Film Reviews

Rutherford, Yager Make Changes

Two local filmmakers raise funds for their first feature.
Side by side, Burt Rutherford and Tim Yager look like a mismatched comedy duo, best friends who couldn’t look any more different. The two filmmakers have known each other since attending Rowlett High School together. They lau...

Clint and Woody Have Psychic Visions

Death, too, thou shalt die in these movies by old hands.
In their latest movies, Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen are thinking about the great beyond. Of course, it isn’t unusual that filmmakers aged 80 (Eastwood) and 74 (Allen) would have their minds on mortality. These particular g...

I’ve Gone Bright Red

Mark this senior citizen spy thriller as flawed but enjoyable.
Plush and inoffensive, Red is based on a relatively obscure graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, but it bears very little resemblance to its source. Ellis’ bare-bones narrative and Hamner’s hard-edged illustratio...

Nowhere Boy: It’s Real Love

Aaron Johnson kicks ass as the young John Lennon.
It’s mesmerizing to watch Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy. The extraordinarily pretty 20-year-old has been performing on screen since his childhood, but the native of High Wycombe, England, didn’t gain wide exposure until he p...

Driving the Limit

Pixar shifts into a lower gear and makes Cars into a leisurely scenic outing.
Kristian Lin
You could hear the tiniest stirrings of something on the internet about Cars. Not necessarily a backlash but something smaller: criticism of the movie’s trailer, saying the jokes were too cutesy and the cars with eyes in thei...

Funny Story: Rate My Zach

Galifianakis shines in an overly facile mental illness movie.
There are people who don’t care much for Zach Galifianakis. They look at the 41-year-old standup comic — either on stage or in films like The Hangover and Dinner for Schmucks — and see a bearded slob doing cringe-worthy b...

Life As We (Don’t) Know It

Diva Katherine Heigl kicks and screams her way into a ridiculous mess.
Katherine Heigl is famous, in part, for dissing the TV show and movie that made her famous. She notoriously withdrew an acting Emmy bid for Grey’s Anatomy because she thought the writing for that season was subpar. She compla...

Let Me In: “I’ve Been 12 for a Long Time”

All the vampire movies just got their asses handed to them.
The insinuating Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In took the world (including the 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival) by storm, and ever since an American remake was announced, fans of Tomas Alfredson’s origina...

I Like The Social Network

Citizen Kane meets Revenge of the Nerds. It’s ridiculously entertaining.
Let me start by telling you what The Social Network isn’t, because it’s a lot of things you might not expect. First of all, it’s not really about Facebook, even though many people are calling this “the Facebook movie....

Wall Street Sequel: Gekko Insurance

A money man returns (our investment) after 23 years.
Here’s an example of overthinking. Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 hit Wall Street is entitled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The subtitle refers to a line by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the original, which the se...