Film Reviews

Legend of the Guardians: Hoot and a Holler

Zack Snyder goes animated in this owlish action picture.
Live-action filmmakers have been getting into animation lately, but only the ones who have a strongly developed and distinctive cinematic style (like Tim Burton or Wes Anderson) have found it worth the trouble. That’s what Za...

Talk of The Town

Is Ben Affleck the next Michael Mann? Could be.
After all this time, after having his private life extensively dragged through the tabloids by a series of high-profile romances, after becoming a pop culture punching bag, after starring in Gigli for God’s sake, what if Ben ...

Resident Evil: Afterlife Bores

A potentially thrilling premise is abandoned in favor of (just more) zombie slaying.
The fourth Resident Evil game was a thrilling reinvention of the series, ditching zombies for more unusual monsters. It also was a fast-paced story full of scares and memorable characters. Unfortunately, the same can’t be sai...

The Tillman Story: “Why Are You Shooting at Me?”

The documentary explains how truth became a friendly-fire casualty.
I used to live in Arizona, so I remember Pat Tillman wreaking havoc on the football field for Arizona State University. After going on to do the same for the NFL team then called the Phoenix Cardinals, the hard-hitting strong s...

Ya’Ke at UTA

A filmmaker from San Antonio adjusts to Tarrant County life.
Ya’Ke is a Swahili word meaning “son of God, great warrior.” That English translation is tattooed on the right shoulder of Dwain Ya’Ke Smith (one of several pieces of body art that he sports), who uses his middle name a...

One Sharp Machete

!Si, si! Robert Rodriguez satirizes the illegal immigration debate.
Before Machete was a real movie, it was a fake movie. For their 2007 double-bill Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino had four trailers created for nonexistent films to run alongside their movie, partly to re-crea...

The American: This Gun for Hire

George Clooney scowls a lot in this dry thriller.
If nothing else, The American is an antidote to movies like Eat Pray Love, Letters to Juliet, and others in which Americans travel to Italy to rediscover their zest for life. George Clooney portrays the title character, a man l...

Get Low: Awake at the Wake

Robert Duvall is magnificent in this lightweight period piece.
A festival favorite at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca, Get Low finally comes to our theaters this week (specifically, to a regular run at several local theaters –– the film is already playing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort W...

The Last Exorcism: Devil out of Nell

This inventive horror flick could be the scariest yet.
So Paranormal Activity 2 is coming out soon. Good luck to it, because while I thought the original Paranormal Activity was built well but didn’t deliver any solid scares, The Last Exorcism is without a doubt the most terrifyi...

Adrian Santiago Hits the Market

A DVD release gives an unexpected boost to a first-time local filmmaker.
“It’s just unreal,” said Adrian Santiago as we talked about the upcoming DVD release of his micro-budget film Grim. “Since we finished, it all feels like it’s been happening to somebody else.”