Film Reviews

Running Dead

An overrated zombie flick grows staler in a sequel set 28 Weeks Later.
Kristian Lin
Think it’s depressing being American these days? Try being British.


Walking Wounded

Home of the Brave takes on a timely subject and winds up feeling decades old.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last week when I reviewed Civic Duty, I referred to the difficulty Hollywood was experiencing when dealing with the Iraq war.



Angry Spider

The wall-crawler’s third film tries to do too much, but it’s fascinating all the same.
Kristian Lin
The last shot of Spider-Man 2 was a close-up of MJ Watson (Kirsten Dunst) as she watched her beloved superhero web off into the distance, with mixed emotions all over her face.


Puppy Love

There are many canines in Year of the Dog, but the movie lacks bite.
Kristian Lin
Saturday Night Live has been creating male movie stars for decades now, and for almost as long critics and entertainment journalists have been asking why the show’s women haven’t gone on to similar success.



Four Day Filmmaking

Fort Worth’s favorite comedy troupe branches into the cinematic arts.
Kristian Lin
Four Day Weekend Theater in downtown Fort Worth isn’t usually thought of as a place for hardcore cinephiles, yet on a recent afternoon the troupe’s co-founder David Ahearn talked easily and knowledgeably about the work of T...


Amusing Angel

The Shaun of the Dead guys are back and badder than ever with this comical cop thriller.
Kristian Lin
Attention, Hollywood: Look at Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. These British guys are doing your jobs, and on a fraction of your budget.



Carter’s Malaise

A first-time filmmaker can’t spin a good story In the Land of Women.
Kristian Lin
I have a hard time looking at Meg Ryan right now. There are a few shots in her latest film, In the Land of Women, where she looks recognizably like the same actress who starred in Sleepless in Seattle.


Crash

Two cheap thrillers this week, but only one’s worth the money.
Kristian Lin
Perfect Stranger is a ride that gives off some serious warning rattles before its wheels fall off.



Craving More

Aqua Teen ... for Theaters fails to deliver on the series’ promise.
BRIAN ABRAMS
Metal-head rockstar Glen Danzig shops for a house that has blood pouring from its walls.


Curry Rice Krispies

An Indian guy with a Russian name is confused about his identity in The Namesake.
Kristian Lin
Jhumpa Lahiri’s excellent novel The Namesake takes much of its inspiration from the 19th-century Russian author Nikolai Gogol.