Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Cover-11.5.14

Grappling with the Glitz Machine

North Texas film veterans spend their lives looking for the key to turn art into commerce.
story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
Q: What do you get when you put three North Texas film veterans in a home office in Cleburne? A: Lots of talent, great ideas, excellent films and TV shows to their credit — and almost no money. Also, possibly, a grasp of what...


Reese Witherspoon in Wild, part of LSIFF.

Multiple Screens

BIG TICKET
For its eighth edition, the Lone Star International Film Festival has joined forces with Christopher Kelly of the late, lamented Modern Cinema festival. Together, they’re putting on what promises to be the biggest Lone Star f...



Nightcrawler opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Nightcrawler (R) Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this thriller as a creepy loner who becomes a freelance crime journalist taking videos of accidents, police chases, and crimes in progress. Also with Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Ann...


Michael Keaton is haunted by the character he created in Birdman.

Fly Away

Michael Keaton returns, and Birdman soars into the sky.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember the conversation in Neighbors this past summer, when Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s characters argued about whether Michael Keaton or Christian Bale was the better Batman? It was telling — Rogen’s character is old en...



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The Man with Two Horns

They should have called this movie The Devil and Daniel Radcliffe.
KRISTIAN LIN
If Horns reminds you of old Stephen King movie adaptations like Christine, Cujo, and Stand By Me, that’s partly because it’s based on a novel by Joe Hill, who is King’s son. The setting has been shifted from the Kings’ ...


Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) Michael Keaton stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film as a washed-up Hollywood star who stresses out as he prepares to star in his own Broadway pl...



Tessa Thompson (foreground, left) and her friends take a dim view of racial stereotypes in Dear White People.

The Blackness Project

Dear White People, here’s a campus comedy crackling with racial tension.
KRISTIAN LIN
Dear White People vividly reminds us of what we already know: It’s a complicated business growing up black in America. So many stereotypes have developed over the years that if you avoid one, you may very well fall into anoth...


Bill Murray relaxes while Jaeden Lieberher mows his lawn in St. Vincent.

Household Saint

A strong cast rescues St. Vincent from sentimental martyrdom.
KRISTIAN LIN
Really, St. Vincent isn’t anything new. This working-class dramedy is a modestly budgeted independent film, but it’s the same sort of sentimental tripe that Hollywood would have made into something intolerable 20 years ago....



St. Vincent opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: St. Vincent (PG-13) Bill Murray stars in this comedy as a misanthropic war veteran who agrees to babysit an 11-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who moves in next door. Also with Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’...


Edgar Degas’ “Dance Class” is part of the Kimbell’s Faces of Impressionism exhibit. See Sunday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 15 Verdi’s original opera version of Macbeth had the Scottish usurper sing a final aria after being mortally wounded by Macduff, but eventually the composer decided that that was too silly and returned to Shakespeare...