Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Stephen Dorff stars as a reluctant hitman in David Jacobson’s thriller.

Florence Nightingale

Heavy themes weigh down the portentous road trip thriller Tomorrow You’re Gone.
KRISTIAN LIN
Lacking much in the way of star power, Tomorrow You’re Gone might well be a mystery to audiences when it opens this Friday in Grapevine. I wish I could say that the low-budget entry balances thrills and gravitas well enough t...


G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) The sequel to the 2010 action movie has the remnants of the commando force being hunted by their own government after the president (Jonathan Pryce) is kidnapped and replaced by a master o...



Maritza Santiago Hernandez braids Abbie Cornish's hair in "The Girl."

Watch the Woman, Not The Girl

This border drama boasts a better lead performance than it merits.
KRISTIAN LIN
Abbie Cornish is from Australia, and yet something about her makes filmmakers think of Texas. The blonde, apple-cheeked beauty already played a small-town Texas girl in Stop-Loss, and now she returns to the Lone Star State in T...


Gael García Bernal poses in front of his ad campaign’s rainbow flag in No.

The No Has It

¡Adiós, Presidente! An adman beats a dictator in this hot Chilean satire.
KRISTIAN LIN
Where advertising and politics meet, movies usually turn cynical and satiric. Political ads foul our airwaves, reduce complex policies to soundbites, pander to our unspoken prejudices and fears, and convince us to vote for dema...



On the Road opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: On the Road (R) Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) adapts Jack Kerouac’s novel about a young writer (Sam Riley) who takes a road trip across America with his best friend (Garrett Hedlund) and his new girlfriend (...


Nicole Kidman and the family secrets are spied on by Mia Wasikowska in Stoker.

Stoker: India and Korea

Your family is nowhere near as messed up as the one in this chiller.
KRISTIAN LIN
A few months ago, I wrote about the wave of South Korean filmmakers coming to America. That wave reaches much higher tide with Stoker, a slow-churning, delicately crafted psychological thriller that crawls under your skin. The ...



Tina Fey has a bit of trouble coping with her life and work in "Admission."

I Accept Admission

Tina Fey gives it the old college try in this comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Like all right-thinking persons, I adore Tina Fey. Yet for all her glorious work on TV, she still hasn’t made the great comedy film that we all know her to be capable of. Her latest, Admission, falls agonizingly short of grea...


"The Call" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Call (R) Halle Berry stars in this thriller as a 911 operator who becomes obsessed with stopping a serial killer whom she has encountered in the past. Also with Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, Dav...



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...