Film

Aerosol Cheese

Good morning, Baltimore! Take a deep whiff of Hairspray, and you’ll get high.
Kristian Lin
John Waters’ 1988 film Hairspray marked that precarious moment when it looked like Waters would successfully transform from the ultimate filmmaking outsider to a pillar of Hollywood. That never happened, of course.


Bale Out

A U.S. pilot’s story of survival is powerfully retold in Rescue Dawn.
Kristian Lin
Werner Herzog isn’t the last filmmaker you’d expect to make a straight-up drama about U.S. military heroism, but he’d be pretty far down the list.



The Brad Seed

Harry Potter, he ain’t. Joshua is a dreary entry in the evil-kid movie genre.
Kristian Lin
To begin with, the current film Joshua has nothing to do with the sleepy 2002 movie by the same name that starred Tony Goldwyn as a present-day carpenter who’s supposed to be Jesus.


Freezing Spell

While Harry Potter loses a loved one, his fifth movie loses something else.
Kristian Lin
The opening scene of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes place in brilliant sunshine, which we don’t often see in these movies.



Hit Me Again

Ben Kingsley beats the bottle, but his movie loses the war.
Kristian Lin
Of all the living actors who’ve been knighted by the queen of England, have any of them found their way into more crappy movies than Sir Ben Kingsley?


Robots in Distress

The failure is system-wide in the new big-screen version of Transformers.
Kristian Lin
The time seems ripe for a re-evaluation of Michael Bay. It’s been almost 10 years since his Armageddon ruled the box office by sheer brute force of publicity, star power, and on-screen CGI explosions, and made millions of mov...



C’est délicieux, ce film

animé du Pixar qui s’appelle Ratatouille.
Kristian Lin
I keep worrying about Pixar. I worry that they now put out a movie every year instead of once every two or three years, and that the studio’s top creative guys now oversee the whole Disney shebangapalooza instead of just thei...


Health Scare System

Michael Moore’s latest doc will leave you feeling ill about American medicine.
Kristian Lin
Those reports you’ve heard about the new, self-effacing Michael Moore turn out to be more or less true in his latest documentary, Sicko.



Oh, God! Book II

The Lord may save our souls, but neither He nor Steve Carell can save Evan Almighty.
Kristian Lin
The biggest laugh in the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty didn’t come from the movie’s star, Jim Carrey.


Reporting Live

A great director cuts into A Mighty Heart, but changes the pace to good effect.
Kristian Lin
Michael Winterbottom has spent the last 10 years as one of the world’s most prolific and influential filmmakers, and yet A Mighty Heart marks the first time that a film of his has reached the big screens of Fort Worth.