Film Reviews
Al Pacino cracks a smile in front of his tour bus in Danny Collins.

Dear John Letter

Good acting bails out the rough patches in the rock comedy Danny Collins.
Kristian Lin
In this current phase of Al Pacino’s career, when he’s playing broken-down old men with no one to blame but themselves for being broken down, Danny Collins is the best vehicle he’s encountered. Granted, this comedy isn’...


Brett Bentman prepares for his feature directing debut.

Brett Bentman Goes Big

A Fort Worth filmmaker looks to make the leap to features.
Kristian Lin
Five months ago, Fort Worth Weekly mentioned Brett Bentman in a feature story about local filmmakers (“Grappling With the Glitz Machine,” Nov. 5). At that time, the 33-year-old New Jersey transplant was operating on four-fi...



Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds pose in front of Gustav Klimt’s masterwork in Woman in Gold.

Das Bild

Woman in Gold turns a great Nazi art story into a museum piece.
Kristian Lin
The story of how the Nazis looted Europe’s storehouses of art masterpieces is a compelling one, whose salient details only came to light within the last few decades. It should make for a terrific movie. People are trying to m...


Maika Monroe enjoys a serene moment before she catches It in It Follows.

Tag, You’re It

Terror is a walking STD in the terrific It Follows.
Kristian Lin
Ever since It Follows debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, horror fans haven’t been able to stop talking about it. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch the movie at last fall’s Lone Star Film Festival, but if you ...



Will Ferrell tries to dress ghetto and Kevin Hart is unimpressed in "Get Hard."

Throw Away the Key

Homophobic and wasteful, Get Hard deserves time in movie jail.
Kristian Lin
The same week that It Follows (see: above review) treats rape as a horrifying thing, we have Get Hard, which thinks rape is hilarious, at least if it’s happening to a man. This comedy screened at this year’s South by Southw...


Insurgent

Out of Faction

Insurgent epitomizes the glass ceiling of girl blockbusters.
Kristian Lin
Example No. 54,903,812 of the movie industry’s glass ceiling: While Hollywood is coming around at a snail’s pace to the idea that a fantasy-adventure blockbuster franchise can still make giant piles of money if the main cha...



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...