Film Reviews

Camp Rock

KRISTIAN LIN
This is why I love my job: Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised when I expect nothing. Bandslam is a cookie-cutter teen comedy released in the dead of August with a “let’s get a band together” plot, headli...


WWJCD?

KRISTIAN LIN
Austin native Julie Powell went to New York in her early 20s to pursue an acting career, but in 2002 she found herself at 29 having accomplished none of her professional goals and living off her husband and a series of temp job...



Popcorn and Kimchee

KRISTIAN LIN
With 30 screens to fill each week, the folks at AMC Grapevine Mills occasionally fill out their bill with obscure entries from the ranks of independent and foreign films. Lately, though, the multiplex has found wholly unexpecte...


She & Him

KRISTIAN LIN
The smartest, most original romantic comedy in the last five years, (500) Days of Summer first catches your eye through the unusual typography in the title. The parentheses refer to the story’s nonlinear structure. As the...



Boom Box

KRISTIAN LIN
The joke goes that a bomb technician only ever makes two mistakes in his career, the first being taking on the job to begin with. The main character of The Hurt Locker wouldn’t agree. He defuses bombs for a living, and he...


Butler Didn’t Do It

KRISTIAN LIN
Apparently, if I’m not a boorish, knuckle-dragging, beer-swilling slob who grabs the asses of attractive women when they pass by, then I must be gay or European. That’s the depressing message I took away from The Ug...



Chéri Baby

KRISTIAN LIN
I got blindsided by Chéri. Maybe the title and the poster featuring a coquettishly grinning Michelle Pfeiffer fooled me into thinking this was just a piece of fluff, but I really should have known better. After all, this movie...


Dark Side

KRISTIAN LIN
Duncan Jones is the birth name of the son of rock star David Bowie (himself né David Hayward-Jones), though infamously the father went through a phase when he insisted on calling his son Zowie Bowie. The younger Jones is now 3...



Gay Hijinks

KRISTIAN LIN
Well, this is an interesting time for Brüno to come out, even more interesting than my choice of phrase just now. A few weeks after Fort Worth’s gay community was sparked into outrage and activism, Sacha Baron Cohen̵...


Half Potions

KRISTIAN LIN
Two years ago I observed that there are many different ways to make a Harry Potter movie, thanks to all the different directors who’ve adapted J.K. Rowling’s novels to the big screen. That proves true yet again in H...