Film Reviews

Look Up in the Sky

Kristian Lin
Forget the buzz that the latest Superman movie has a “Superman is gay” subtext. The real subtext of Superman Returns is that Superman is Jesus. The film is drawing raves from my fellow critics, and I wish I could join in, b...


Thirteen

An absentee dad turns granddad and steals the show in Keeping Up With the Steins.
Kristian Lin
First of all, Keeping Up With the Steins isn’t to be confused with 2002’s Kissing Jessica Stein. Between the Judaism and the low-budget depictions of life in ritzy neighborhoods, the two films would make an interesting doub...



Hesses’ Messes

The makers of Napoleon Dynamite find their act doesn’t travel south of the border.
Kristian Lin
Nacho Libre is the second comedy from husband-and-wife filmmaking team Jared and Jerusha Hess, whose debut Napoleon Dynamite somehow became a huge hit two years ago.


Fahrenheit 911

Global warming will kill us all unless we change, says Al Gore.
Kristian Lin
Did you see Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch a few weeks ago? The one that had Al Gore winning the 2000 presidential election and leading America to universal health care, gasoline at 19 cents a gallon, an $11 trillion bu...



Post Romanticism

Lovers come unstuck in time in the surprisingly good The Lake House.
Kristian Lin
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Sandra Bullock is best known as a comic actress, but her best work tends to come in roles where she isn’t concentrating on being cute and lovable. In movies as different as Whi...


Radio Days

A Prairie Home Companion moves to the big screen. Fans won’t be disappointed.
Kristian Lin
I have to admit, I have no idea whether the film version of A Prairie Home Companion is a good movie or not. I can tell you that it’s the cinematic equivalent of a big dish of Powder Milk Biscuits, awash in maple syrup. This ...



Outback Slaughterhouse

Kristian Lin
During an interlude late in The Proposition, a member of an outlaw gang (Samuel Budge) sings a song to his fellow gang members about lost love in a thin, soulful tenor voice. The other outlaws are all moved by the song’s beau...


Red Scare

Arlingtonian Blake Calhoun’s Killing Down has all the makings of a top-shelf action thriller.
Brian Abrams
Arlington native Blake Calhoun appears to be on his way. His action-packed thriller and third feature Killing Down had its world premiere earlier this month in Dallas at the 36th annual USA Film Festival (sponsored by giants IF...