Film

Not So Minny Laughs

KRISTIAN LIN
The whole time I was watching New in Town, I was wondering why Renée Zellweger didn’t fit her role. In this throwaway comedy she plays Lucy, a Miami-based executive for a food conglomerate who’s sent to Minnesota j...


Ram Jam

KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone’s calling The Wrestler a comeback vehicle for Mickey Rourke, but he hasn’t really been away. He has worked steadily in this decade, and younger viewers probably know him as the deep-voiced, muscle-bound cha...



Alien vs. Viking

KRISTIAN LIN
First of all, Outlander has nothing to do with Highlander. It’s the sort of movie that reminds you that the line can be very fine between inspired creative lunacy and a really stupid idea. This overlong swords-sandals-and...


Playing the Heavy

KRISTIAN LIN
Fat men sometimes serve as tragic figures in movies. Notorious is a tragedy, but the main character’s fatness isn’t what marks him for doom but rather what helps make him an unlikely star before his early death. It&...



“We’re Not Special”

KRISTIAN LIN
Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet signed on to star in Revolutionary Road, the Hollywood publicity machine has buzzed nonstop about these stars reuniting for the first time since Titanic. As you may have heard, they...


Chop Suey Masala

KRISTIAN LIN
With the release of Chandni Chowk to China, the race for the title of Weirdest Movie of 2009 is off to a flying start. This jumbo-sized epic has been made jointly by the Indian and Chinese film industries.



The Top 10

KRISTIAN LIN
Every time I log on to a movie-related website, some joker writing in all caps is ranting about how the movies in 2008 sucked. I’ve even heard a few of my fellow film critics here in North Texas muttering the same thing b...


Playing Serious

KRISTIAN LIN
When The Queen came out two years ago and scored a bunch of Oscar nominations and an eventual Best Actress win for Helen Mirren, some people in the movie-related blogosphere thought the film was undeserving. “It’s j...



Peyton Place

KRISTIAN LIN
I like Peyton Reed. I think he’s underappreciated. He has directed three previous films, all of them mainstream Hollywood romantic comedies, two of them medium-sized hits (2000′s Bring It On and 2006′s The Bre...


Ragas and Riches

KRISTIAN LIN
I had an opening paragraph all ready to go for my review of Slumdog Millionaire, saying how all the hype about India as a burgeoning superpower was premature until the country faced up to some serious internal social problems. ...