Film

Dark Side

KRISTIAN LIN
Duncan Jones is the birth name of the son of rock star David Bowie (himself né David Hayward-Jones), though infamously the father went through a phase when he insisted on calling his son Zowie Bowie. The younger Jones is now 3...


Gay Hijinks

KRISTIAN LIN
Well, this is an interesting time for Brüno to come out, even more interesting than my choice of phrase just now. A few weeks after Fort Worth’s gay community was sparked into outrage and activism, Sacha Baron Cohen̵...



Half Potions

KRISTIAN LIN
Two years ago I observed that there are many different ways to make a Harry Potter movie, thanks to all the different directors who’ve adapted J.K. Rowling’s novels to the big screen. That proves true yet again in H...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blood: The Last Vampire (R) Gianna Jun stars in this live-action adaptation of an anime film about a vampire who infiltrates a military school in post-World War II Japan to find a demon disguised as one of the students...



The Ring

KRISTIAN LIN
James Kelley Young – who prefers to be addressed by his middle name – was born on an Air Force base in Tokyo, but his family moved to Fort Worth a year later in 1964. He has lived here ever since, and the city has h...


Denis the Menaced

KRISTIAN LIN
For years I detested Chris Columbus, the Hollywood director who spent the 1990s turning out sanitized, highly profitable family farces (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire) and then spent the early part of this decade bloating the first...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Brothers Bloom (PG-13) There’s much to admire and much to feel uneasy about in this comedy-thriller about two adopted brothers and con artists (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who run a complex scheme to bilk ...


Kvetch

KRISTIAN LIN
“If you’re stupid enough to want a feel-good movie, go get yourself a foot massage,” says Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) to the camera early in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. Well, I am stupid enough, and...



G-Mann

KRISTIAN LIN
Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies, is based on Bryan Burrough’s voluminous history of the early days of the FBI, when the fledgling bureau spent 1933-35 bringing down John Dillinger, the Karpis/Barker gang,...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chéri (R) Dangerous Liaisons director Stephen Frears, writer Christopher Hampton, and star Michelle Pfeiffer reunite for this drama about a retired Parisian courtesan in the 1900s who falls in love with a rival’...