Posts Tagged ‘jack’

Vegas Babies

This comedy feels longer than a quickie marriage and is more embarrassing.
Kristian Lin
Five years ago Ashton Kutcher starred in a dire romantic comedy called Just Married, one of those movies that tries to present marriage as horrible but instead winds up portraying its married characters as such horrible people ...


Survivor Girl

The secret of Nim is the location of a girl’s island home in this overly silly family film.
Kristian Lin
Wendy Orr wrote a story when she was nine years old.



Death Warmed Over

A weepy, fuzzy end-of-life drama will leave you wanting to kick The Bucket List.
Kristian Lin
Remember last year’s Oscars, when Jack Nicholson showed up at the ceremony with a shaven head and everybody said, “Ooh, it’s Jack Nicholson with a shaven head!”?


Bodies at Rest

Please do not touch or nitpick the Mueck.
Art
Smug.”“Literal.”“Impervious to multiple interpretations.”“Susceptible to parody.”“Self-parodic.”“The Old Guard’s new clothes.”



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...


Four Stars

The restaurant-and-a-movie concept goes upscale but is still down to earth, produced by Metro Cinema + Indigo Grille.
Brian Abrams
The restaurant-slash-movie-theater concept hasn’t really taken off here. To sup-and-screen somewhere other than at our beloved Ridgmar Movie Tavern (comfortable, solid neighborhood grill fare), we Tarrant County folk have to ...



The Fall of a Sparrow

Kristian Lin
There are filmmakers who look back wistfully on the Hollywood of the 1930s and ’40s, when the studios had directors and other creative personnel under contract. Why the wistfulness for a system that placed such unfair restric...


Hesses’ Messes

The makers of Napoleon Dynamite find their act doesn’t travel south of the border.
Kristian Lin
Nacho Libre is the second comedy from husband-and-wife filmmaking team Jared and Jerusha Hess, whose debut Napoleon Dynamite somehow became a huge hit two years ago.