Film

Ya’Ke at UTA

A filmmaker from San Antonio adjusts to Tarrant County life.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ya’Ke is a Swahili word meaning “son of God, great warrior.” That English translation is tattooed on the right shoulder of Dwain Ya’Ke Smith (one of several pieces of body art that he sports), who uses his middle name a...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Going the Distance (R) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long star in this comedy as a New York couple who hook up with each other six weeks before she moves permanently to San Francisco to finish grad school. The script is su...



One Sharp Machete

!Si, si! Robert Rodriguez satirizes the illegal immigration debate.
KRISTIAN LIN
Before Machete was a real movie, it was a fake movie. For their 2007 double-bill Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino had four trailers created for nonexistent films to run alongside their movie, partly to re-crea...


The American: This Gun for Hire

George Clooney scowls a lot in this dry thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
If nothing else, The American is an antidote to movies like Eat Pray Love, Letters to Juliet, and others in which Americans travel to Italy to rediscover their zest for life. George Clooney portrays the title character, a man l...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Animal Kingdom (R) David Michôd’s crime thriller stars James Frecheville as a 17-year-old Australian boy trying to go straight while his entire family steers him toward a life of violent crime. Also with Ben Mendels...


Get Low: Awake at the Wake

Robert Duvall is magnificent in this lightweight period piece.
KRISTIAN LIN
A festival favorite at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca, Get Low finally comes to our theaters this week (specifically, to a regular run at several local theaters –– the film is already playing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort W...



The Last Exorcism: Devil out of Nell

This inventive horror flick could be the scariest yet.
COLE WILLIAMS
So Paranormal Activity 2 is coming out soon. Good luck to it, because while I thought the original Paranormal Activity was built well but didn’t deliver any solid scares, The Last Exorcism is without a doubt the most terrifyi...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Breathless (NR) Fiftieth anniversary re-release of Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave classic about two young outlaws (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg) on a crime spree. Also with Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melv...



Adrian Santiago Hits the Market

A DVD release gives an unexpected boost to a first-time local filmmaker.
KRISTIAN LIN
“It’s just unreal,” said Adrian Santiago as we talked about the upcoming DVD release of his micro-budget film Grim. “Since we finished, it all feels like it’s been happening to somebody else.”


The Bali/Julia Project: Eat Pray Love

The best-selling memoir becomes a pretty travelogue and not much else.
KRISTIAN LIN
I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s polarizing memoir Eat, Pray, Love and found it as annoying as many others did, though I couldn’t help but wonder how many Gilbert haters would have been OK with the idea of a childless man in his ...