Posts Tagged ‘movies’
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...

"Only Yesterday" plays as part of Anime at the Modern.

Past and Future

Fort Worth Weekly
Tarrant County’s community of anime fans continues to keep the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Anime at the Modern festival going. Where once the festival concentrated largely on films by the internationally acclaimed Hay...

Captain Fantastic opens Friday

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Captain Fantastic (R) Viggo Mortensen stars in this comedy as a hippie father of six in the rural Pacific Northwest whose unorthodox parenting style is forced to confront the outside world. Also with George MacKay, Sama...

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn go drunken grocery shopping in Bad Moms.

Bad Moms: Oh, Mama!

These mothers cut loose in one of the summer’s funniest comedies.
Kristian Lin
The late Garry Marshall’s last film was released this spring. It was called Mother’s Day, and it wasn’t mentioned in many of the director’s obituaries, mostly because it was terrible and a sad ending to his long career....

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart check out Hollywood's stateliest homes in "Cafe Society."

Café Society: Beautiful People

Kristen Stewart outshines Tinseltown and Woody Allen's latest.
Kristian Lin
So it turns out that the latest young actress to give a dazzling performance in a Woody Allen film wasn’t Emma Stone but rather Kristen Stewart. Hands up, everybody who called that one. (Yeah, I didn’t think so.) In his lat...