appropriate that Halloween week features a broadcast of Don Giovanni, an opera that ends with the main character being dragged down to Hell by the statue of the man he killed. The climax of M...

Sasha Lane feels the wind in her hair in American Honey.

American Honey: Lucky Star

A British director and a Dallas native make this road-trip movie truly epic.
Kristian Lin
You may not know who Andrea Arnold is, but she’s a genius. The native of Kent, England, has made films only sporadically in her homeland, but more often than not they’ve been blazing pieces of work, proudly working-class an...

Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connolly in American Pastoral.

American Pastoral: Trouble in Paradise

This adaptation misses everything essential about Philip Roth
Kristian Lin
Philip Roth is unquestionably one of the titans of American literature, and yet the cinematic landscape is littered with unsatisfactory adaptations of his work: Portnoy’s Complaint, The Human Stain, Elegy, The Humbling. They ...

Rachel Weisz stars as Deborah Lipstadt, the American professor of history who was sued for libel by British Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) in Denial.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING   American Pastoral (R) Ewan McGregor directs and stars in this adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about a man who wonders if his teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) is drifting into radical 1960s terrorism. Also wi...

Asura: City of Madness – Jung Woo-sung stars in this Korean thriller as a dirty cop who’s caught between a crooked mayor (Hwang Jung-min) and a ruthless prosecutor (Kwak Do-won).

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Accountant (R) Ben Affleck stars in this thriller as an Asperger’s syndrome-suffering accountant for crime lords who tries to extricate himself as his clients and law enforcement close in. Also with Anna Kendrick,...

Nat Parker leads his slaves in a bid for freedom in "The Birth of a Nation."

The Birth of a Nation: Paid in Blood

I have lots of thoughts. Some of them are about the movie.
Kristian Lin
It was going so well for The Birth of a Nation this past winter. Debuting just after the Oscars had nominated yet another slate of all-white actors and directors, this epic about a real-life African-American slave revolt (cheek...

The Alchemist Cookbook – Ty Hickson stars in this horror movie as a young slacker who falls prey to paranoid delusions while holed up alone in the woods.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING   The Alchemist Cookbook (NR) Ty Hickson stars in this horror movie as a young slacker who falls prey to paranoid delusions while holed up alone in the woods. Also with Amari Cheatom. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Bette...

Rusty Joiner tries to work out his religious doubts on the heavy bag in "Voiceless."

Voiceless: Abort! Abort!

In this pro-life drama, it’s the thinking that’s unborn.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw “God Is a Boob Man,” Saturday Night Live’s parody of contemporary Christian movies, when it aired this past spring. After sitting through God’s Not Dead (the original and the sequel), October Baby, Saving ...


Hollywood Round-Up

Three literary adaptations hit our multiplexes for prestige season.
Kristian Lin
Oscar season has started to get into swing with the release this week of three big Hollywood movies based on real-life stories or well-known literary properties. By far the best one to see is Queen of Katwe, which tells the sto...

The Disappointments Room

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Disappointments Room (R) Kate Beckinsale stars in this horror film as a mother who unleashes supernatural forces in the attic or her new rural home. Also with Duncan Joiner, Lucas Till, Michaela Conlin, Michael Land...