Posts Tagged ‘movies’
"Embrace of the Serpent" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Embrace of the Serpent (NR) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this Colombian drama is about an Amazon River shaman (Antonio Bolívar) who works with two European scientists (Jan Bijvoet and Brionne Davis) t...

Géza Röhrig is a Jewish man on a mission in "Son of Saul."

Buried Child

The Oscar-winning Son of Saul makes the Holocaust freshly horrifying.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve seen a few too many uninspired Holocaust dramas like I have, you might start to think that the subject is played out and that there’s no way to tell this chapter of history differently. Son of Saul manages to brin...

The Other Side of the Door

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Boy and the Beast (PG-13) This Japanese animated film by Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars) is about a street kid who stumbles upon a world filled with warrior beasts. Voices by Eric Vale, John Swasey, Monica Rial, Alex Or...

Judy and Nick wait patiently for the sloths at the DMV to do their work in Zootopia.

The Hop Cop

That rabbit is dynamite! Zootopia’s cuddly exterior hides some thorny issues.
Kristian Lin
I must admit that for a Disney animated film about an adorable little bunny rabbit, Zootopia proved harder to shake off than I expected. I should have taken a closer look at the behind-the-scenes talent involved in this, but th...

Tina Fey reports on the latest from a war-torn region in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."

Unbreakable Kimmy Baker

Tina Fey goes to a war zone in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Kristian Lin
I hate to keep harping on the subject of whitewashing, but Hollywood keeps shoving it back in my face. One of the major supporting characters in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an Afghan named Fahim, a former doctor who’s now workin...

"Backtrack" opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Backtrack (R) Adrien Brody stars in this supernatural thriller as a psychiatrist who discovers that all the patients he’s been seeing are ghosts. Also with Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Chloe Ba...

Sandy Powell’s costumes for Carol were some of the year’s best.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
I’m joining the Oscar boycott this year. It’s partly out of sympathy with #OscarsSoWhite, but it’s mostly because I don’t think any of the major categories are going to be won by movies I care about. So I’d like to th...

"Theeb" (Opens Friday in Dallas)

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Theeb (NR) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this Jordanian movie stars Jacir Eid al-Hwietat as a Bedouin boy who must guide a British army officer (Jack Fox) through the desert to a secret meeting during W...

A blood-spattered Anya Taylor-Joy looks to Hell for guidance in The Witch.


Oh, damn! The Witch is 2016’s first great horror movie.
Kristian Lin
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve just run across the first genuinely Satanic movie of my life. Lots of horror flicks traffic in mere demonic trappings and symbols and Latin phrases. The Witch, however, truly feels like it was touch...

Kiefer Sutherland makes an entrance in Forsaken.

Not-So-Young Guns

The Western Forsaken will be mostly forgotten.
Kristian Lin
Somewhat illogically, I think that Forsaken would have been better if it had been made 25 years ago with the same cast of actors. It certainly would have gotten more exposure. Set in 1872, this low-budget Western stars Kiefer S...