Film Reviews

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 ...


Magician’s Assistant

KRISTIAN LIN
I’m rather enjoying Michael Caine’s late career. In this decade, he’s done excellent work providing levity in dark films like Children of Men and the last two Batman movies. However, this 76-year-old actor has...