Film Reviews

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...


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...


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.