Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Anna Karenina now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
NOW PLAYING: Anna Karenina (R) Joe Wright turns Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece into a shallow, gimmicky movie that stars Keira Knightley as the married 19th-century Russian princess who torches her social status and her family by ...


Anne Hathaway (center) and other seamstresses find work in "Les Misérables."

Les Misérables: Do You Hear the Actors Sing?

At the end of the day, a strong cast saves this musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve never been a fan of Les Misérables, the Broadway musical, and the movie version reminded me of all the reasons: the bombast, the simplistic characters, the relentless self-seriousness, the endless ballads that all sound...



Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx ride the wild South in Django Unchained.

Django Unchained: I’m No Slave 4 U

Southern slaveowners are killed wholesale in Tarantino’s rip-snorting Western.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg put out Lincoln, a movie about the evils of slavery. Predictably, he took a serious, high-minded approach to the issue. This Christmas, Quentin Tarantino also has released a movie on slavery, and ju...


Rust and Bones opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rust and Bone (R) Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) adapts Craig Davidson’s short stories into this French-language romance between a Belgian MMA fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard)...



Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd face the middle of their lives in This Is 40.

Spawn of Knocked Up

Judd Apatow’s fingerprints are all over this week’s comedies.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the one hand, Judd Apatow may just be the defining comic genius of our generation. As a producer, he has discovered and nurtured so many talented actors, writers, and directors that his influence is to be found in places as ...


A Royal Affair plays at the Modern, Fri-Sun.

Ribbons and Reels

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KinoMonda closes out the fall semester with an uplifting movie for the holiday season. The Women on the 6th Floor is about an uptight Parisian couple whose hearts grow a couple of sizes when they get to know the Spanish maids w...



Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in Any Day Now opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Any Day Now (R) Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in this drama as a 1970s gay couple who fight to keep custody of an abandoned Down syndrome-afflicted teen (Isaac Leyva) living with them. Also with Frances Fisher...


Half Moon screens at 6:30pm at TCU, Sid Richardson Bldg Wednesday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 12 Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi has long been obsessed with capturing the bewilderingly diverse music of his country on film, as he did in his 2010 film No One Knows About Persian Cats. His 2006 effort Half Moon, li...



Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in Hyde Park on Hudson.

Hyde Park: FDR & HRH

This tepid comedy longs for a bygone, less intrusive time.
KRISTIAN LIN
Unadventurous and ultimately forgettable, Hyde Park on Hudson played at the Lone Star Film Festival last month to an appreciative reception, and it begins a regular theatrical run in North Texas this weekend. Based on a stage p...


Martin Freeman leads a company of dwarves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Hobbit Forming

Looks are the only thing going for this epic, but just look at it!
KRISTIAN LIN
You’ve seen the giant JumboTron at Cowboys Stadium, right? Well, watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is like having that JumboTron installed in your local movie theater. And projecting in 3D, on top of that. As you may...