Posts Tagged ‘strong’

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: When You’re Smiley…

…the whole world lies to you in this hallowed British spy thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve heard complaints about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from those who haven’t read the John le Carré novel on which it’s based or seen the celebrated 1979 BBC TV miniseries adaptation of it. Newcomers find the current fil...


Country Strong: Let It Go

This music drama’s wasted potential is sad enough for a country song.
KRISTIAN LIN
The pre-World War II film director Howard Hawks once said that a good movie consisted of three good scenes and no bad ones. Country Strong has two very good scenes and a ton of bad ones. It is, on balance, a bad movie, but it...



This Movie Is Kick-Ass

It’s also a psychotic, satirical ode to superheroes.
KRISTIAN LIN
How do I describe the awesomeness of Kick-Ass? I could say this is the superhero flick that Watchmen desperately wanted to be, but that doesn’t quite cover it. I could call it a comic book fan’s dream come true, but then I...


Wedding Crasher

A weak lead performance waters down this farce at a best friend’s wedding.
Kristian Lin
All right, somebody needs to explain the whole Patrick Dempsey thing to me.



Flying Solo

Local R&B-rock quartet Soulever Lift finds a middle ground between Christian and secular, contented and poor.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Admittedly, the four members of Soulever Lift realize they’re just another local band following every possible avenue to achieve some sort of success in the independent music market.


Earthly Delight

John Cusack helps elevate a big-budget popcorn flick to an emotionally honest character drama.
Cole Williams
Just when you think you’ve seen every type of Hollywood family drama, along comes something nice to revitalize your faith in mainstream cinema.



The Sadies

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The Sadies built their reputation on a mélange of styles referred to by various critics as (choose one or more terms) honkytonk rockabilly twang spaghetti-western surf electric bluegrass psychedelic pop garage-rock. There̵...


Randy Rogers Band

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Every decade or so, a new regional renegade comes along to symbolize Texas Music’s swaggering side, a la Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s, Robert Earl Keen in the ’80s, and Pat Green in the ’90s. Who will we look back on an...