Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Black lives matter: David Oyelowo (back row, center) leads a nonviolent protest in Selma.

Infinite Hope

Selma: Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King.
KRISTIAN LIN
I always write with one eye on how history will judge the movies I’m writing about. From that standpoint, I have a sneaking suspicion that Selma will look a bit square and conventional in 20 years. Right now, though, coming a...


Joaquin Phoenix is flabbergasted by the complexity of his newest case in "Inherent Vice."

Pot P.I.

A marijuana haze enshrouds the conspiracy plot in Inherent Vice.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s a great matchup of movie director and book. Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel Inherent Vice features the reclusive postmodern giant at his wackiest and most engaging. It’s a terrific subject for Paul Thomas Anderson, the...



Chris Evans makes his way to the front of the train in Snowpiercer.

Top 10 Movies of 2014

The year’s best films are English-only, and they’re not the ones you might think.
KRISTIAN LIN
I didn’t put any foreign-language films in my list of the year’s best movies. How the hell did that happen? Did the entire non-Anglophone world just have an off year? Did I watch all the wrong foreign movies? Or is this jus...


Jesus Christ! A Spanish bank robber fires back at pursuing police in "Witching and Bitching."

The Best Movie Moments of 2014

Kristian Lin
I did this feature last year and received enough response to encourage me to bring it back this year. This is my rundown of the most memorable moments from the year in cinema. As you can tell by the titles, some of these movies...



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Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 24 Through December, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel has given the locals a reason to visit with readings from children’s books like The Legend of the Poinsettia and An Otis Christmas, accompanied by hot chocolate and cooki...


American Sniper opens Thursday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: American Sniper (R) Bradley Cooper stars in Clint Eastwood’s biography of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Also with Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Brian Hallisay, Kyle Gallner, ...



Anna Kendrick ponders what to do on the steps of the palace in Into the Woods.

Today Was a Fairytale

Into the Woods: There was a baker and his wife, and it was beautiful.
KRISTIAN LIN
Way back before Disney rejuvenated itself by making animated musicals based on fairy tales sprinkled with witty songs, adult concerns, and a wisecracking modern attitude, Stephen Sondheim beat the studio to that territory with ...


Christoph Waltz bullies Amy Adams into giving up credit for her paintings in Big Eyes.

My Wife Could Paint That

Big Eyes is a potent story of abusive marriage and not-so-high art.
KRISTIAN LIN
The way to understand Big Eyes is not as a movie about art nor as a Tim Burton film, though it’s both of those things. No, Big Eyes is best understood as a movie about domestic abuse, and as such it’s actually more powerful...



Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar, at FWMSH’s IMAX theater.

Big Big Screens

BIG TICKET
After Christmas, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is bringing in two new films to show on its IMAX screen. The first is Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s jumbo-sized and very science-friendly space epic. The movie...


Quvenzhané Wallis plays with Sandy in the new Annie.

Hard Knocks

Annie: Instead of treated, we get tricked by this leaden musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
Going into the newest big-screen version of Annie, I actually had some hopes for its success. Yes, the Broadway show is a saccharine piece of work that scored a huge hit in 1977 largely because a depressed America wanted to be ...