Film Reviews

Turn Out the Lights?

ANTHONY MARIANI
Are music corporations, with their emphasis on repetitive, easy-to-swallow sounds, quashing musical innovation? Are listeners demanding dumbed-down music? Is good music dead? Several years ago, two filmmakers traveled the count...


Training Day

JIMMY FOWLER
Every big-budget action thriller needs a villain who artfully represents the audience’s fear du jour. As Ryder, the subway-hijacking financial terrorist of Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, John Travolta sinc...



Big Fat Mess

JIMMY FOWLER
A few years ago, a studio would’ve dropped a piece of dreck like My Life in Ruins into a graveyard movie month like March and then hoped to get a return from pay cable and DVD profits. But recent so-called “chick fl...


What Happens in Vegas…

KRISTIAN LIN
Ever have one of those fits of hysterical laughter, when you’re utterly terrified and yet somehow laughing instead of screaming? I had one of those during The Hangover, when its three main characters returned to their hot...



Sigh-orama

COLE WILLIAMS
Confession time: I love summer movies. I grew up on Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and the first run of Batman movies. I’d rather watch monsters eat people and spaceships blow up than a divorcée struggling to readapt t...


Housing Balloon

KRISTIAN LIN
The best part of Pixar’s new movie Up comes early on. The film starts with its main character, Carl Fredericksen, as a little boy in the 1930s who meets a little girl named Ellie. After their initial meeting, the story gi...



Disney’s World

KRISTIAN LIN
His name “gets attention,” said Andrew Disney, a Fort Worth native who’s only distantly related to the famous Disneys. “People remember it. It’s a conversation starter. I’m even in a Facebook...


I, Robot

KRISTIAN LIN
The Terminator was about time-traveling robots from the future sent to kill an unborn child named John Connor before he could grow up to be a man and defeat them in a future war between humans and machines. Through the decades,...



Vacant Rooms

KRISTIAN LIN
I’ll admit it, Management got to me. To the naked eye, this low-budget film may look like a cookie-cutter Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, and that’s exactly what it is for long stretches, especially at the beginni...


Fútbol Flop

KRISTIAN LIN
It’s hard to make a sports film with real originality. How do you resist the siren call of the genre’s cliches: the tough but all-knowing coach, the supportive girlfriend, the big game? How do you avoid those traps ...