Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
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 ...


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...


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...



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...


Carrie opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Carrie (R) The second big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the bullied high-school girl who can move things with her mind. Also with Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubl...



Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl take up a crusade for the truth in The Fifth Estate.

Springing Leaks

Rejoice, Cumberbitches! The leading man is the best thing about The Fifth Estate.
KRISTIAN LIN
Is Julian Assange a hero or a creep? Going into The Fifth Estate, I entertained both opinions about the founder of WikiLeaks. However, this biopic about the polarizing Australian blogger does better than split the difference. I...


The reuben may not require a knife and a fork but is delish. Lee Chastain

Good Buzz

If Little Red Wasp is big on one thing, it’s flavor.
JIMMY FOWLER
Food portions at most restaurants are too large as it is, so when an eatery makes a point of promoting its sandwiches as so “huge” they require a knife and fork, all kinds of gluttonous images come to mind –– usually in...



Tom Hanks tries to keep his cool during a hijacking at sea in Captain Phillips.

Hostage at Sea

Tom Hanks is an island of humanity in the impersonal Captain Phillips.
KRISTIAN LIN
Most Americans, if they know Somalia at all, know it as one of the world’s really bad places to be. The recent terrorist attack on a Kenyan mall by Somalis underscores the importance of attaining a better knowledge of this pa...


Gerda and Orm try to overcome mutual distrust to defeat the Snow Queen.

Freezing Reign

Snow Queen is an animated film from Russia! Yeah, that’s it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s something new for all you animation geeks out there. Outside of Hollywood, the countries of Japan and France have built rich traditions of animation. We rarely see an animated film from someplace other than those natio...