Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in Any Day Now opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Any Day Now (R) Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in this drama as a 1970s gay couple who fight to keep custody of an abandoned Down syndrome-afflicted teen (Isaac Leyva) living with them. Also with Frances Fisher...


Chow

Pork Ribs Smoking o’er an Enclosed Fire

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby recently broke a proud tradition of avoiding malls during the holidays. Until last week, it had been five years since I’d set foot in one. And after 30 seconds in Ridgmar Mall, I remembered why. In those moments, I...



Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in Hyde Park on Hudson.

Hyde Park: FDR & HRH

This tepid comedy longs for a bygone, less intrusive time.
KRISTIAN LIN
Unadventurous and ultimately forgettable, Hyde Park on Hudson played at the Lone Star Film Festival last month to an appreciative reception, and it begins a regular theatrical run in North Texas this weekend. Based on a stage p...


Martin Freeman leads a company of dwarves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Hobbit Forming

Looks are the only thing going for this epic, but just look at it!
KRISTIAN LIN
You’ve seen the giant JumboTron at Cowboys Stadium, right? Well, watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is like having that JumboTron installed in your local movie theater. And projecting in 3D, on top of that. As you may...



Los Paisanos’ chicken enchiladas are simple and tasty. Chase Martinez

Northside High

Los Paisanos does things the old-fashioned Mexican way.
JIMMY FOWLER
There are (at least) two businesses in Fort Worth with the name “Los Paisanos.” One rents charter buses at I-35 and East Seminary Drive. The other is a restaurant and taqueria in the old Los Alamos space near the Rose Marin...


End of Watch opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: End of Watch (R) The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña is the best thing in this buddy-cop thriller that thinks it’s more groundbreaking than it is. They portray L.A. beat cops who film themselves a...



Gerard Butler prepares to hit the practice field in "Playing for Keeps."

Playing for Keeps: Blown Dryer

After starting strong, this soccer romance fades badly in the second half.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not sure what convinced Gerard Butler and decision-makers in Hollywood that his best move was to start portraying brash Americans. Whatever it was, it has done him no favors in the past few years, as his acting has steadi...


Anthony Hopkins holds his next project in his hands in Hitchcock

Hitchcock: American Psycho

This behind-the-scenes drama runs into a few hitches.
KRISTIAN LIN
Nothing in Hitchcock tops its opening sequence. After serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) murders his brother with a shovel, the camera pans to Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) standing a few feet away, wearing a suit and...



Brad Pitt is an efficient problem solver in "Killing Them Softly."

Killing Them Softly: Cogan’s Bluff

When it’s not bashing America, this crime thriller is pretty good.
KRISTIAN LIN
Andrew Dominik is at home among thieves and killers. The New Zealander has made three films, and they’ve all been crime thrillers: the terrifying 2001 Australian entry Chopper, followed by the gorgeous and lethally dull 2007 ...


Keira Knightley gives up everything for love in Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina Under the Lights

In this movie, Tolstoy’s heroine hits the stage. The stage hits back.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wow, this is spooky. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. It was about the novel’s relationship to the stage — if my memory serves me, I wrote about how the book’s scenes at the theater...