Posts Tagged ‘movies’
Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in August: Osage County at LSFF.

Lucky Seven

BIG TICKET
The seventh annual Lone Star Film Festival takes place this weekend and gives us an advance look at Oscar-contending movies. Foremost among those are Nebraska, a deadpan black-and-white comedy by Alexander Payne (The Descendant...


Blue Is The Warmest Color opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blue Is the Warmest Color (NC-17) The controversial top-prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Abdellatif Kechiche’s film about a 15-year-old French girl (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who has a torrid affair ...



Hangman’s House of Horrors is hanging it up .

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 30 It’s the last hurrah for Hangman’s House of Horrors. After 25 years, the Fort Worth institution (which has always donated its profits to charity) is staging its last scare this week, as its founder moves on to sc...


Keanu Reeves makes his directing debut.

Tiger Burning Bright

A new star, an old discipline, and Keanu Reeves come together in Man of Tai Chi.
KRISTIAN LIN
When you think of t’ai chi, you probably think of old Chinese people in a park making slow, sweeping, graceful movements with their arms. (Maybe this image comes to mind even if you’re of Chinese descent, like me.) In Man o...



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Turkey Time

The animated comedy Free Birds is a real tur … oh, I can’t say it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even with the advent of computers, it takes so much effort by so many people to make an animated film. That’s why even substandard animated films tend to at least have focused stories. That’s not the case with the comedy Fr...


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Eat, Pray, Watch

CHOW, BABY
It was a bad idea to go see the movie Gravity at the Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th St.). The drive-in is great, but a movie like that needs a more cinematic setting — and one that can’t be ruined by some jerks blaring Tejano ...



The Counselor opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Counselor (R) Cormac McCarthy’s debut as a screenwriter is this Ridley Scott-directed thriller about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets involved in drug-trafficking. Also with Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Ja...


Air show

High Times

LAST CALL
I learned three important facts this weekend. The first was that you can, in fact, get beer at the air show, but there really isn’t a good place to fire up a one-hitter. Secondly, if you drop a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisk...



Chiwetel Ejiofor stands up under interrogation by Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave.

We Shall Be Free

12 Years a Slave is terrible, inspirational, devastating, magnificent.
KRISTIAN LIN
I screamed at somebody after I saw 12 Years a Slave. I don’t usually do that after a movie, but this fellow critic just made me furious. “I’m a white Southerner,” she said. “I don’t need to see this.” I’ll admit...


Chloë Grace Moretz wreaks her vengeance on her high-school's senior class in Carrie.

Carrie On

Try watching the new Carrie without preconceptions. It’s hard but worth it.
KRISTIAN LIN
A lot of moviegoers were outraged at the idea of making a second movie version of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. I understand the attachment to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation, but I don’t remember the same outrage greetin...