Film Reviews

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...


The Ring

KRISTIAN LIN
James Kelley Young – who prefers to be addressed by his middle name – was born on an Air Force base in Tokyo, but his family moved to Fort Worth a year later in 1964. He has lived here ever since, and the city has h...



Denis the Menaced

KRISTIAN LIN
For years I detested Chris Columbus, the Hollywood director who spent the 1990s turning out sanitized, highly profitable family farces (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire) and then spent the early part of this decade bloating the first...


Kvetch

KRISTIAN LIN
“If you’re stupid enough to want a feel-good movie, go get yourself a foot massage,” says Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) to the camera early in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. Well, I am stupid enough, and...



G-Mann

KRISTIAN LIN
Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies, is based on Bryan Burrough’s voluminous history of the early days of the FBI, when the fledgling bureau spent 1933-35 bringing down John Dillinger, the Karpis/Barker gang,...


Go, ‘Bots

COLE WILLIAMS
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a sequel to a movie based on a cartoon based on a toyline. Dubious source material to some folks. Yet despite what some critics may say, source material has only so much to do with how goo...