Posts Tagged ‘movies’
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 ...


A Royal Affair plays at the Modern, Fri-Sun.

Ribbons and Reels

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KinoMonda closes out the fall semester with an uplifting movie for the holiday season. The Women on the 6th Floor is about an uptight Parisian couple whose hearts grow a couple of sizes when they get to know the Spanish maids w...



Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in Any Day Now opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Any Day Now (R) Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in this drama as a 1970s gay couple who fight to keep custody of an abandoned Down syndrome-afflicted teen (Isaac Leyva) living with them. Also with Frances Fisher...


Half Moon screens at 6:30pm at TCU, Sid Richardson Bldg Wednesday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 12 Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi has long been obsessed with capturing the bewilderingly diverse music of his country on film, as he did in his 2010 film No One Knows About Persian Cats. His 2006 effort Half Moon, li...



Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in Hyde Park on Hudson.

Hyde Park: FDR & HRH

This tepid comedy longs for a bygone, less intrusive time.
KRISTIAN LIN
Unadventurous and ultimately forgettable, Hyde Park on Hudson played at the Lone Star Film Festival last month to an appreciative reception, and it begins a regular theatrical run in North Texas this weekend. Based on a stage p...


Martin Freeman leads a company of dwarves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Hobbit Forming

Looks are the only thing going for this epic, but just look at it!
KRISTIAN LIN
You’ve seen the giant JumboTron at Cowboys Stadium, right? Well, watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is like having that JumboTron installed in your local movie theater. And projecting in 3D, on top of that. As you may...



End of Watch opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: End of Watch (R) The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña is the best thing in this buddy-cop thriller that thinks it’s more groundbreaking than it is. They portray L.A. beat cops who film themselves a...


Constantine Maroulis comes to Dallas to headline Jekyll & Hyde today thru Sun, Dec 16.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 5 Having starred in the Broadway version of Rock of Ages (and getting a cameo in the movie version), Constantine Maroulis now comes to Dallas to headline Jekyll & Hyde. Frank Wildhorn’s glossy musical adaptation o...



Gerard Butler prepares to hit the practice field in "Playing for Keeps."

Playing for Keeps: Blown Dryer

After starting strong, this soccer romance fades badly in the second half.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not sure what convinced Gerard Butler and decision-makers in Hollywood that his best move was to start portraying brash Americans. Whatever it was, it has done him no favors in the past few years, as his acting has steadi...


Anthony Hopkins holds his next project in his hands in Hitchcock

Hitchcock: American Psycho

This behind-the-scenes drama runs into a few hitches.
KRISTIAN LIN
Nothing in Hitchcock tops its opening sequence. After serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) murders his brother with a shovel, the camera pans to Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) standing a few feet away, wearing a suit and...