Posts Tagged ‘movies’
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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Haunted House (R) Marlon Wayans stars in and co-writes this parody of found-footage horror movies. Also with Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Alanna Ubach, Affion Crockett, Nick Swardson,...


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Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 9 The term “universal design” applies to designing buildings and environments that provide access to both disabled and non-disabled people. Tonight, Mike Love of Atelier Design Associates will elaborate on the princ...



Jessica Chastain awaits confirmation of bin Laden’s death in Zero Dark Thirty.

Zero Dark Thirty: Tortured Logic

Osama gets killed. Woo-hoo! But this movie has some major issues.
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, everyone. Here it is, the movie where Osama bin Laden bites the big one. And yeah, it’s also topping lots of film critics’ lists of the best movies of 2012, and it’s a mortal lock for multiple Oscar nominations, but w...


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Gangster Squad: Old Hats

This retro cop thriller is rotten at its core.
KRISTIAN LIN
As you’ve probably heard, Gangster Squad was supposed to arrive in theaters last September, but it was also supposed to include a scene (visible in the film’s early trailers) of the bad guys shooting up the audience in a mo...



Zero Dark Thirty opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Zero Dark Thirty (R) Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Édgar Ramírez, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, ...


Anna Karenina now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
NOW PLAYING: Anna Karenina (R) Joe Wright turns Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece into a shallow, gimmicky movie that stars Keira Knightley as the married 19th-century Russian princess who torches her social status and her family by ...



Anne Hathaway (center) and other seamstresses find work in "Les Misérables."

Les Misérables: Do You Hear the Actors Sing?

At the end of the day, a strong cast saves this musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve never been a fan of Les Misérables, the Broadway musical, and the movie version reminded me of all the reasons: the bombast, the simplistic characters, the relentless self-seriousness, the endless ballads that all sound...


Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx ride the wild South in Django Unchained.

Django Unchained: I’m No Slave 4 U

Southern slaveowners are killed wholesale in Tarantino’s rip-snorting Western.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg put out Lincoln, a movie about the evils of slavery. Predictably, he took a serious, high-minded approach to the issue. This Christmas, Quentin Tarantino also has released a movie on slavery, and ju...



Rust and Bones opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rust and Bone (R) Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) adapts Craig Davidson’s short stories into this French-language romance between a Belgian MMA fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard)...


Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd face the middle of their lives in This Is 40.

Spawn of Knocked Up

Judd Apatow’s fingerprints are all over this week’s comedies.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the one hand, Judd Apatow may just be the defining comic genius of our generation. As a producer, he has discovered and nurtured so many talented actors, writers, and directors that his influence is to be found in places as ...