Film Reviews

The Top 10

KRISTIAN LIN
Every time I log on to a movie-related website, some joker writing in all caps is ranting about how the movies in 2008 sucked. I’ve even heard a few of my fellow film critics here in North Texas muttering the same thing b...


Playing Serious

KRISTIAN LIN
When The Queen came out two years ago and scored a bunch of Oscar nominations and an eventual Best Actress win for Helen Mirren, some people in the movie-related blogosphere thought the film was undeserving. “It’s j...



Peyton Place

KRISTIAN LIN
I like Peyton Reed. I think he’s underappreciated. He has directed three previous films, all of them mainstream Hollywood romantic comedies, two of them medium-sized hits (2000′s Bring It On and 2006′s The Bre...


Ragas and Riches

KRISTIAN LIN
I had an opening paragraph all ready to go for my review of Slumdog Millionaire, saying how all the hype about India as a burgeoning superpower was premature until the country faced up to some serious internal social problems. ...



Give ‘Em Hope

KRISTIAN LIN
How strange it is to watch Milk right now, after the election we’ve just had. No one could overlook the irony of three states voting to ban gay marriage on the same day that the country as a whole elected its first Africa...


Prospero Año y Felicidad

KRISTIAN LIN
Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of modestly budgeted middlebrow Tyler Perry-inspired comedies like This Christmas and The Perfect Holiday about African-American families reuniting for the yuletide season. Fina...



I’ll Be Watching You

KRISTIAN LIN
The end of 2008 is proving to be a busy time for Anthony Vasiliadis. The 27-year-old’s short film Technophiliac played at last month’s Lone Star International Film Festival, and next week he will receive his M.F.A. ...


Movie Blues

KRISTIAN LIN
The overheated but enjoyable Cadillac Records tells the story of Leonard Chess, the Polish immigrant (whose last name was changed from the similarly pronounced Czyz) who founded Chess Records, a mid-20th-century Chicago label t...



Meet the Parents

KRISTIAN LIN
Let’s start with what makes Four Christmases different from most other Hollywood holiday comedies. (Note that I said “different from” instead of “better than.”) The main characters here are a coupl...


Wizard of Oz

KRISTIAN LIN
It’s been seven long years since we’ve seen a movie from Baz Luhrmann. The insanely original Australian director tried to make a film a few years back about Alexander the Great, but Oliver Stone beat him to the punc...