Posts Tagged ‘son’

Oh, the Carnage!

Great actors rant and rave in this circular chamber drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
An ongoing motif in Roman Polanski’s career has been characters trapped in enclosed spaces. The director seems to love watching people unravel in apartments, sailboats, or secluded houses, where they cannot run from their neu...


Bad Dad?

In his new book, the Star-T watchdog recounts a personal episode that led to global notoriety.
BETTY BRINK
Bad dad? Naaah. Frustrated dad? Angry dad? “I’m gonna teach this smart-mouth kid a lesson” dad? Oh, yes. Anyone who’s ever raised a child has been there. But “bad” Dave Lieber is not. By all accounts, Lieber is a re...



A Widow Needs A Little Help

Jenna Fischer finally gets the starring role in this indie drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Steve Carell isn’t the only star of TV’s The Office with a movie out this week. Jenna Fischer charmed millions of viewers portraying the sweetly downtrodden receptionist on that show, but she’s never come close to having ...


Il Trovatore: The Voice

As Fort Worth Opera’s glorious new production of the Verdi classic indicates, the singing’s the thing.
LEONARD EUREKA
In a dramatic switch from its madcap version of The Mikado two weeks ago (see: “FWO’s Contempo Mikado,” May 18), Fort Worth Opera unveiled a striking new production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore last weekend. The second entry...



The Eagle: British Invasion

Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel comes to surprising life.
KRISTIAN LIN
As it turns out, The Illusionist isn’t the only movie out this week that’s set in Scotland. If you go into this toga-and-sandals epic pumped for a fire-breathing piece of entertainment on the order of 300 or Gladiator, you...


We Need to Leave in The Next Three Days

Forget jail — a fugitive family must escape Pittsburgh in this thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Best known as the filmmaker who inflicted Crash upon the world, Paul Haggis turns his attention to popcorn entertainment in The Next Three Days, a remake of a 2008 French thriller released in English-speaking countries as Anyth...



Kickin’ and Screamin’

A local newspaper helps drag Glen Rose out of the Stone Age.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
An hour southwest of Fort Worth, Glen Rose isn’t exactly Mayberry — there are more tourists, plus those dinosaur tracks, and a nuclear power plant just out the back door. But it does have a small-town feel and a town square...


La Mission Is Missin’

A stalwart cast can’t redeem Peter Bratt’s maudlin San Francisco affair.
JIMMY FOWLER
Watching La Mission is a real whiplash experience. Writer-director Peter Bratt’s second feature follows intense, emotionally resonant scenes with moments that are so ham-fisted and underdeveloped, you have to stifle a giggle....



Three Films and Change: Mother, Chloe, The Last Song

A roundup of movies already playing, plus a new entry.
KRISTIAN LIN
Fittingly, the main character of the volatile, uproarious, and deeply disturbing Mother has no proper name, so she’s pretty much defined by her role as a mother.


True Wealth

Go to school and learn to see the world.
E.R. BILLS
The other day my son tried a new tack to get out of going to school. He said he didn’t like his school because it was too hard. He said “normal” schools were easier. And he wanted to go to a normal school.