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VVOES headlines at the Live Oak, Wed.

Night & Day

Kristian Lin
Wed 24 – The letter “w” used to be printed as a double v, a touch that inspired the title cards for the film The Witch and also the name of the band VVoes, the indie-rock outfit that just won Best New Band at Fort Wor...


Ben-Hur

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Ben-Hur (PG-13) Not the 1959 Oscar-winning epic, but another adaptation of Lew Wallace’s novel about a prince (Jack Huston) seeking revenge for his enslavement during the time of Christ. Also with Toby Kebbell, Rodrig...



Ben Foster and Chris Pine contemplate the land they’re prepared to kill for in Hell or High Water.

Hell or High Water: Texas Hold-Up

Set in West Texas, a hellacious thriller of the recession.
Kristian Lin
The big economic recession that hit eight years ago has inspired its share of films like 99 Homes and The Big Short, but even the lightest of these have been burdened by a certain amount of preachiness and moral outrage. The co...


Paper cranes lift a boy hero into the sky in "Kubo and the Two Strings."

Kubo and the Two Strings: Paperboy

This animated film from Laika Entertainment is a magnificent paper tiger.
Kristian Lin
I must confess I’m less enamored with Kubo and the Two Strings than most other people seem to be. This stop-motion animated film is from Laika Entertainment, which is on some kind of tear after making The Boxtrolls, ParaNorma...



Hell or High Water

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Hell or High Water (R) Ben Foster and Chris Pine star in this thriller as two brothers who launch a desperate criminal scheme to save their family farm in Texas. Also with Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon, Taylor Sheridan, Krist...


Pete’s Dragon
Starring Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Robert Redford. Directed by David Lowery. Written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, based on Malcolm Marmorstein’s screenplay. Rated PG.

Pete’s Dragon: Beast of the Northern Wild

A Fort Worth director triumphs in this Disney remake.
Kristian Lin
Disney Studios continue to raid their back catalog of animated hits to remake into live-action films for a new era, and so far I’ve been underwhelmed by the results. (Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the live-act...



Meryl Streep cuts a recording while Simon Helberg (foreground) accompanies her in "Florence Foster Jenkins."

Florence Foster Jenkins: Murder on the High Cs

Meryl Streep misses her high notes in this muted music drama.
Kristian Lin
Meryl Streep has proven her singing ability time and again, so it seems more than a bit perverse to cast her as one of the worst opera singers in recorded history, which is what Florence Foster Jenkins does. She plays the title...


David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest try to reach an understanding during Five Nights in Maine.

Five Nights in Maine: Loved and Lost

A New England bereavement story wastes two good actors.
Kristian Lin
Opening this week at AMC Grapevine Mills for a limited run, Five Nights in Maine is a racially charged two-hander of a bereavement drama with one Oscar-winning actress and one actor who was infamously screwed out of an Oscar no...



Trippin’ to the Altar

He’s Trippin’

An Austin filmmaker snags a prize at the Fort Worth Indie Film Festival.
Kristian Lin
At 52, David Reyes took a while to finally finish his first fiction film. “I was part of that sad generation that saw Star Wars and decided [filmmaking] was what I wanted to do,” said the Austin filmmaker. “I was 14 years...


Amateur Night

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Amateur Night (NR) Jason Biggs stars in this comedy as an unemployed architecture student who takes a job driving sex workers to their meeting places. Also with Janet Montgomery, Ashley Tisdale, Bria L. Murphy, Jenny Mo...