Film Reviews

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 (...


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...



The Bond Beginning

A new actor and an old outlook help 007 regain his mojo in Casino Royale.
KRISTIAN LIN
There hasn’t been a good new James Bond picture in two decades.


Narrative Voice

It’s Stranger Than Fiction when your main character hears he’s going to die.
KRISTIAN LIN
I can safely say that Stranger Than Fiction is stranger than your average movie.



Stray Shot

Spanning the globe, Babel contains at least three movies. One’s really good.
Kristian Lin
Supposedly director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have parted ways over the issue of authorial credit for the three films they’ve collaborated on.


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...



Borat to Be Wild

Jagshemash! A Kazakh bumbles through America in this fitfully amusing satire.
Kristian Lin
There’s nothing like a movie that sparks an international incident, especially the one bearing the unwieldy title of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. When Kazakh president N...


Slugging It Out

Nick Park’s animation company goes digital, but something essential is Flushed Away.
Kristian Lin
If Flushed Away looks familiar, there’s no mystery to it. The movie’s a product of Aardman Animation, the British outfit that has turned out Chicken Run and the Wallace & Gromit films. The medium here is pixels rather ...



Million Dollar Mandy

A local producer and Fort Worth Country Day School grad lands a major Hollywood deal.
Brian Abrams
A lot of grads from Fort Worth Country Day School, one of the most elite private high schools in Texas, have experienced some success in the film industry.


Terrorist in Training

The South African story Catch a Fire is an object lesson in why torture doesn’t work.
Kristian Lin
Is Phillip Noyce one of the world’s most important filmmakers? Five years ago we all would have laughed at the suggestion, yet now here I am giving it serious thought. After launching his career in 1989 with the effective thr...