Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Ethan Hawke! Ethan Hawke! Playing a true-crime novelist in a haunted house leaves little time for flicking on lightswitches.

Sinister: Hum-Bughuul

Though not a bad fright, this new horror-thriller has lots of holes.
STEVE STEWARD
If cinema has taught us anything, it’s that whenever a writer moves to a new town/house/hotel, he or she is inevitably going to scare up something terrifying, start to go crazy, and possibly attempt to turn the spouse into cu...


Wow, everyone's so pretty! The cast seems to be enjoying all the "Blissful Lies."

Films on the Fly

TCU grad Jennifer Brown-Thomas does everything, learning as she goes.
KRISTIAN LIN
Half a dozen things make demands on Jennifer Brown-Thomas’ time these days, but she looks remarkably put together as she arrives for an interview — even her jeans seem ripped in an artful way. The 26-year-old Fort Worth nat...



Butter opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Butter (R) Jennifer Garner stars in this political satire as an Iowa woman who expects to finally win her local butter-sculpting competition, only to see her supremacy challenged by a little girl (Yara Shahidi) with pr...


Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo! These girls look good. Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick, and Alexis Knapp in "Pitch Perfect."

Pitch Perfect: College Notes

It’s the Bring It On of a cappella singing competitions!
KRISTIAN LIN
Between Glee, YouTube, and TV’s various singing competition shows, our pop culture is awash in cover songs like never before. That’s why the spectacle of a bunch of mostly white college girls covering Blackstreet’s “No ...



Stolen opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Stolen (R) Nicolas Cage stars in this thriller as a former thief who frantically searches for his kidnapped daughter. Also with Josh Lucas, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Barry Shabaka Henley, M.C. Gainey, Mark Valley, and...


Richard Gere thinks hard about evading criminal charges in Arbitrage.

Arbitrage: High-Risk Bonds

A billionaire deals for his life in this frigid crime thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
One thing about New York City: In no other place on Earth are the very rich, the very poor, and everybody in between thrown together in such close quarters. The icy Arbitrage recognizes this to terrific effect. The proximity gi...



Alcoholics Anonymous founder William Wilson relaxes in his study in "Bill W."

Bill W.: Demon Drink

AA’s founder is the subject of this complex, nuanced documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
The title of Bill W. refers to William G. Wilson, the former Wall Street securities analyst who lost his livelihood to alcoholism and the Great Depression and went on to found Alcoholics Anonymous. This documentary about his li...


Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Sisto, and Susan Sarandon star in Robot & Frank now playing in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Cold Light of Day (PG-13) Henry Cavill stars in this thriller as a young Wall Street trader who must save his family in Madrid after they’re kidnapped over information wanted by the CIA. Also with Bruce Willis, V...



Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Kirsten Dunst tote a trash bag holding a ripped wedding dress around the streets of Manhattan in "Bachelorette."

Bachelorette: Maids of Dishonor

Horrid girls misbehave in this comedy, and you can’t look away.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember that post-Bridesmaids wave of ill-behaved female humor that I mentioned last week? It reaches high tide this week with Bachelorette, a comedy that is also about a bunch of bridesmaids and features one of the same actor...


Zoe Saldana provides Bradley Cooper with some inspiration in The Words.

Hollywood Words

There’s nothing particularly writerly about this bland psychological thriller.
ZACK SHLACHTER
For a film about writers, The Words isn’t particularly well written. Scripted and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, the movie features a familiar plotline: A struggling novelist stumbles on an unpublished manuscrip...