Film Reviews

The Kids Are All Right

KRISTIAN LIN
This whole decade has been pretty much a waste for Robert De Niro. A lucrative waste, but even so …


For Fox Sake

KRISTIAN LIN
The golden age of kids’ movies is upon us. I’m not just talking about Pixar, though they’re obviously a huge part of the creative wealth we’re currently enjoying from these types of films. I’m talk...



Lonnng Haul

JIMMY FOWLER
Every frame of director John Hillcoat’s reverent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road trembles with grim nobility. “Trembles” might be the key word — the near-future America where the mov...


About a Girl

KRISTIAN LIN
The radiant and gently heartbreaking An Education opens in Grapevine this Friday and is still playing at the Modern this weekend. It richly deserves to be seen, in a week when the buzz machine is at full roar for that other mov...



Protection Scheme

KRISTIAN LIN
Conservatives like to complain (not without some basis) about how Hollywood frequently portrays them in a negative light. I hereby point out that just about every character in The Blind Side, including the heroes of the story, ...


Mother Mary Comes to Me

KRISTIAN LIN
Before anyone had seen Precious, it had to battle negative perceptions. People had every reason to think it would be terrible when they heard that this drama about a poor, fat, illiterate, HIV-positive girl was by a neophyte fi...



Don’t Rock the Boat

KRISTIAN LIN
The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the movie itself. This fatally innocuous British comedy uses zippy editing, frames within the...


I Taped an Alien

KRISTIAN LIN
If The Fourth Kind had come out next spring, we could have dismissed it as a Johnny-come-lately rip-off of Paranormal Activity. Coming out now, this alien-abduction flick will likely receive a fairer hearing because writer-dire...



Local Films Shine

ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth’s historic Como neighborhood has been a source of great stories for decades, and now it’s the subject of a short independent documentary by the local husband-and-wife team of Carl and Betsy Crum.


Tsuris

KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not ashamed to say it: A Serious Man confused the hell out of me. Most confusing movies are that way because they’re poorly made, but this one is incredibly well made. (One expects nothing less from the Coen bro...