Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert cast a look at the road out of town in Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Creatures: Good Witch of the South

A popular teen novel becomes this uneven, funny movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I wasn’t overly impressed when I read Beautiful Creatures, the popular young-adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So I was delighted to find myself thoroughly enjoying the movie version, or at least the first half o...


Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel star in "Safe Haven".

Safe Haven: Harboring a Fugitive

More of the same from Nicholas Sparks, with a weak lead performance.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’ve established pretty well that I’m not a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ novels or the movies made from them. The latest such weeper, Safe Haven, did not change my mind, but it did give me a tiny crumb of insight as to why th...



Rooney Mara tries to keep it together at a ritzy party with Channing Tatum in Side Effects.

Side Effects: Magic Pill

Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller defies your early diagnosis.
KRISTIAN LIN
Warning: This review gives away a major plot twist in the film. Do not read after the spoiler alert if you wish to be surprised.   An early front-runner for the best movie of 2013, Side Effects is a bit of a throwback. It ...


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Mark Hulme’s Way

A Fort Worth media mogul crashes Hollywood as a producer.
KRISTIAN LIN
A Fort Worth native now based in Dallas, Mark Hulme has spent much of his first 50 or so years building a publishing business. He’s a newcomer to movies, but his maiden effort as a producer has made a big splash: an Ashton Ku...



"Sound City" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sound City (NR) Dave Grohl’s documentary about the studio in Van Nuys, Calif., where Nevermind and many other famous rock albums were recorded. Also with Frank Black, Lindsey Buckingham, Rivers Cuomo, Mick Fleetwood,...


Nicholas Hoult ponders his place in Darwinian theory in Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies: My Heart Skips a Beat

This zombie comedy has a lot of talent, but it’s the wrong kind.
KRISTIAN LIN
The field is unexpectedly crowded when it comes to zombie movies that are funny. If Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies falls short of the magnificent standard set by Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombi...



Christopher Walken and Al Pacino re-enact old times in "Stand Up Guys."

Stand Up Guys: Last Valentine

Pacino and Walken form a disappointing partnership in this mob drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
To be clear, Stand Up Guys is not about comedians telling jokes in nightclubs. Instead, it’s a shaggy drama about two retired New Jersey mobsters facing their mortality. More to the point, it’s a vehicle for two brilliant l...


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) directs this fantasy starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as grown-up versions of the fairy-tale siblings, who now travel the world exterminating wi...



Off the Wall: Maverick Quilts now at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 23 The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame pays tribute to unorthodox quilting designs with Off the Wall: Maverick Quilts. The appropriately titled show (which thankfully wasn’t titled Crazy Quilts) features quil...


Emmanuelle Riva plays piano in her home before illness strikes in Amour.

Amour, Quartet: Old Wave

Two movies about seniors (and classical music) redress the balance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Movies tend to neglect seniors as subjects. This is neither a recent phenomenon, nor is it a Hollywood thing. Filmmakers and audiences everywhere have been entranced by the passions of youth or the assurance of vigorous middle ...