Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill try to keep it together after consuming lots of drugs in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Jordan Rules

Leonardo DiCaprio is really funny (wait … what?) in The Wolf of Wall Street.
KRISTIAN LIN
This I know about The Wolf of Wall Street: It’s not Martin Scorsese’s best movie, but it’s certainly his funniest. It really is a shame that this movie comes out one week after American Hustle, another period film about c...


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Daydream Believer

Ben Stiller searches for the essence of Life in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
KRISTIAN LIN
A highly likable movie that comes up short of its aims, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty bears little resemblance to the James Thurber short story that it’s based on and even less to the 1947 musical film starring Danny Kaye. ...



"Anchorman: The Legend Continues" opens Wednesday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Anchorman: The Legend Continues (PG-13) Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell return for this sequel to the 2004 comedy hit. Also with Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Vince Vaughn, ...


Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks".

Making Mary

Saving Mr. Banks does a Mickey Mouse job with Disney’s history.
KRISTIAN LIN
Saving Mr. Banks is a lie. I don’t mean in the film-school sense that all movies (even documentaries) are fictions constructed by an author. No, this bland period drama is an aggressive attempt by the Disney Corporation to wh...



Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper are dressed for a con game in American Hustle.

Hustle and Russell

Just try to keep the lies straight in the wild caper flick American Hustle.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some caper films are sleek humming machines, but American Hustle is by David O. Russell, which means that it lurches and veers and speeds recklessly through hairpin turns. He used to go years between projects, but the resurgent...


Like everything at First Chinese BBQ, the Hong Kong-style fried squid with rice is hyper-traditional. Vishal Malhotra

First Chinese BBQ: Authentic Flavor

Looking for the real deal? Point your GPS to Haltom City.
LAURIE JAMES
As with many ethnic cuisines, most local Chinese restaurants offer fare that’s been tamed for Western taste buds and preferences. Not First Chinese BBQ in Haltom City. This stuff is the real deal. You won’t find egg rolls o...



Bridegroom opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

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OPENING: Bridegroom (R) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s documentary profiles Shane Bitney Crone, a gay man who found himself deprived of legal rights after his partner, Tom Bridegroom, was killed in an accident shortly before the...


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Bright Black Screens

African-Americans dominate this holiday weekend: Oldboy and Black Nativity.
KRISTIAN LIN
Black filmmakers have grabbed center stage this year, and the heartening thing is, they’ve mostly been new blood. Steve McQueen reached a broad American audience with his third feature 12 Years a Slave, Ryan Coogler made a br...



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Vince Vaughn reveals a new comedy act in Delivery Man.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ken Scott’s French-language comedy Starbuck shattered box office records in its native Canada last year, so it seemed inevitable that an English-language remake from Canada’s neighbors to the south would not be far behind. ...


Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence flank Elizabeth Banks and say goodbye to District 12 in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Tournament of Champions

The Hunger Games go into sudden-death overtime in the sequel, Catching Fire.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes the fans have it exactly right. They turned out for the movie version of The Hunger Games last year, and while they generally approved of it, it wasn’t without reservations. The sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fi...