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Foxcatcher opens Wednesday.

Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Foxcatcher (R) Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs this dramatization of the relationship between wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and billionaire John DuPont (Steve Carell) that ended in murder. Also with...


Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne woo each other under the lights of Cambridge in The Theory of Everything.

Physical Attraction

Even with its actors, The Theory of Everything is a fraud.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’d all like to know what it’s like to be a genius, but it might well be both easier and more fruitful to make a movie about what it’s like to live with a genius. Not many of us have otherworldly talents at something, bu...



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Fire Yourself

The idiotic Horrible Bosses 2 fails its performance evaluation.
KRISTIAN LIN
I was leery of Horrible Bosses 2, even though I liked the first one. You see, the director and the writers from the original have been replaced for the sequel, and the new director/co-writer is Sean Anders, who was responsible ...


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (PG-13) Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) prepares to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from the clutches of Panem’s government. Also with Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald S...



Rosewater opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rosewater (R) Jon Stewart makes his directing debut with this drama about real-life journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) and his ordeal in an Iranian prison while covering the pro-democracy uprising. Also wit...


Gugu Mbatha-Raw (in white) rocks out in Beyond the Lights.

Lights On

Stellar performances and a solid script make this potential melodrama serious entertainment.
COLE WILLIAMS
When Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) first sings, she’s a little girl in a talent competition performing Nina Simone’s “Blackbird.” She comes in second place, and her passionate stage mom Macy Jean (Minnie Driver) tells her to t...



books

Deep Barley Roots

Before Rahr, Peticolas, and Deep Ellum, North Texas had Wagenhauser – and several other craft and industrial-scale breweries.
EDWARD BROWN
The release of North Texas Beer is timely. As co-authors Paul Hightower and Brian Brown state in their introduction, the beer industry has grown exponentially in North Texas over the past two years. Against the backdrop of this...


The Great Invisible opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Great Invisible (PG-13) Margaret Brown’s documentary interviews survivors of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Big Hero 6 (PG) Disney’s latest animated film is about a young invento...



Nightcrawler opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Nightcrawler (R) Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this thriller as a creepy loner who becomes a freelance crime journalist taking videos of accidents, police chases, and crimes in progress. Also with Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Ann...


Michael Keaton is haunted by the character he created in Birdman.

Fly Away

Michael Keaton returns, and Birdman soars into the sky.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember the conversation in Neighbors this past summer, when Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s characters argued about whether Michael Keaton or Christian Bale was the better Batman? It was telling — Rogen’s character is old en...