Film Reviews

Max Power

Steve Carell makes over a bumbling superspy for a new age in Get Smart.
Kristian Lin
Back in the summer of 1984, Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters ruled the box offices as big-ticket action thrillers headlined by comedians.


North Country

Two Mexicans and one father drive this low-budget, high-powered drama.
Kristian Lin
Christopher Zalla’s first feature filmmaking effort screened at Sundance in 2007 under the title Padre Nuestro, where it became the first Spanish-language film to win the festival’s grand jury prize.



Crouching Tiger, Eating Panda

This roly-poly animated kung fu comedy hits home.
Kristian Lin
The latest animated family film from DreamWorks Animation, Kung Fu Panda is not as much fun as Kung Fu Hustle, but it’s much better than Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.


Green Energy

The new Hulk isn’t incredible, but it shows some modest improvement.
Kristian Lin
Welcome to Hollywood in the 21st century, a time and place where a film doesn’t need any fans to spawn a sequel.



Carrie-on Baggage

A season’s worth of Sex and the City, squished into one uneven movie.
Kristian Lin
I wish the Sex and the City movie had been a musical, with our four favorite fashion plates addressing their relationship problems by bursting into song and dance.


Hebrew Hammer

Adam Sandler plays an Israeli superhero, with good and really bad results.
Kristian Lin
In Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the main character and his Jewish friends are huge fans of Steven Spielberg’s Munich: “Every movie with Jews, we’re the ones getting killed.



“You Were Home”

Creepy details make The Strangers a better than average horror flick.
Kristian Lin
While so much buzz has been building for that movie opening this week about the Cosmo- and stiletto heel-loving ladies from New York, The Strangers also has generated its own modest share of chatter, thanks to a genuinely creep...


Mixed Subjects

These North Texan filmmakers work in Austin, but their hearts remain here.
Kristian Lin
Transcribing an interview with Jeff Fraley and Harry Lynch proves to be hard work.



Indy Film

The latest Indiana Jones adventure is a familiar ride and worth the wait.
Kristian Lin
Let’s get right to it: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is quite a bit of fun.


Aliens in America

A character actor’s showcase role isn’t enough to fill out the small-scaled The Visitor.
Kristian Lin
Richard Jenkins is one of those actors you’ve probably seen several times without his name sticking in your memory.