Film Reviews
Chadwick Boseman receives his numbered Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in "42."

42: Mister Robinson

A sports hero gets a much blander biopic than he deserves.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jackie Robinson’s story was already made into a rather amateurish movie in 1950, with the Dodgers’ infielder and civil rights pioneer portraying himself. It needed a new treatment, an epic canvas befitting a chapter of base...


Stephen Dorff stars as a reluctant hitman in David Jacobson’s thriller.

Florence Nightingale

Heavy themes weigh down the portentous road trip thriller Tomorrow You’re Gone.
KRISTIAN LIN
Lacking much in the way of star power, Tomorrow You’re Gone might well be a mystery to audiences when it opens this Friday in Grapevine. I wish I could say that the low-budget entry balances thrills and gravitas well enough t...



The Blaze brothers are still awaiting word on whether they’ve received a scholarship for their first short film, "The Morning’s Cold."

Dual Blazes

Fort Worth brothers balance their filmmaking careers with high school.
KRISTIAN LIN
Conducting a phone interview with the Blaze brothers turns out to be somewhat difficult. It’s not because 18-year-old Nathan and 17-year-old Jon are reluctant to talk. It’s just that their voices sound rather similar, and t...


Maritza Santiago Hernandez braids Abbie Cornish's hair in "The Girl."

Watch the Woman, Not The Girl

This border drama boasts a better lead performance than it merits.
KRISTIAN LIN
Abbie Cornish is from Australia, and yet something about her makes filmmakers think of Texas. The blonde, apple-cheeked beauty already played a small-town Texas girl in Stop-Loss, and now she returns to the Lone Star State in T...



Gael García Bernal poses in front of his ad campaign’s rainbow flag in No.

The No Has It

¡Adiós, Presidente! An adman beats a dictator in this hot Chilean satire.
KRISTIAN LIN
Where advertising and politics meet, movies usually turn cynical and satiric. Political ads foul our airwaves, reduce complex policies to soundbites, pander to our unspoken prejudices and fears, and convince us to vote for dema...


Nicole Kidman and the family secrets are spied on by Mia Wasikowska in Stoker.

Stoker: India and Korea

Your family is nowhere near as messed up as the one in this chiller.
KRISTIAN LIN
A few months ago, I wrote about the wave of South Korean filmmakers coming to America. That wave reaches much higher tide with Stoker, a slow-churning, delicately crafted psychological thriller that crawls under your skin. The ...



Tina Fey has a bit of trouble coping with her life and work in "Admission."

I Accept Admission

Tina Fey gives it the old college try in this comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Like all right-thinking persons, I adore Tina Fey. Yet for all her glorious work on TV, she still hasn’t made the great comedy film that we all know her to be capable of. Her latest, Admission, falls agonizingly short of grea...


Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi have a magical face-off with Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Wonderstone, Oz: Lesser Wizards

Two movies about magic go up in a puff of smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of the earliest filmmakers, Georges Meliès, started out as a magician, so it’s really no surprise that filmmakers have long felt an affinity with magicians. They both practice the art of diverting our attention for the p...



Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune pursue an ill-starred wartime romance in Emperor.

Emperor: Occupy Japan

This post-WWII movie is a romance that should have been a detective story.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Japan that inspires Western filmmakers to make such boring dramas about the place? You could say that Westerners don’t understand Japan, but then look at all the Hollywood movies that have been made in Italy ...


Nicole Leigh Jones steps off a train in this Grapevine-filmed scene in "Shroud."

David Jetre Unveils Shroud

A Denton filmmaker distributes his Western himself.
KRISTIAN LIN
“We didn’t want to sell when we were desperate,” said Denton native David Jetre about his debut film, Shroud. The supernatural Western wrapped in 2009, when the country was in the depths of a major recession. With his fil...