Film Reviews

Outback Symphony

KRISTIAN LIN
The earnest and completely uninventive Australian drama Broken Hill is about Tommy McAlpine (Luke Arnold, an Australian TV star who strongly resembles Adrian Grenier), a teenager who dreams of becoming a composer as he grows up...


Judge for Yourself

KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve never been a huge fan of Mike Judge’s movies. The satirist got his start on TV with Beavis and Butt-Head and of course has spent the last 12 years providing the voice of Hank Hill on King of the Hill. His spora...



News Stalk

KRISTIAN LIN
The deceptively advertised Sandra Bullock-starring romantic comedy All About Steve has had its release date delayed more than once, but now seems like a good time to put it out, what with its leading man, Bradley Cooper, having...


Lost in the Stars

KRISTIAN LIN
The title of Adam refers to Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy), who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. If you don’t know what Asperger’s is, this well-intentioned but unsatisfying drama does a fair job of introducing you t...



No Regrets

KRISTIAN LIN
Rob Williams is not related to the British pop singer Robbie Williams, though some people do confuse the two of them. “I get phone calls for him all the time,” said the TCU graduate who now lives in the Los Angeles ...


Fire on Celluloid

KRISTIAN LIN
I try to take movies on their own terms. That’s not the easiest thing to do when it comes to Quentin Tarantino. If you go to his World War II epic Inglourious Basterds thinking it’ll be a landscape-altering cinemati...



When You Wish Upon a Rock

KRISTIAN LIN
Seems like we just can’t keep Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez apart. Two years ago, the filmmakers partnered up on Grindhouse, and this weekend they have movies opening against each other. Rodriguez’ uneven b...


Illegal Aliens

KRISTIAN LIN
  This is why I love my job: Every so often I get to see things that I’ve never seen before. With special-effects technology becoming cheaper and easier to use, filmmakers from outside Hollywood have learned how to play ...



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...