Film Reviews

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...


A Season With Verona

KRISTIAN LIN
Away We Go is directed by Sam Mendes, but you’d never guess that this scruffy comedy was by the same guy whose previous dramas Revolutionary Road and Road to Perdition were as meticulously arranged as any fashion show and...



Marital Tate

KRISTIAN LIN
The Proposal makes an instructive contract with Management, the film that opened and promptly closed last month. Both movies are about the romantic travails of a woman of a certain age, portrayed by a likable star whom we’...


Cowardly Custard

KRISTIAN LIN
Wildly popular in their own time, Noël Coward’s stage comedies fell from favor in the 1960s and have been struggling ever since. His pieces of light entertainment were never as acute or socially conscious as George Berna...