Film Reviews
Cymbeline.

Death on the Wheel

Shakespeare meets Sons of Anarchy in this sterile update of Cymbeline.
Kristian Lin
I can’t get enough of Shakespeare’s so-called “problem plays” like Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and Cymbeline, and I’m always eager to see what directors on theater or film can make of these puzzling, har...


Run All Night

Red-Eye Flight

Liam Neeson runs out of juice in Run All Night.
Kristian Lin
We need to pull the plug on this — Liam Neeson’s whole act is starting to get embarrassing. The Northern Irishman caught a second wind in 2008 when he starred in Taken, bringing his Schindler’s List gravitas to a crappy g...



Cinderella

Chimes at Midnight

Disney’s new Cinderella is told straight, but what for?
Kristian Lin
The story of Cinderella was first written down sometime in the 16th century by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile. Since then, the tale of the chambermaid who escapes an oppressive life by wearing a pretty dress and impress...


These Final Hours.

At the End of the Day

These Final Hours sees the world’s end from the suburbs of Western Australia.
Kristian Lin
Remember this name: Zak Hilditch. You’ll probably be hearing it again soon. That’s because filmmakers who can convincingly evoke the apocalypse on a small budget usually get called by Hollywood to do the same thing on a muc...



The cast kicks up their heels at a wedding dance at the end of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Second Best Indeed

The Exotic Marigold Hotel extends its stay. We don’t get much out of it.
Kristian Lin
I was lukewarm on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it opened two summers ago, so you probably won’t be surprised that I had a similar reaction to its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not terrible by any str...


Happy New Year is among the influx of Indian films at Rave North East Mall.

Screening the World

Ethnic cinema has its ups and downs in Tarrant County.
Kristian Lin
North Texas’ increasing ethnic diversity is gradually being reflected on the screens of Tarrant County’s multiplexes. AMC Grapevine Mills has done a prosperous business for the past five years by occasionally showing Korean...



Milena Canonero’s costumes are Oscar-worthy in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
Welcome once again to my Oscar preview that ignores the A-list categories in favor of handicapping the mid-major races, giving me the chance to praise work by the artisans whom I didn’t always have space for in my regular mov...


Fifty Shades of Grey

Random Observations on Fifty Shades of Grey

Kristian Lin
So I finally saw Fifty Shades of Grey. It was less terrible than I feared, but still fell well short of being good. Let’s break this down: I’ve only read enough of the book to appreciate the awfulness of E.L. James’ writi...



Still Alice

Losing My Mind

Julianne Moore deserves an Oscar but not for Still Alice.
Kristian Lin
Julianne Moore looks like a mortal lock to pick up an Oscar next week for her performance in Still Alice, an honor that she should have won years ago. I yield to no one in my admiration for this actress, yet I find myself curio...


The Kingsman

My Deadly Valentine

A British spy thriller gets down with its bad self in Kingsman.
Kristian Lin
I see it now. There are two Matthew Vaughns. In one corner, we have Good Boy Matthew Vaughn, the British director who brought icy control and a flair for action to Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class. In the other, we have Bad Bo...