Film Reviews

Sundance Kid

A Californian-via-Fort Worth with no film experience gets his debut short accepted by the mother of all U.S. festivals.
Brian Abrams
On a whim a couple of months ago, the 29-year-old Fort Worth native took a short break from his full-time job as a mechanical engineer for Apple Computers and wrote and directed a 19-minute short on the North Side. Had Beltran ...


My Oh Maya

Apocalypto isn’t the end of the world, just an inconsistent action thriller.
Kristian Lin
OK, so a few months ago, Mel Gibson had the year’s biggest celebrity meltdown, unless somebody comes up with a better one in the next few weeks.



Two Weeks in Another Town

Comedy takes a vacation in the holiday movie called The Holiday.
Kristian Lin
No less than The New York Times recently dubbed Nancy Meyers “the queen of chick flicks.”


God Parents

Tiny baby Jesus, help us in our struggles with boredom as we watch The Nativity Story.
Kristian Lin
I had an epiphany while watching The Nativity Story. An angel spoke in my ear, if you wish, though I prefer to believe I came up with the thought myself.



School’s Out

An L.A. filmmaker finds inspiration shooting his first feature in North Texas.
Kristian Lin
Quam Odunsi was born in Chicago to Nigerian parents and raised mostly in his parents’ homeland.


Out of the Past

The heroes of The Fountain and Déjà Vu come unstuck in time, with mixed results.
Kristian Lin
Unlike painting or sculpture, movies exist in time, a fact that we’re reminded of whenever we hurry to grab a seat before the 7:20 showing starts. The medium is also uniquely equipped to play with story time and screen time t...



The Fools of Rock

Tenacious D offers up a satanically good comic rock opera.
Kristian Lin
This is what I remember most about Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.


Wishing and Hyping

For Your Consideration, this comedy isn’t the best from Christopher Guest.
Kristian Lin
Having worked in the mock-documentary format since This Is Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest has ditched the form in his latest movie, For Your Consideration. You’ll hardly notice, though, since the movie takes place in an area (...



Windsor Knot

The show must go on, says The Queen, an excellent account of a monarchy in crisis.
Kristian Lin
Honestly, I can’t imagine what British people must feel watching The Queen. The movie evokes the flood tide of emotions that washed over the U.K. in 1997: the surge of hope that accompanied Tony Blair’s election, the crushi...


Slipping a Mickey

Animals were definitely harmed during the making of Fast Food Nation.
Kristian Lin
One thought prevailed in my brain as I watched Fast Food Nation: Richard Linklater has turned into John Sayles. That’s not a good thing, by the way, though I’m sure it’s only temporary. The multifariously talented filmmak...