Film Reviews
Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke prepare to face the cafeteria chaos in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Death by Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes a humorous approach to teen tragedy.
Kristian Lin
With the release of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it has become official: Teen weepers have become self-aware. Took them long enough, too. This movie and last summer’s The Fault in Our Stars are about teenagers dealing with...


Taylor Schilling sees her new friends up to some weird sexual practices in "The Overnight."

Four Play

The Overnight delivers a dose of uncomfortable sex humor.
Kristian Lin
I’ve seen a lot of comedies that take place during a suburban house party, but I’m pretty sure The Overnight is the first one that features its two male stars doing full-frontal nudity at once. This low-budget independent c...



Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, and Shameik Moore prepare for a wild day after school in Dope.

Malcolm in the Bottoms

Living up to all definitions of its title, Dope will get you high.
Kristian Lin
For all of our society’s shortcomings, we’re in the midst of a golden age of African-American filmmaking right now. There’s a raft of reasons behind this, but it’s no coincidence that Selma and Dear White People and 12 ...


Aboard a train of thought, Joy and Sadness regard one of Riley's happy memories in Inside Out.

Inner Life of Riley

Get emotional for Pixar’s newest masterpiece, Inside Out.
Kristian Lin
Ladies and gentlemen, normal service has resumed. With the release of Inside Out, Pixar Studios is once again making masterpieces. I repeat, normal service has resumed. After an unparalleled run of success, the fabled animation...



Blythe Danner and Martin Starr bond over chardonnay on her back porch in I’ll See You in My Dreams.

Blythe Spirit

Long stuck in character roles, Blythe Danner bags the lead in I’ll See You in My Dreams.
Kristian Lin
Blythe Danner has been acting in films, TV, and theater for almost 50 years, and yet she’s still better known as Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother than for anything she has done on screen. This isn’t all that surprising — she ha...


Chuck Hüber's "Arbor Day — The Musical" can be seen now on VOD.

Über Hüber

A local actor turns filmmaker with a 9/11 musical comedy.
Kristian Lin
Fort Worth theatergoers have likely seen Chuck Hüber on a stage somewhere. The 44-year-old actor has worked in multiple productions at Stage West (including The Sports Page, Macbeth, and Dancing at Lughnasa) over the years, as...



Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham make like suave secret agents in Spy.

With My Little Eye

At last, Spy is the Melissa McCarthy vehicle we’ve been waiting for.
Kristian Lin
  Okay, that’s more like it. That thought kept running through my head while I was watching Spy. You see, Melissa McCarthy’s post-Bridesmaids career as a leading lady has not been a story of untrammeled success. She ke...


Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, and Kevin Dillon live the 1% life in "Entourage."

Entourage: Posse Out

Now I know why people hate the TV show.
Kristian Lin
I went into Entourage cold, having never seen an episode of the HBO TV show. I was aware that the program was respected at one point, but I had bigger fish to fry with my limited hours of TV viewing, and when somebody called it...



Yes, that damned TV is back.

Poltergeist: Same Scares

This remake of the ’82 classic is all glitz, no soul.
Fort Worth Weekly
In 2015, when Hollywood rolls out yet another remake, there’s no point in asking, “Why?” Hollywood gonna Hollywood, and the only way studios are going to quit remaking classics is if people quit going to see them. The ori...


Milla Jovovich find herself a wanted woman in "Survivor."

Just Die Already

We vote the forgettable thriller Survivor off the screen.
Kristian Lin
For some time now, AMC Grapevine Mills (and, to a lesser extent, its sister theater in Arlington’s Parks Mall) has been setting aside a screen or two to show modestly budgeted genre films as a form of counterprogramming to Ho...