Film Reviews
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Matthias Schoenaerts find trouble in paradise in "A Bigger Splash."

Death Pool

The Italian erotic thriller A Bigger Splash delivers a nasty kick.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw I Am Love, the 2010 romantic tragedy that introduced many Americans to the Sicilian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. His follow-up feature is A Bigger Splash, a remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 thriller La piscine, whic...

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale (foreground) scheme to make a good match in Love & Friendship.

Suddenly Susan

I love Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation to treasure.
Kristian Lin
I come to you this week as a Whit Stillman fan. There may not be that many of us, but our passion for his sophisticated comedies of manners runs deep. You can spot us rather easily, as we tend to be middle-to-upper-class and aw...

Michael Fassbender makes the metal fly in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Apocalypse: Four Horsemen

Bryan Singer finally loses the plot in his fourth X-Men film.
Kristian Lin
Just a few weeks after I praised Captain America: Civil War for going away from the “all-powerful baddie trying to destroy the world” model of blockbuster film, now comes X-Men: Apocalypse, which falls into that very same t...

Ryan Gosling recovers from another bad night in The Nice Guys.

Nice Guys: Black Humor

Ryan Gosling has never been funnier than in this ’70s crime thriller.
Kristian Lin
Shane Black famously wrote the script for Lethal Weapon while still in his early 20s and then spent the better part of a decade wandering in the wilderness and suffering from a monumental case of writer’s block. He came back ...

Chuck, Red, and Bomb get ready to battle green pigs in The Angry Birds Movie.

Angry Birds: Red Mist

Don’t take a flier on this cynical, sloppy movie.
Kristian Lin
Movies based on video games continue to earn their wretched reputation, and I’m afraid The Angry Birds Movie won’t do anything to change that. This animated film is, of course, based on the highly popular and enormously enj...

Nikki Lee Hinson and Michael Gans in the trailer for "The Intangible Truth of Chance Malloy."

In Love With Love

Fort Worth’s Michael Gans comes back from hiatus to film his first feature.
Kristian Lin
Michael Gans saw his future in film when he was in his early teens, after seeing Grand Canyon, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1991 drama telling the interlocking stories of people living in Los Angeles. “It was such a great conversation...

Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons have a romantic moment on a West Coast beach in The Meddler.

Helicopter Parenting

Susan Sarandon tries to be a less smothering mother in The Meddler.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago in my review of Hello, My Name Is Doris, I wrote about the slight uptick we’re seeing in movies made as vehicles for older actresses. Susan Sarandon hasn’t been hurting for work at any point since she won he...


Collateral Damages

The Avengers disassemble in their best movie yet, Captain America: Civil War.
Kristian Lin
The hype over Captain America: Civil War has been washing over us from the fan conventions and the parts of Europe where the movie has already opened. People who snagged an early look at this superhero flick are saying that it...


Chinese Ghost Story

Andrew Lloyd Webber couldn’t save the failed Phantom of the Theatre.
Kristian Lin
By now I’ve seen horror films worth taking seriously from many different corners of eastern Asia, but mainland China is a notable exception. It’s not for lack of trying, either. Chinese movies are full of ghosts and witches...


Boys in the Band

Sing Street: For anyone who loves music, Ireland, or the 1980s.
Kristian Lin
It’s official: John Carney is making the best movie musicals anywhere in the world. The Irishman burst onto the scene with his Oscar-winning 2007 debut Once and his 2014 American follow-up Begin Again. His autobiographical la...