Film Reviews
Someone with a mask means Barbara Crampton no good in You're Next.

Family Dies

You’re Next has lots more laughs than your average slasher movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve seen the trailer and the posters for You’re Next, you may think that this is just another crappy late-summer slasher flick. Actually, it’s not. It’s a dysfunctional family comedy that’s wrapped inside a slas...


Forest Whitaker tidies up Robin Williams’ desk in the Oval Office in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

A Place Beside the Table

Lee Daniels serves up a necessary take on history in The Butler.
KRISTIAN LIN
The issue comes up again and again, and for good reason. Recent movies like The Help, Lincoln, Django Unchained, and 42 vary widely in quality, tone, and subject matter, but they have two things in common: They all address chap...



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All About Steve

Jobs wants to be the next Social Network, but it’s a bad apple.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve come to appreciate the beauty, power, and accessibility of Apple products, so I’m primed for a movie detailing the creative and technical vision of Steve Jobs, the man behind those infinitely useful devices. Unfortunat...


Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, and Jennifer Aniston gather round the campfire in We're the Millers.

Millers’ Crossing

Top-notch comic actors redeem the agreeable comedy We’re the Millers.
KRISTIAN LIN
For eight seasons of Saturday Night Live, the smoothly handsome Jason Sudeikis proved himself a skilled comic actor, excelling at portraying oblivious idiots and slick phonies. But other good-looking, funny guys have failed in ...



Matt Damon takes cover behind a military vehicle (and his metal exoskeleton) in Elysium.

Move On Up

Neill Blomkamp’s genius is not at home in Elysium.
KRISTIAN LIN
Four years ago, Neill Blomkamp blasted open the world of cinema with District 9, a wholly South African-made film that not only found its way into American multiplexes but became a hit, as global audiences flocked to see an ori...


Hugh Jackman battles Japanese ninja warriors in The Wolverine.

Busted Blocks

A meditation on The Wolverine and sagging summer tentpoles.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made waves in the world of cinema by questioning the sustainability of Hollywood’s current economic model. The directors didn’t really say much that other economists and industr...



Michael B. Jordan gives Ariana Neal a piggyback ride in Fruitvale Station.

Death on a Platform

Fruitvale Station turns a police shooting into powerful drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Weinstein Company didn’t intend to release Fruitvale Station in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Things just worked out that way. Truthfully, any time would be good to see this drama that expands this week to ...


Aubrey Plaza sucks on a push pop while preparing to go through the items on "The To Do List."

Sex and Brandy

Aubrey Plaza gets freaky, filthy, and funny in The To Do List.
KRISTIAN LIN
Aubrey Plaza gets herself a whole new act in The To Do List, ditching the jaded, sarcastic persona she assumes on TV’s Parks and Recreation to portray a girl who’s wide-eyed and earnest as she takes a self-administered cras...



James Wan loves him some creepy dolls in The Conjuring.

Conjuring Frights

It’s not perfect, but James Wan’s new horror film will turn your hair white.
STEVE STEWARD
Having apparently wrung every last drop of blood and cash from the Rube Goldberg-ian torture porn of the Saw franchise, director James Wan has turned his attention to scaring the bejesus out of nice families, first with the 201...


Sam Rockwell and Liam James ponder the next stage of life at an oceanside water park in The Way, Way Back.

Duncan in Water

Rookie directors make The Way, Way Back into a solid comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Expanding into Tarrant County this week, the agreeable summer comedy The Way, Way Back begins with Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old from Albany, in the last place he wants to be: in the back seat of a station wagon driven by ...