Kristian M. Lin


Kristian M. Lin
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) I enjoyed Happy Death Day when it came out 18 months ago, but I was still skeptical of the idea for a sequel.... I'm pleased, therefore, to report that the sequel blows up the original's setup and pushes its genre-bending fun into new territory. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) In Alita: Battle Angel, Rodriguez succeeds like he never has before. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) All told, The Lego Movie 2 did make me laugh out loud enough times to recommend it. I just wish it had a little more chaos to give it the original's sugar high. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
No Score Yet Extreme Job (2019) Aside from the mouth-watering shots of fried chicken, the movie has laughs, too. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) The film isn't quite as earth-shaking as it wants to be, but it's worth a look as it opens in Tarrant County this weekend. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) [A] delightful family movie. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) This movie gives [Regina King] the showcase she always deserved, and she responds with a performance of heroic dimensions. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
66% Vice (2018) The movie also has the most amazing performance of Christian Bale's career. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Let's not mince words here: This movie is bad, so bad that I feel embarrassed. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) While Lucas Hedges is quite good here, the movie turns out to be one of the best vehicles Julia Roberts has had in years. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is easily the studio's best outing, turning the well-worn comic-book superhero story into a psychedelically funny adventure. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) This movie has a song in its heart and a sharpened candy cane lawn ornament through a zombie's heart, and I think I'll be watching it every Christmas from now on. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Every holiday season seems to bring a costume epic that's packing serious heat underneath all the gowns and frippery. This year, it's The Favourite. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
No Score Yet Unstoppable (Seong-nan-hwang-so) (2018) All told, the shaggy straightforwardness of Unstoppable makes it feel like one of those Hollywood action flicks from the 1980s that starred Stallone or Schwarzenegger. Transplanted to another culture and another time, that's not the worst thing. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo is sublime - its reality is so awesome that it dwarfs you. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
91% Widows (2018) My first thought is, Geez, why did no one think to give Davis her own movie until now? - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Unfortunately, the director and his co-writers are helpless in the face of the spy plot in Lagercrantz' novel, despite some serious pruning. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) [Director Marielle] Heller has the best quality a filmmaker can have: the ability to direct actors. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a nightmare told in great spurts of blood across black canvases and great slashing movements by its dancers. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Great movies often have great performances, but I think it must be harder for an actor to give a great performance in the midst of a bad movie. You see where I'm going with this, don't you? - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Johnny is stuck in place, and screenwriter William Davies (who has been with the series since the start) can't think of any new notes or situations for him. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The real-world social problems here make a teen movie like Love, Simon look toothless by comparison and make The Hate U Give into something rare and useful. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Still, it wears that running time lightly, and the conversational exchanges and plot twists keep us engaged enough to ensure that good times are had at this resort. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Whereas Hansen's exhaustively researched book sometimes comes up short on drama, this movie is fortunate to have a filmmaker who can dazzle as well as anyone. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) For all the predictions I've heard about this latest version being either great or terrible, I have to say it lands in between, though thankfully much closer to the former than the latter. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) You can't help but reflect that Sacha Baron Cohen squeezed more out of his recent agitprop stunts, or wish for the narrower focus of a documentary like Sabaah Folayan's Whose Streets? - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Better yet, this disreputably entertaining thriller makes us see everybody involved in a new light. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Mandy has echoes of Hollywood stuff that's out now like The Predator and Peppermint, but its compelling strangeness gives it a power that those others can't hope to match. Plus, y'know, chainsaws. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) There are simply too many moving parts in this story for Black to handle. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
91% Searching (2018) This movie works best as a showcase for Cho. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The writing here is strong enough to make Juliet, Naked into a pleasing late-summer trifle. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) The only truly scary bit comes when Mrs. Ayres is locked in a long-empty child's nursery and assailed by sounds and voices without any visible source. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
52% Papillon (2018) Whether you're looking to this as a prison-break film, a psychological study, or a platonic romance, Papillon turns into a well-meaning slog. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) That status quo needs blowing up, and if Crazy Rich Asians can do that, great. For now, I'll settle for its well-heeled charms and the prospect of seeing some of these actors again in bigger roles. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Rhetorical excess is another feature of Lee's filmmaking, and this movie is no exception... These are negligible flaws, though, compared with the superb ensemble acting, another hallmark of Lee's filmmaking. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Spy Who Dumped Me makes me hope to see this pairing again, in a film better suited to them. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham captures that teenage feeling you get that the world is a hopeless pit of despair, and at the same time he shows that it doesn't have to be. Summer is always just around the corner. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) This is a devastatingly surefooted debut by music video director Carlos López Estrada, who injects this drama about class and race issues with the nervous, bopping energy of Spike Lee's early films. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie is on his second tour with the series, and he's strongest on the most important aspect of these films, which is the stuntwork. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A master class in comic outrage, Sorry to Bother You is a cinematic act of bomb throwing that made me laugh and laugh. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Whitney, the new documentary sanctioned by her family estate, reminds us what kind of force she was in her day, and how much it cost her personally. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
64% Animal World (2018) Animal World is dry and repetitive, but it got my gamer brain going. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Regardless... the craftsmanship of [director Sebastián] Lelio's filmmaking and the simmering passions of these performances deserve an audience. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Heaven knows that I myself fall short of Fred Rogers' state of grace all too often in my life, but watching Won't You Be My Neighbor? makes me want to renew my efforts. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) For all that, an astonishing amount of this movie still works. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) The indelibly unwholesome Hereditary does earn its comparison to [Rosemary's Baby], which tells you a lot about how accomplished it is. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade isn't great art by any means, but I liked the comedy-spiked chill that it gave me. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is efficient entertainment and no more than that, but it's also no less. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) His message of humility, charity, and stewardship of the world for the less fortunate is always welcome. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's in such ways that Deadpool 2 retains enough good will to get by. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018