Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Oculus opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Oculus (R) Karen Gillan (TV’s Doctor Who) stars in this horror film as a young woman who tries to exonerate her brother (Brenton Thwaites) of their parents’ murder by proving that a cursed mirror is responsible. Al...


Denis Leary and Kevin Costner have a tense discussion in the Cleveland Browns’ front office on Draft Day.

No. 1 Pick

The Cleveland Browns finally win something in the dazzling Draft Day.
KRISTIAN LIN
I heard other people pitching Draft Day as the NFL version of Moneyball. Certainly this movie is going for the same thing as Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated baseball film, to squeeze gripping drama out of the world of sports...



Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman go at each other with curved blades in a restaurant kitchen in The Raid 2.

Power Raid

This sequel to the Indonesian martial-arts gem is even bigger and badder.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed The Raid: Redemption two years ago, I asked, “When was the last time you saw a badass Indonesian film?” Many people chose that martial-arts film as their maiden experience, and so we have the sequel The Raid...


Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) Chris Evans stars in his superhero’s latest adventure, as he further adjusts to the modern world and battles an old Soviet nemesis (Sebastian Stan). Also with Scarlett Joha...



Russell Crowe plays Noah as a B.C. eco-terrorist.

Noah: Biblical Match Maker

There’s a lot to like, especially the creative license, in Darren Aronofsky’s epic.
STEVE STEWARD
Has Darren Aronofsky long held a desire to make a Lord of the Rings movie? Because Noah bears a lot of stylistic similarities to Peter Jackson’s trilogy of fantasy adaptations. For one thing, Noah’s world mirrors the one fr...


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Blazing a Trail

Actor Jasmin Jandreau goes from Hurst to Europe in a few short years.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jasmin Jandreau was born in Los Angeles, but, she said, she’s definitely a “Texas girl.” Indeed, the actor grew up in Richardson and graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. She made it back to L.A., but in the last...



Cesar Chavez opens Friday

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cesar Chavez (PG-13) Diego Luna makes his directing debut with this biography starring Michael Peña as the civil rights activist and labor leader. Also with Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Jacob Vargas, Gabriel Mann,...


Shailene Woodley is welcomed into her new faction in Divergent.

Born This Way

The latest YA sci-fi best seller is a hit movie, but is it good?
KRISTIAN LIN
I think the ideal time to see Divergent is when you’re a teenager. This dystopian science-fiction saga based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel is all about teens sorting themselves out. Literally, the future society the...



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Turn the Page(s)

In making Dallas Buyers Club, filmmakers mined UNT Libraries’ archives.
COLE WILLIAMS
Librarians and Hollywood types don’t tend to intermingle. One group focuses on details and research, and the other exists primarily to stretch the truth, even in movies based on real people or events. But these two worlds mes...


Bad Words opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bad Words (R) Jason Bateman stars in his own directorial debut as a 40-year-old man who takes advantage of a loophole in the rules to compete in a national spelling bee for middle-school kids. Also with Kathryn Hahn, R...