Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Chiwetel Ejiofor stands up under interrogation by Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave.

We Shall Be Free

12 Years a Slave is terrible, inspirational, devastating, magnificent.
KRISTIAN LIN
I screamed at somebody after I saw 12 Years a Slave. I don’t usually do that after a movie, but this fellow critic just made me furious. “I’m a white Southerner,” she said. “I don’t need to see this.” I’ll admit...


Chloë Grace Moretz wreaks her vengeance on her high-school's senior class in Carrie.

Carrie On

Try watching the new Carrie without preconceptions. It’s hard but worth it.
KRISTIAN LIN
A lot of moviegoers were outraged at the idea of making a second movie version of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. I understand the attachment to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation, but I don’t remember the same outrage greetin...



Carrie opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Carrie (R) The second big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the bullied high-school girl who can move things with her mind. Also with Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubl...


Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl take up a crusade for the truth in The Fifth Estate.

Springing Leaks

Rejoice, Cumberbitches! The leading man is the best thing about The Fifth Estate.
KRISTIAN LIN
Is Julian Assange a hero or a creep? Going into The Fifth Estate, I entertained both opinions about the founder of WikiLeaks. However, this biopic about the polarizing Australian blogger does better than split the difference. I...



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Michael Cain’s New Start

A festival director becomes a movie director with an addiction documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
Longview native Michael Cain remembers the drive-in theater he used to go to when he was a boy, where he saw everything from The Sound of Music to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “I’d watch Bruce Lee movies there, and they int...


Tom Hanks tries to keep his cool during a hijacking at sea in Captain Phillips.

Hostage at Sea

Tom Hanks is an island of humanity in the impersonal Captain Phillips.
KRISTIAN LIN
Most Americans, if they know Somalia at all, know it as one of the world’s really bad places to be. The recent terrorist attack on a Kenyan mall by Somalis underscores the importance of attaining a better knowledge of this pa...



Gerda and Orm try to overcome mutual distrust to defeat the Snow Queen.

Freezing Reign

Snow Queen is an animated film from Russia! Yeah, that’s it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s something new for all you animation geeks out there. Outside of Hollywood, the countries of Japan and France have built rich traditions of animation. We rarely see an animated film from someplace other than those natio...


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Not Too Late

At last, a romantic comedy for ordinary people! Enough Said.
KRISTIAN LIN
Amid all the publicity that Gravity is pulling in, let’s not lose track of Enough Said, which is expanding into local theaters this week. It’s easy to say that movies about middle-aged romance, especially ones from a female...



Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rub up against each other on the dance floor in Don Jon.

Porn Again

An actor enjoys his first time (writing and directing) in Don Jon.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the last week of September? For the third straight year (after last year’s Looper and 2011’s 50/50), the actor stars in a movie that opens on this particular weekend. Now comes Don ...


Enough Said opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Enough Said (PG-13) Nicole Holofcener (Please Give, Lovely & Amazing) directs this comedy about a middle-aged divorcée (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who discovers that her new boyfriend (the late James Gandolfini) is the ...