Film Reviews
Maika Monroe enjoys a serene moment before she catches It in It Follows.

Tag, You’re It

Terror is a walking STD in the terrific It Follows.
Kristian Lin
Ever since It Follows debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, horror fans haven’t been able to stop talking about it. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch the movie at last fall’s Lone Star Film Festival, but if you ...


Will Ferrell tries to dress ghetto and Kevin Hart is unimpressed in "Get Hard."

Throw Away the Key

Homophobic and wasteful, Get Hard deserves time in movie jail.
Kristian Lin
The same week that It Follows (see: above review) treats rape as a horrifying thing, we have Get Hard, which thinks rape is hilarious, at least if it’s happening to a man. This comedy screened at this year’s South by Southw...



Insurgent

Out of Faction

Insurgent epitomizes the glass ceiling of girl blockbusters.
Kristian Lin
Example No. 54,903,812 of the movie industry’s glass ceiling: While Hollywood is coming around at a snail’s pace to the idea that a fantasy-adventure blockbuster franchise can still make giant piles of money if the main cha...


Cymbeline.

Death on the Wheel

Shakespeare meets Sons of Anarchy in this sterile update of Cymbeline.
Kristian Lin
I can’t get enough of Shakespeare’s so-called “problem plays” like Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and Cymbeline, and I’m always eager to see what directors on theater or film can make of these puzzling, har...



Run All Night

Red-Eye Flight

Liam Neeson runs out of juice in Run All Night.
Kristian Lin
We need to pull the plug on this — Liam Neeson’s whole act is starting to get embarrassing. The Northern Irishman caught a second wind in 2008 when he starred in Taken, bringing his Schindler’s List gravitas to a crappy g...


Cinderella

Chimes at Midnight

Disney’s new Cinderella is told straight, but what for?
Kristian Lin
The story of Cinderella was first written down sometime in the 16th century by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile. Since then, the tale of the chambermaid who escapes an oppressive life by wearing a pretty dress and impress...



These Final Hours.

At the End of the Day

These Final Hours sees the world’s end from the suburbs of Western Australia.
Kristian Lin
Remember this name: Zak Hilditch. You’ll probably be hearing it again soon. That’s because filmmakers who can convincingly evoke the apocalypse on a small budget usually get called by Hollywood to do the same thing on a muc...


The cast kicks up their heels at a wedding dance at the end of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Second Best Indeed

The Exotic Marigold Hotel extends its stay. We don’t get much out of it.
Kristian Lin
I was lukewarm on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it opened two summers ago, so you probably won’t be surprised that I had a similar reaction to its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not terrible by any str...



Happy New Year is among the influx of Indian films at Rave North East Mall.

Screening the World

Ethnic cinema has its ups and downs in Tarrant County.
Kristian Lin
North Texas’ increasing ethnic diversity is gradually being reflected on the screens of Tarrant County’s multiplexes. AMC Grapevine Mills has done a prosperous business for the past five years by occasionally showing Korean...


Milena Canonero’s costumes are Oscar-worthy in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
Welcome once again to my Oscar preview that ignores the A-list categories in favor of handicapping the mid-major races, giving me the chance to praise work by the artisans whom I didn’t always have space for in my regular mov...