Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill make an unlikely pair of friends in "The BFG."

The BFG: The Bigger They Are …

Steven Spielberg makes a giant flop in this Roald Dahl adaptation.
Kristian Lin
A few months ago, many observers were stunned when Mark Rylance won the Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his work on Bridge of Spies over favorite Sylvester Stallone. Maybe you saw the ceremony on TV and wondered who this Ry...


Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING The Duel (R) Liam Hemsworth stars in this Western as a Texas Ranger investigating a series of unexplained deaths in a small town. Also with Woody Harrelson, Alice Braga, Emory Cohen, William Sadler, Christopher Berry, a...

Elle Fanning’s not dead, merely posing for a photo shoot in The Neon Demon.

The Neon Demon: Fashion Victims

Women beware women in this gory horror film.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard that Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon caused boos and walkouts at Cannes. Sometimes it seems like every movie does that, but this one was so controversial that The Daily Mail called for it to be banned in...

The Phenom

The Phenom: Mental Games

Like its hero, this baseball drama loses its control.
Kristian Lin
You’ve seen Johnny Simmons around. The almost unbearably cute 29-year-old Dallas product has distinguished himself in Hollywood as the doomed boyfriend in Jennifer’s Body, the worshipful roadie in Scott Pilgrim vs. the Worl...

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (NR) Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s documentary profiles three teenagers who spent eight years in the 1980s making a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark...

Dory finds help from an octopus who can travel on land in Finding Dory.

Blue Tang Clan

Pixar’s sequel Finding Dory is good even if it’s watered down.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard rumors about a human lesbian couple turning up in Pixar’s Finding Dory. I was prepared to ignore the issue, but it suddenly seems much less silly now. Two women briefly appear who could possibly be interpreted...

Colin Firth and Jude Law toil over a big novel in "Genius."

Cry Wolfe

A stone, a leaf, an unfound drama exist in the literary biopic Genius.
Kristian Lin
Genius is a movie about Thomas Wolfe. I don’t mean the 1960s journalist who coined the term “radical chic.” That writer became known as Tom to avoid confusion with the Thomas Wolfe who wrote novels in the 1930s and was, i...

Photo by Will van Overbeek.

Death of a Rock Star

A Fort Worth punk rocker’s old film is breaking on through to the other side.
Jonathan Demme got me thinking about Jim Morrison the other day. I first met Demme, the great American auteur, in 1982, about a year after I graduated from film school at the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Hollywood...

Dheepan (R) (Opens Friday in Dallas)

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Dheepan (R) The winner of the Golden Palm at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s thriller stars Jesuthasan Antonythasan as a Sri Lankan freedom fighter who flees to France with two strangers whom he ...

A card trick goes awry for Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2.


Now You See Me 2: For their next trick, these magicians improve on the original.
Back in 2013, Now You See Me was seen by audiences as a nice surprise and by critics as largely flashy but empty sleight of hand. Though I love it when audiences disagree with critics and make up their own minds, I didn’t car...