Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi have a magical face-off with Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Wonderstone, Oz: Lesser Wizards

Two movies about magic go up in a puff of smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of the earliest filmmakers, Georges Meliès, started out as a magician, so it’s really no surprise that filmmakers have long felt an affinity with magicians. They both practice the art of diverting our attention for the p...


"Oz the Great and Powerful" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Sam Raimi directs this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel, starring James Franco as the man from Kansas who is destined to be the Wizard of Oz. Also with Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Mich...



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Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 6 UNT Symphony Orchestra plays this evening with the school’s Concerto Competition winners. Seven pieces of music will be heard in all, including Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Ravel’s glorious Piano Concerto for t...


Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune pursue an ill-starred wartime romance in Emperor.

Emperor: Occupy Japan

This post-WWII movie is a romance that should have been a detective story.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Japan that inspires Western filmmakers to make such boring dramas about the place? You could say that Westerners don’t understand Japan, but then look at all the Hollywood movies that have been made in Italy ...



Nicole Leigh Jones steps off a train in this Grapevine-filmed scene in "Shroud."

David Jetre Unveils Shroud

A Denton filmmaker distributes his Western himself.
KRISTIAN LIN
“We didn’t want to sell when we were desperate,” said Denton native David Jetre about his debut film, Shroud. The supernatural Western wrapped in 2009, when the country was in the depths of a major recession. With his fil...


"A Place at the Table" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Place at the Table (PG) Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s documentary examines the problem of American schoolchildren who don’t have enough food. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Bitter Buddha (NR) Steven Feinart...



Nicholas Hoult scales unimagined heights in Jack the Giant Slayer.

Jacked Up

Bryan Singer comes back with this smarter-than-usual fairy tale movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I went to Jack the Giant Slayer to find out what the hell happened to Bryan Singer. Ten years ago, he was one of Hollywood’s hottest directors, after breaking through with the ingenious The Usual Suspects (1995) and then scor...


Ed Harris and William Fichtner prepare to shove off in "Phantom."

Phantom: Cold Sub

This underwater thriller takes a different viewpoint and not much else.
KRISTIAN LIN
In the narrow field of movies set on Soviet submarines, Phantom comes a distant second to The Hunt for Red October and struggles to outpace K-19: The Widowmaker. This film is based on a real-life incident in 1968 that, as a tit...



Dark Skies opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Dark Skies (PG-13) This horror film by Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) is about a suburban family who suspect they’re being targeted by alien abductors. Starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett...


The Playroom opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENINGS: The Playroom (NR) This Dallas-filmed drama stars John Hawkes and Molly Parker as alcoholic parents who carry on a night of drinking in their home while their children tell stories in the attic. Also with Olivia Harris...