Film Reviews
Sasha Lane feels the wind in her hair in American Honey.

American Honey: Lucky Star

A British director and a Dallas native make this road-trip movie truly epic.
Kristian Lin
You may not know who Andrea Arnold is, but she’s a genius. The native of Kent, England, has made films only sporadically in her homeland, but more often than not they’ve been blazing pieces of work, proudly working-class an...

Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connolly in American Pastoral.

American Pastoral: Trouble in Paradise

This adaptation misses everything essential about Philip Roth
Kristian Lin
Philip Roth is unquestionably one of the titans of American literature, and yet the cinematic landscape is littered with unsatisfactory adaptations of his work: Portnoy’s Complaint, The Human Stain, Elegy, The Humbling. They ...

Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, and Gal Gadot think their way out of a suburban spy plot in "Keeping Up With the Joneses."

Keeping Up With the Joneses: Spy, Neighbor!

This espionage comedy strains hard trying to keep up.
Kristian Lin
I came to a hard conclusion after watching Keeping Up With the Joneses: Zach Galifianakis should not be a leading man. Don’t get me wrong. He’s terrifically funny, a force for chaos in The Hangover series and Up in the Air,...


The Big G

Godzilla is back, and he’s more symbolic than ever.
Cole Williams
Sometimes your work and your passions collide. In other words, I’m getting paid to write about a Godzilla movie. Thankfully, Shin Godzilla is pretty damn good. Too bad, for once, I’m not crazy about Godzilla himself. Or its...


Gabriel Horn Gets Sketchy

A Fort Worth actor’s drawing has a shady past that might lead back to Picasso.
Kristian Lin
Gabriel Horn’s latest adventure started eight years ago at an art auction in Los Angeles. The Fort Worth actor was looking to buy some artwork when a pencil drawing of Jesus Christ caught his eye. “I have a great sense of f...

The women of The Dressmaker are dressed for the Australian outback.

The Dressmaker: Sew Vindictive

For great fashions and bloody revenge, say yes to The Dressmaker.
Kristian Lin
I suspect that if I were Australian, I’d think The Dressmaker was the best thing I’d seen. After all, it is a nice showcase for a bunch of the country’s actors, and it tackles the great Australian theme of hating your rep...

Nat Parker leads his slaves in a bid for freedom in "The Birth of a Nation."

The Birth of a Nation: Paid in Blood

I have lots of thoughts. Some of them are about the movie.
Kristian Lin
It was going so well for The Birth of a Nation this past winter. Debuting just after the Oscars had nominated yet another slate of all-white actors and directors, this epic about a real-life African-American slave revolt (cheek...

Rusty Joiner tries to work out his religious doubts on the heavy bag in "Voiceless."

Voiceless: Abort! Abort!

In this pro-life drama, it’s the thinking that’s unborn.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw “God Is a Boob Man,” Saturday Night Live’s parody of contemporary Christian movies, when it aired this past spring. After sitting through God’s Not Dead (the original and the sequel), October Baby, Saving ...


Hollywood Round-Up

Three literary adaptations hit our multiplexes for prestige season.
Kristian Lin
Oscar season has started to get into swing with the release this week of three big Hollywood movies based on real-life stories or well-known literary properties. By far the best one to see is Queen of Katwe, which tells the sto...


Boxer Willie

The homeless drama Cardboard Boxer never crawls out of the box.
Kristian Lin
You should always be suspicious of homeless dramas that star Oscar-nominated Hollywood actors. There are so many different ways that such movies can go wrong, prettifying the squalor or giving the actors phony Oscar-bait speech...