Film Reviews
Zoë Kravitz and Ethan Hawke take a break from operating drones in Good Kill.

Push Button, End Life

Good Kill is about drone warfare, and all it does is drone.
Kristian Lin
Poor Andrew Niccol. He wants so badly to be that guy, you know? The New Zealand-born filmmaker has been toiling in Hollywood since the 1990s trying to make thrillers that both please the popcorn crowd and give the intellectuals...


In front of monitors forecasting doom, George Clooney and Britt Robertson have it out in Tomorrowland.

Future Passé

Tomorrowland gives a vision of hope that’s as chilling as any dystopia.
Kristian Lin
Back in the self-proclaimed Space Age of the 1950s and ’60s, visions of the future featured lots of clean, shiny cities filled with happy, productive people whose problems had been solved by technology. How do you recapture t...



Echoes of War

Riled Up

Echoes of War tells a modest tale of revenge in rural Texas.
Kristian Lin
Let’s be real here. The main reason the low-budget Western Echoes of War is opening in theaters here is because of the presence of Maika Monroe, the lead actress of this spring’s indie horror hit It Follows who now seems on...


With a faithful border collie, Carey Mulligan surveys her holdings in Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Hardy Girl

Carey Mulligan is phenomenal in this film of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Kristian Lin
Back in 1967, there was a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd. (Note to younger movie fans: Do not confuse the writer with the guy starring in the Mad Max sequel this week. That’s a different ...



Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan bond over some product-placed water in "Playing It Cool."

Cliché Written

A lot of stuff happens for no reason in the forced romance Playing It Cool.
Kristian Lin
Back when Chris Evans was starring in inconsequential fare like the Fantastic Four films and The Nanny Diaries, I dismissed him as some lightweight pretty boy. In fact, for longer than I care to admit, I regularly confused him ...


James Marsden and Jack Black make a triumphant entrance at their 20th high school reunion in The D Train.

L.A. Lawless

The D Train is a dull comedy until it gets turned.
Kristian Lin
The uneven career of Jack Black has had some delirious highs (The School of Rock) and gruesome lows (Gulliver’s Travels), but this comic actor has proved his chops often enough to merit serious consideration. (Why no one tout...



Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth go airborne in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Rebuilding the Shield

The Avengers evolve by necessity in this bigger, shakier sequel.
Kristian Lin
Three years ago this week, The Avengers opened. Ultimately, it would become the third-biggest box office hit in movie history. Part of its success came from the novelty value of having so many superheroes who had carried their ...


Bill McAdams Jr. stares down the barrel of a gun in "Gallows Road."

Getting the Hang

North Texas filmmaker Bill McAdams Jr. keeps the faith.
Kristian Lin
I catch Bill McAdams Jr. during a whirlwind week. He was in Dallas on April 22 for the premiere of Gallows Road, the drama that he directed and co-stars in, which played on opening night of the USA Film Festival. However, when ...



A mysterious Skype user harasses Shelley Henig (left), Moses Storm (second from left), and others in Unfriended.

End-of-Spring Roundup

Before the summer blockbusters arrive, here’s a look at some smaller movies.
Kristian Lin
Only two movies are opening in wide release this week, and neither of them screened in time for our deadlines. Ex Machina is expanding to theaters in Tarrant County this Friday, and it’s your best bet for entertainment. Since...


Alicia Vikander ponders the faces of the prototypes before her in Ex Machina.

A Doll’s House

A directing debut descends into the uncanny valley in Ex Machina.
Kristian Lin
Alex Garland’s first movie as a director is Ex Machina, but he has been around the film business a long time. After his novel The Beach was adapted to the screen by Danny Boyle in 2000, the British writer collaborated more cl...