Film

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...



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.


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...


Body Double

The Prestige tries to create magic, but only sends up smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only recently has the word “prestigious” come to mean “acclaimed” or “renowned.” The Prestige wastes no time explaining the word’s earlier meaning, whence comes the title. The film begins with a voiceover by Micha...



Body Double

The Prestige tries to create magic, but only sends up smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only recently has the word “prestigious” come to mean “acclaimed” or “renowned.” The Prestige wastes no time explaining the word’s earlier meaning, whence comes the title. The film begins with a voiceover by Micha...


If I Were a Queen

Maybe Marie Antoinette didn’t deserve the guillotine. Her new movie certainly doesn’t.
Kristian Lin
Sofia Coppola’s third film, Marie Antoinette comes trailing bad buzz from Cannes this past summer, where a largely French crowd greeted it with boos and hisses. It’s easy to see what they didn’t like. The director’s les...