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The Amazing Spider-Man opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) The series re-starts with Andrew Garfield starring as high-school student Peter Parker as he first becomes the superhero and seeks to learn the fate of his missing parents. Also with Emma...


Bear with me: Mark Wahlberg and his best friend prepare to do shots in Ted.

Ted Talks

Seth MacFarlane knocks the stuffing out of his first movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I have never been a fan of Seth MacFarlane or Family Guy, but when I saw the trailer for his debut film Ted, I thought, “This will either be brilliant or really stupid.” Now I’ve seen the movie, and it’s pretty much bri...



Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine meet in the parking lot outside an AA meeting in "People Like Us."

People Like Us: Your Sister. Sister?

Great acting redeems this domestic drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
You’d expect the co-writer of the Transformers movies, Mission: Impossible 3, and Star Trek to take up a sci-fi action thriller in that same vein for his directing debut. You’d be wrong. People Like Us is a domestic drama w...


Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass ride in a vehicle that is not a time machine in "Safety Not Guaranteed."

Safety Not Guaranteed: Grand Plaza

Aubrey Plaza ponders time travel in this dazzling sci-fi comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Every generation needs at least one sarcastic chick. We have Aubrey Plaza, whose bracing vitriol and crack comic timing have livened up films like Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and especially TV’s Parks and Rec...



Omar Sy takes François Cluzet out for a snow day in The Intouchables.

Intouchables: Comédie Noire

France grapples with race beneath the surface of this feted buddy movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Officially, France is a colorblind society. Unofficially, many French people of color don’t have access to the same economic and educational opportunities that white people do. This is a big reason why black and Arab youths r...


Mohamed Fellag (standing) takes over this group of kids in Monsieur Lazhar.

Monsieur Lazhar: Bonjour, Classe

This Canadian school drama is smart but too well-behaved.
KRISTIAN LIN
The French-Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this past year, and there were observers who tipped the movie to take home the statuette. It wound up losing to A Separation, ...



CHERNOBYL DIARIES

Reactor Reanimation

Chernobyl Diaries has a lot going for it ­— except the movie itself.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Chernobyl Diaries has all the makings of a great horror movie: a wholly original and sinister setting, engaging historical backstory, creepy Eastern European dudes everywhere, zombie-like beings lurking in the shadows, cleavage...


Alex from Sioux City navigates the perils of junior high in Bully.

Bully for You

This documentary aims for importance but falls short.
KRISTIAN LIN
This review is dedicated to my seventh-grade English teacher, who told her class one day that bullied students deserved no pity because they were too weak to stand up for themselves. This is the guidance I was getting as a smal...



Film Shorts 3-7-12

Kristian Lin
OPENING: John Carter (PG-13) Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) directs this live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars, about a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) who’s transported to Mars and...