Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Bill Murray relaxes while Jaeden Lieberher mows his lawn in St. Vincent.

Household Saint

A strong cast rescues St. Vincent from sentimental martyrdom.
KRISTIAN LIN
Really, St. Vincent isn’t anything new. This working-class dramedy is a modestly budgeted independent film, but it’s the same sort of sentimental tripe that Hollywood would have made into something intolerable 20 years ago....


St. Vincent opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: St. Vincent (PG-13) Bill Murray stars in this comedy as a misanthropic war veteran who agrees to babysit an 11-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who moves in next door. Also with Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’...



Edgar Degas’ “Dance Class” is part of the Kimbell’s Faces of Impressionism exhibit. See Sunday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 15 Verdi’s original opera version of Macbeth had the Scottish usurper sing a final aria after being mortally wounded by Macduff, but eventually the composer decided that that was too silly and returned to Shakespeare...


Joaquín, María, and Manolo stand in front of a Día de los Muertos world in The Book of Life.

Gran Libro

The Book of Life celebrates Day of the Dead in style.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood doesn’t put out many movies about Latinos that are pitched toward a general audience, let alone ones that are aimed specifically at families. The last such films that Hispanics could hold up with pride to their non-...



Brad Pitt (foreground) instructs Logan Lerman about operating the tank called Fury.

Tank Busting

The World War II drama Fury is exhausting and not in a good way.
KRISTIAN LIN
I rather liked David Ayer’s last film, the 2012 found-footage cop drama End of Watch. The financial success of that movie has allowed him to make Fury, a World War II film on a much bigger budget. Unhappily, the current movie...


Addicted opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Addicted (R) Sharon Leal stars in this drama as a woman who jeopardizes her marriage and career for a series of extramarital affairs. Also with Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, William Levy, Tasha Smith, and Kat Graham. (...



MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibit catches on at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Night & Day

KRISTAIN LIN
WED ▪ 8 The Dallas VideoFest kicks off today with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger, a 1926 film based on the story of Jack the Ripper. Later on the festival will show This Is Spinal Tap, Charles Burnett’s mast...


Jeremy Renner urgently follows another lead in Kill the Messenger.

Webb of Truths

The journalism drama Kill the Messenger misses its deadline by a decade or so.
Kristian Lin
Through the first half of Kill the Messenger, I found myself thinking that this journalism drama would have blown me away if I’d seen it 15 years ago. And then I realized that I was wrong. This thing is too overheated and poo...



Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall work out legal strategy and family issues in "The Judge."

Contempt of Court

In being almost good, The Judge is infuriating.
COLE WILLIAMS
When reviewing a movie called The Judge, there’s a temptation to use a really corny pun in the headline. “The Judge found guilty of mediocrity” or “The Judge sentenced to bad movie jail.” Stuff like that. Unless it’...


Drive Hard opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Drive Hard (NR) John Cusack takes a break from all the grim thrillers he’s been doing to co-star in this lighthearted caper comedy that somehow manages to be more depressing than the grim thrillers. He plays a touris...