Film Reviews

Ellis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

KRISTIAN LIN
Ah, the world of Bret Easton Ellis! The opulence! The decadence! The ’80s references! The world of beautiful overprivileged degenerates engaging in joyless sex amid piles and piles of cocaine! Ya gotta love it!


Dee Criminal-ized

KRISTIAN LIN
American Violet is the sort of movie that Hollywood used to love making. It’s a story of racially tinged injustice that lends itself to the sight of heroic, downtrodden African-Americans and their enlightened white friend...



Mighty Endeavor

KRISTIAN LIN
Carlos Aguilar is no stranger to the pages of Fort Worth Weekly. The 43-year-old Fort Worth native was the subject of a cover story (“McHood,” June 30, 2004) about the inventive design of his house. Before that, he ...


Da Doo Run Run Ron

KRISTIAN LIN
A hero complex is an incredibly dangerous quality in someone with no heroic qualities. That’s the lesson of the Bush administration, and it’s also the lesson of Observe and Report, which is being sold as a comedy bu...



Rinsing Out the Dead

KRISTIAN LIN
Would I sound too much like a hack if I said the main problem with Sunshine Cleaning was that it was too tidy? I’m sorry to make a joke like that while reviewing a movie about janitors (albeit highly specialized and train...


Spectral Imagery

KRISTIAN LIN
Adventureland isn’t the only movie set in 1987 in our theaters right now. The second one is The Haunting in Connecticut, and even though its terrors are weak and in many cases laughable, the film pulled in unexpectedly la...



A Walk in the Park

KRISTIAN LIN
After Greg Mottola’s striking 1996 filmmaking debut with his comedy The Daytrippers, moviegoers heard no more from the director until two years ago when he was tapped to direct Superbad.


Prepare for the End (Credits)

KRISTIAN LIN
The artistic decline of Nicolas Cage isn’t news any more, so how about the artistic decline of Alex Proyas? The Egyptian-born, Australian-raised director was in his 30s when he captured the moviegoing public’s imagi...



Creature Feature

KRISTIAN LIN
Your dose of cartoon escapism for this week: Monsters vs. Aliens. Between my reviews of Coraline last month and Journey to the Center of the Earth last summer, I’ve pretty much exhausted my thoughts for now on the new cra...


Popular Man Date

KRISTIAN LIN
You might mistake the slight, raunchy, thoroughly charming I Love You, Man for one of Judd Apatow’s movies, especially since it stars two actors who’ve worked for him extensively in the past. In fact, Apatow is neit...