Film Reviews

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A North Texas horror fan takes more than a day to make his latest film.
Kristian Lin
Daniel Del Purgatorio has never attended a horror-movie convention, which may sound odd for a self-confessed horror enthusiast who speaks glowingly of Takashi Miike’s Audition and Peter Jackson’s early films.


Berg Blanket Bingo

Surf’s Up directors Ash Brannon and Chris Buck take on a new form — the animated mockumentary — and a scratched-up, old look.
IAN CADDELL
It takes a while to make an animated film. Long enough, in fact, that when directors Ash Brannon and Chris Buck and producer Chris Jenkins started talking about making a film about surfing penguins, there was no sign of the doc...



Jack of Diamonds

New blood and new attitude make Ocean’s Thirteen luckier than Twelve.
Kristian Lin
OK, so Ocean’s Twelve came out two and a half years ago, and a lot of ticket-buyers felt as if the thieves on the screen had robbed them of their eight bucks.


36 Weeks Later

Baby, Knocked Up raises its share of laughs but falls short of the hype.
Kristian Lin
For months, Knocked Up has been the subject of deafening internet buzz, hotly anticipated as the funniest movie of the summer, or even the entire year.



My Name Is Earl

Mr. Brooks has some wicked fun, but Kevin Costner keeps it from being killer.
Kristian Lin
Kevin Costner has been miscast quite often in his career, but perhaps never more disastrously than in the movie out this week, Mr. Brooks.


Over the Edge

Pirates of the Caribbean is at franchise’s end, and the improvement is only marginal.
KRISTIAN LIN
Before the press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, my fellow film critics and I were handed a printed request that read, in part: “Please do not reveal the many plot resolutions that occur throughout th...



Flop Cards

What’s the Deal? This late-to-the-party poker drama turns up no surprises.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t play poker. I missed out on the whole craze that ignited and then waned earlier in this decade.


Love Bug

The craziness is contagious in this claustrophobic, unsatisfying thriller.
Kristian Lin
Purely from an intellectual standpoint, the existence of Bug tickles me. I love how it starts out as a kitchen-sink indie drama and then turns into something weirder and more menacing halfway through.



Miss American Pie

Ladies and gentlemen, please remember to tip the Waitress at your theater.
Kristian Lin
It’s impossible to watch Waitress without feeling a certain amount of pain.


Rocky Past

Thoughts on why Georgia Rule is better than its bad reviews.
Kristian Lin
We’re film critics. We’re supposed to be shockproof. We take pride in our ability to watch movies without batting an eyelash when they deal with gay sex, interracial sex, S&M sex, and other forms of sexuality that migh...