Film Reviews
Michael Fassbender outlines his vision for the future as Steve Jobs.

Shiny Apple

Steve Jobs comes back in this wordy, wildly entertaining biopic.
Kristian Lin
“Artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands!” That might just be the most Aaron Sorkin thing that anybody has ever said in an Aaron Sorkin drama. (I think Mao Tse-tung would have approved of the sentiment, too.) Just wh...


Popcorn and Pancit

China and the Philippines move in on the screens at AMC Grapevine Mills.
Kristian Lin
The food isn’t the only thing new going on at AMC Grapevine Mills (see: Eats review, pg. 24). The Asian movies have been new as well. The Grapevine theater is one of 30 AMC theaters nationwide that participates in the chain...

Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain preside over a dark realm in "Crimson Peak."

Bonus Film Review: Crimson Peak

Kristian Lin
Ever since I heard about the existence of Crimson Peak, I’ve been holding my breath waiting for it. The draw of a horror movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro would have been enough to interest me, but I have a special affecti...


Prisoners’ Dilemmas

Spielberg and the Coens team up for the big, underwhelming Bridge of Spies.
Kristian Lin
Steven Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies from a script that was co-written by the Coen brothers. Not so long ago, these filmmakers seemed to be diametrical opposites: Spielberg was the representative of Hollywood’s old guard...


Street Life

Despite its miscasting, Time Out of Mind is a rare successful movie about the homeless.
Kristian Lin
Richard Gere shouldn’t play a homeless person. Let’s just say that off the bat. He gives it a good try in Time Out of Mind, which oddly enough opens only in Burleson this weekend. He grows out his hair and several days’ w...


A Girl Stands Up

Malala Yousafzai gets a turn in the spotlight in this documentary.
Kristian Lin
We all know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun girl from northeastern Pakistan who was shot in the head three years ago this week by the Taliban for defying their ban on girls going to school. She recovered to advocate ...

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon eyeball a potential new property in 99 Homes.

Off Keys

A promising director derails with the housing-crisis thriller 99 Homes.
Kristian Lin
I liked Ramin Bahrani’s movies much better when they weren’t about white people. The 40-year-old North Carolina native of Iranian descent began his career making terrific micro-budget movies about immigrants in America, whe...


Leave One Man Behind

The Martian is the Apollo 13 of our generation.
Kristian Lin
Of late, directors the caliber of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird have made science-fiction spectacles engineered to lift our spirits and turn our faces to the skies again but only wound up falling on their faces in Interstella...

Emily Blunt's job takes her to a dark place in "Sicario."

Blunt Force

Sinister and gritty, Sicario is a laudable thriller of the drug war.
Kristian Lin
Emily Blunt is on some kind of tear. We used to think of her as some proper English rose living among unthreatening romantic comedies, but that was before she turned herself into an action heroine in Edge of Tomorrow and proved...

Josh Brolin finds himself in an unenviable spot while trying to climb "Everest."

Bonus Film Reviews

Pawn Sacrifice, Everest, and Veteran reviewed.
Kristian Lin
My Film page this week was a casualty of the early deadlines facing our Best of Fort Worth issue. Usually at least one really good movie comes out during that week, and I like to bring my A game for that in an issue that lots o...