Film Reviews
Memories of the Sword
Starring Kim Go-eun, Lee Byung-hun, and Jeon Do-yeon. Directed by Park Heung-sik. Written by Park Heung-sik and Choi Ah-reum. Not rated.

The Hong-yi Games

The acting is better than the swordplay in Memories of the Sword.
Kristian Lin
The same week that The Diary of a Teenage Girl expands to Tarrant County (see above review), another teen movie hits our theaters. It’s called Memories of the Sword, and even though it’s somewhat derivative, this attractive...


Lost in America

Jason Segel magically channels David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
Kristian Lin
You know Jason Segel as the adorable big cut-up from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets and especially TV’s How I Met Your Mother. In The End of the Tour, he is transformed significantly into the haunted, brilliant pos...

The heroes of "Summer Night" spend part of their evening at an arcade.

Send in the Cloud

A North Texas producer and her directing partner set their comedy free online.
Kristian Lin
In 2008, Shannon Cloud was 13 years old when her mother signed her up for Kamp Hollywood, a filmmaking and acting summer camp in Dallas. “Everybody else wanted to write and direct,” she remembered. “But I realized produci...

Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Henry Cavill enjoy a sunny afternoon in Rome in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Solo Effort

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. looks far out, man, but what is it for?
Kristian Lin
I’ll admit I’ve never seen the spoofy 1960s spy show on which The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based. The film version looks promising on paper. Director Guy Ritchie conjured up some freewheeling fun when he helmed the first Sher...

Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott rescue kittens and are still unlikable in "Fort Tilden."

White People Problems

Hipster privilege gets thoroughly skewered in Fort Tilden.
Kristian Lin
If you love Brooklyn hipsters, you need to see Fort Tilden, a movie that’s set right in the milieu and that opens this week at AMC Grapevine Mills. On the other hand, if you hate Brooklyn hipsters, then Fort Tilden is even mo...

Emma Stone and her comic talent go largely to waste in Irrational Man.

Beyond Good and Evil

Woody Allen misuses Emma Stone again, this time in Irrational Man.
Kristian Lin
Ten years ago, Woody Allen bought himself a creative rejuvenation by finding a new leading lady in the fresh-faced, widely feted Scarlett Johansson. With Johansson in demand elsewhere, though, it’s no surprise that he has now...

Meryl Streep sings away her troubles in Ricki and the Flash.

Ricki Road

Meryl Streep rocks out in Ricki and the Flash.
Kristian Lin
A typical entry with an atypical provenance, Ricki and the Flash is an attempt by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody to make a comfy family comedy for the older crowd. It’s not the nicest fit f...

Ed Helms and Chris Hemsworth go overboard on the Western wear in Vacation.


Turn the car around and drive away from this Vacation.
Kristian Lin
Here’s the problem: Warner Bros. is now trying to make Judd Apatow comedies. That’s certainly not a bad idea, given how much money and good press those films have raked in for Universal Studios. The likes of Superbad, Bride...

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff share a meaningful moment in a big-box retail store in "Paper Towns."

O-Town Girl

She’s been livin’ in a white-bread world, until she leaves Paper Towns behind.
Kristian Lin
Cara Delevingne starts her acting career already famous. She had always wanted to act, but what was supposed to be a sidelight as a fashion model turned into a stellar career for the 22-year-old Englishwoman with the enviable e...

Jake Gyllenhaal bears the scars of his latest fight in Southpaw.

Less Than Jake

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in Southpaw, but this boxing drama isn’t.
Kristian Lin
The critical narrative has now hardened around Jake Gyllenhaal. It goes like this: After a misguided period when the actor tried to be an A-list leading man, the financial and critical flops of The Day After Tomorrow and Prince...