Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham make like suave secret agents in Spy.

With My Little Eye

At last, Spy is the Melissa McCarthy vehicle we’ve been waiting for.
Kristian Lin
  Okay, that’s more like it. That thought kept running through my head while I was watching Spy. You see, Melissa McCarthy’s post-Bridesmaids career as a leading lady has not been a story of untrammeled success. She ke...

Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, and Kevin Dillon live the 1% life in "Entourage."

Entourage: Posse Out

Now I know why people hate the TV show.
Kristian Lin
I went into Entourage cold, having never seen an episode of the HBO TV show. I was aware that the program was respected at one point, but I had bigger fish to fry with my limited hours of TV viewing, and when somebody called it...

The Nightmare opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Nightmare (NR) Rodney Ascher (Room 237) directs this documentary about sleep paralysis, a condition in which sufferers experience terrifying hallucinations while falling asleep or waking up. (Opens Friday in Dallas)...

Yes, that damned TV is back.

Poltergeist: Same Scares

This remake of the ’82 classic is all glitz, no soul.
Fort Worth Weekly
In 2015, when Hollywood rolls out yet another remake, there’s no point in asking, “Why?” Hollywood gonna Hollywood, and the only way studios are going to quit remaking classics is if people quit going to see them. The ori...

Milla Jovovich find herself a wanted woman in "Survivor."

Just Die Already

We vote the forgettable thriller Survivor off the screen.
Kristian Lin
For some time now, AMC Grapevine Mills (and, to a lesser extent, its sister theater in Arlington’s Parks Mall) has been setting aside a screen or two to show modestly budgeted genre films as a form of counterprogramming to Ho...

Zoë Kravitz and Ethan Hawke take a break from operating drones in Good Kill.

Push Button, End Life

Good Kill is about drone warfare, and all it does is drone.
Kristian Lin
Poor Andrew Niccol. He wants so badly to be that guy, you know? The New Zealand-born filmmaker has been toiling in Hollywood since the 1990s trying to make thrillers that both please the popcorn crowd and give the intellectuals...

In front of monitors forecasting doom, George Clooney and Britt Robertson have it out in Tomorrowland.

Future Passé

Tomorrowland gives a vision of hope that’s as chilling as any dystopia.
Kristian Lin
Back in the self-proclaimed Space Age of the 1950s and ’60s, visions of the future featured lots of clean, shiny cities filled with happy, productive people whose problems had been solved by technology. How do you recapture t...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (NR) Belinda Sallin’s documentary profile of the late artist, architect, and Oscar-winning production designer. (Opens Friday in Dallas)  Chronicles of Evil (NR) Baek Woon-hak’s thri...

Echoes of War

Riled Up

Echoes of War tells a modest tale of revenge in rural Texas.
Kristian Lin
Let’s be real here. The main reason the low-budget Western Echoes of War is opening in theaters here is because of the presence of Maika Monroe, the lead actress of this spring’s indie horror hit It Follows who now seems on...

With a faithful border collie, Carey Mulligan surveys her holdings in Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Hardy Girl

Carey Mulligan is phenomenal in this film of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Kristian Lin
Back in 1967, there was a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd. (Note to younger movie fans: Do not confuse the writer with the guy starring in the Mad Max sequel this week. That’s a different ...