Film Reviews

Maiden Voyage

KRISTIAN LIN
I am not a Star Trek fan. I hung out with a lot of them growing up, but I managed to miss all the TV shows and most of the movies through the years. Next to the whiz-bang appeal of the Star Wars series, Trek‘s more cerebr...


Mala Day

KRISTIAN LIN
The latest and certainly the least of the recent 3-D movies, Battle for Terra is directed by Canadian animator Aristomenis Tsirbas, based on an award-winning short film that he made six years ago. The latter’s computer an...



Wedding Carol

KRISTIAN LIN
What can be done with Matthew McConaughey at this point? Back at the beginning of his acting career, in Dazed and Confused, he played a character who bragged about getting older while his girlfriends stayed the same age.


American Express

KRISTIAN LIN
A multiple prize-winner at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival, Sin Nombre is a drama that aims for a documentary’s texture of real life. It takes place on an arduous train journey that many Central American ...



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...