Film

36 Weeks Later

Baby, Knocked Up raises its share of laughs but falls short of the hype.
Kristian Lin
For months, Knocked Up has been the subject of deafening internet buzz, hotly anticipated as the funniest movie of the summer, or even the entire year.


Flop Cards

What’s the Deal? This late-to-the-party poker drama turns up no surprises.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t play poker. I missed out on the whole craze that ignited and then waned earlier in this decade.



Love Bug

The craziness is contagious in this claustrophobic, unsatisfying thriller.
Kristian Lin
Purely from an intellectual standpoint, the existence of Bug tickles me. I love how it starts out as a kitchen-sink indie drama and then turns into something weirder and more menacing halfway through.


Over the Edge

Pirates of the Caribbean is at franchise’s end, and the improvement is only marginal.
KRISTIAN LIN
Before the press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, my fellow film critics and I were handed a printed request that read, in part: “Please do not reveal the many plot resolutions that occur throughout th...



Miss American Pie

Ladies and gentlemen, please remember to tip the Waitress at your theater.
Kristian Lin
It’s impossible to watch Waitress without feeling a certain amount of pain.


Rocky Past

Thoughts on why Georgia Rule is better than its bad reviews.
Kristian Lin
We’re film critics. We’re supposed to be shockproof. We take pride in our ability to watch movies without batting an eyelash when they deal with gay sex, interracial sex, S&M sex, and other forms of sexuality that migh...



Running Dead

An overrated zombie flick grows staler in a sequel set 28 Weeks Later.
Kristian Lin
Think it’s depressing being American these days? Try being British.


Walking Wounded

Home of the Brave takes on a timely subject and winds up feeling decades old.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last week when I reviewed Civic Duty, I referred to the difficulty Hollywood was experiencing when dealing with the Iraq war.



Angry Spider

The wall-crawler’s third film tries to do too much, but it’s fascinating all the same.
Kristian Lin
The last shot of Spider-Man 2 was a close-up of MJ Watson (Kirsten Dunst) as she watched her beloved superhero web off into the distance, with mixed emotions all over her face.


Four Day Filmmaking

Fort Worth’s favorite comedy troupe branches into the cinematic arts.
Kristian Lin
Four Day Weekend Theater in downtown Fort Worth isn’t usually thought of as a place for hardcore cinephiles, yet on a recent afternoon the troupe’s co-founder David Ahearn talked easily and knowledgeably about the work of T...