Film Reviews
Michael B. Jordan gives Ariana Neal a piggyback ride in Fruitvale Station.

Death on a Platform

Fruitvale Station turns a police shooting into powerful drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Weinstein Company didn’t intend to release Fruitvale Station in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Things just worked out that way. Truthfully, any time would be good to see this drama that expands this week to ...


Aubrey Plaza sucks on a push pop while preparing to go through the items on "The To Do List."

Sex and Brandy

Aubrey Plaza gets freaky, filthy, and funny in The To Do List.
KRISTIAN LIN
Aubrey Plaza gets herself a whole new act in The To Do List, ditching the jaded, sarcastic persona she assumes on TV’s Parks and Recreation to portray a girl who’s wide-eyed and earnest as she takes a self-administered cras...



James Wan loves him some creepy dolls in The Conjuring.

Conjuring Frights

It’s not perfect, but James Wan’s new horror film will turn your hair white.
STEVE STEWARD
Having apparently wrung every last drop of blood and cash from the Rube Goldberg-ian torture porn of the Saw franchise, director James Wan has turned his attention to scaring the bejesus out of nice families, first with the 201...


Sam Rockwell and Liam James ponder the next stage of life at an oceanside water park in The Way, Way Back.

Duncan in Water

Rookie directors make The Way, Way Back into a solid comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Expanding into Tarrant County this week, the agreeable summer comedy The Way, Way Back begins with Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old from Albany, in the last place he wants to be: in the back seat of a station wagon driven by ...



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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

The crowd goes wild, but maybe you had to be there.
STEVE STEWARD
Is comedian Kevin Hart big enough to fill Madison Square Garden? Because I honestly had no idea who he was until I saw his mockumentary, Let Me Explain, at which point I thought, “Oh, he’s the guy who kicked Aziz Ansari in ...


Michael Polley goes to work as an actor while his daughter Sarah looks on in Stories We Tell.

Lies My Mother Told Me

Sarah Polley’s meta-documentary asks how we tell the Stories We Tell.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sarah Polley was the It Girl of independent cinema in the late 1990s. The small, serious, fiercely intelligent native of Toronto was still a teenager when she gave unignorable performances in films such as The Sweet Hereafter, ...



Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer try to catch up with the bad guys’ train car in The Lone Ranger.

Ay! Oh, Silver!

The Lone Ranger trips over its ambitions and goes flying.
KRISTIAN LIN
The most fascinating bad movie of the summer, The Lone Ranger is out to do far more than simply revive the character created as part of a radio serial in 1933. This blockbuster aims to acknowledge the genocide of Native America...


Gru tries to get his minions back to work in Despicable Me 2.

Gru Some More

The minions and their gags walk off with Despicable Me 2.
KRISTIAN LIN
Most of the creative personnel from Despicable Me have carried over to the sequel, Despicable Me 2, so we shouldn’t be surprised to find this second adventure to be more of the same. Like the $250 million hit from two years a...



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Larry Stanley Returns Home

A Fort Worth filmmaker tries to balance faith and fun.
KRISTIAN LIN
Larry Stanley is an avowed Christian whose religion informs his filmmaking, but he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a Christian filmmaker. “I don’t want to be backed into a corner,” said the Fort Worth resident who tur...


Amy Acker (under counter) hides from her friends’ conversation about her love life in Much Ado About Nothing.

Malibu Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing: the best romantic comedy of 2013 (and 1598).
KRISTIAN LIN
The story instantly passed into legend among both comic book geeks and theater geeks: After wrapping shooting on The Avengers in 2011, Joss Whedon was supposed to go on a two-week vacation in Italy with his family. Instead, wit...