Film Reviews

Oh, God! Book II

The Lord may save our souls, but neither He nor Steve Carell can save Evan Almighty.
Kristian Lin
The biggest laugh in the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty didn’t come from the movie’s star, Jim Carrey.


Reporting Live

A great director cuts into A Mighty Heart, but changes the pace to good effect.
Kristian Lin
Michael Winterbottom has spent the last 10 years as one of the world’s most prolific and influential filmmakers, and yet A Mighty Heart marks the first time that a film of his has reached the big screens of Fort Worth.



Drew’s Clues

A famous girl detective is back on the big screen, with mixed results.
Kristian Lin
When feminism was still known as “the women’s movement” and associated with corset-wearing suffragettes, along came Nancy Drew.


Team Manager

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.



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.