Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise get their glam rock on in "Rock of Ages."

Rock of Ages: Playing Jaxx

Big stars sing glam rock hits in this intriguing failure of a musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
When it debuted on Broadway in 2009, the stage musical Rock of Ages lured metalheads to the theater with a neatly bombastic package of nostalgia for 1980s hair metal music. Now the movie version hits screens peddling the same t...


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Girl in Progress: All About My Mother

This Latin family saga wins a recommendation by default.
KRISTIAN LIN
And still no one has discovered a reliable way to draw Latino audiences to movie theaters the way Tyler Perry has been able to draw African-American audiences. Maybe that’s a good thing; I’d rather have a few earnest dramas...



Delicacy opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Delicacy (NR) Audrey Tautou stars in this drama as a French widow hesitating about the romantic interest of a Swedish co-worker (François Damiens). Also with Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier, Joséphine de Meaux, Pi...


Top 10 Movies of 2011

Foreigners trump Americans at the theaters this year.
KRISTIAN LIN
Do better next year, Hollywood. That’s how I feel as I look back on the movies of 2011. American films dominated my Top 10 lists the last two years, but this year both Hollywood and the indies consistently fell short, their b...



The Next Oscar Winner?

KRISTIAN LIN
If the Lone Star International Film Festival is like Fort Worth’s version of Sundance, Christopher Kelly’s Modern Cinema: Great Movies You Haven’t Heard of … Yet is like our version of Toronto’s film festival, an adva...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Devil’s Double (R) Dominic Cooper stars in this drama (based on real-life events) as both Uday Hussein and an Iraqi man hired to impersonate Saddam Hussein’s son for security purposes. Also with Ludivine Sagnie...



A Better Life, Mi Hijo

A great performance distinguishes this immigration drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember watching Gregory Nava’s drama El Norte for my high-school Spanish class. I thought about that film while I was watching A Better Life, a movie that is also set in the world of illegal Latino immigrants in the Unite...


Bridesmaids Takes the Cake

Put on your ugliest dress to watch the comedy of the season.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s no shortage of recent comedy films that revolve around male friendship, so where are the equivalent movies about women? When it comes to comedies about adult female characters that don’t primarily focus on romance, ...



Win Win Loses Half the Battle

I hate to take down this wrestling movie, but here goes…
KRISTIAN LIN
By all rights I should like Tom McCarthy’s movies much better than I do. The writer-director of low-budget dramedies The Station Agent and The Visitor has a delightful, low-key sense of humor and handles actors exceptionally ...


Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Welcome to my fourth annual look at the mid-major categories of the annual Academy Awards (to be televised Sunday) It’s my way of pointing out who did the best work last year in these aspects of filmmaking that immeasurably a...