Posts Tagged ‘named’

Two by Spielberg

The director adapts children’s books. One comes out well.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only a filmmaker of Steven Spielberg’s stature could convince two rival Hollywood studios to put out two films by him in the same week, and during Christmas, no less. The Adventures of Tintin is based specifically on three 19...


Happy Feet Two: Heading South

The singing penguins poop out in this bizarre sequel.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m still trying to figure out how the disjointed and heavy-handed Happy Feet got such great reviews five years ago, but there’s no secret as to why it was such a big box-office hit: Six-year-old kids can’t resist the sig...



Fright Night: Meet the Neighbor

For a wig-flipper, this remake hits the spot.
STEVE STEWARD
The latest in Hollywood’s slovenly 21st-century penchant for remakes, Fright Night updates the blood-spattered 1985 vampire classic with ample humor and pitch-perfect performances, seasoned with some charmingly low-budget dig...


The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
KRISTIAN LIN
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...



Mars Needs Moms: Empty Wells

This animated sci-fi kids’ flick goes wrong in many ways.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last week, we had the incredible burst of experimentalism that was Rango, a defiantly old-school 2-D animated film that nevertheless ventured fearlessly into territory untapped by kids’ movies. This week, Mars Needs Moms, a 3...


I Fold

Big Ticket
Well, here’s a character that even longtime Fort Worth theatergoers probably haven’t seen before. Rajiv Joseph’s Animals Out of Paper revolves around a teenage Indian-American origami savant who dresses in hip-hop fashion...



The Illusionist: Scots Oui, Oui

A French animation genius returns to the screen at last.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seven years ago, Sylvain Chomet captured the world’s attention with his animated feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville. At the time, many critics including me saw the influence of Jacques Tati, the great mid-20th-cent...


Tangled: Split Ends

Separating the good hair from the bad in Disney’s animated Rapunzel story.
KRISTIAN LIN
Disney’s latest animated musical is a fractured take on the Rapunzel story. Presumably it’s called Tangled because there’s already a musical entitled Hair.



Driving the Limit

Pixar shifts into a lower gear and makes Cars into a leisurely scenic outing.
Kristian Lin
You could hear the tiniest stirrings of something on the internet about Cars. Not necessarily a backlash but something smaller: criticism of the movie’s trailer, saying the jokes were too cutesy and the cars with eyes in thei...


Scare Season is Here

Big Ticket
Fall can drag here sometimes, either with school starting back up or the weather just not getting as cool as we want. But fall also means the build-up to Halloween, and Fort Worth becomes host to a plethora of spectacular haunts.