Kristian M. Lin

Kristian M. Lin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
96% Little Woods (2019) The film may not look impressive, but I am impressed by how [writer-director Nia] DaCosta introduces complications into this already complicated story without straining for effect. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
90% Blinded by the Light (2019) This feel-good drama filled with bounding energy is also a stark reminder of the hope that the America of Bruce Springsteen's music used to offer to the world. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Careful but pleasingly odd little film. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
82% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) If you are in possession of a small child who's on fire to see Dora and her friends brought to life, all this talent makes the experience relatively pain-free and even good for a few laughs out loud. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Even if it weren't a landmark LGBT film, it would still be worth seeing just for its African story unfiltered by a Western sensibility. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) More than anything, [Jessie Buckley's] the reason why Wild Rose feels like an old song heard with fresh ears. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The script could perhaps be finer in its satire of alpha-maleness, but it's helped immensely by Nivola's performance, which nicely straddles the line between funny and creepy. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) It's just more animation and not necessarily better. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 42% Stuber (2019) Director Michael Dowse does have a talent for escalating mayhem. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Superbly creepy. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
59% Ophelia (2019) The shame is, the cast here would have been good enough for a straight-up adaptation of Hamlet. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) For all the movies that have been made about rock's greatest band, there isn't a lovelier tribute to them than this. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's a thing of mystery and wonder, and it feels like nothing else. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Some storytelling angel presides over this series. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
83% American Woman (2019) Without Miller's performance, American Woman might turn into a slog, but her galvanizing, unvarnished, resilient presence gives power to this drama of personal growth. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die doesn't break ground the way its zombies do, but the laughs it raises make it pleasant enough. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
95% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) If you're in the mood for something nihilistic, where loyalty means nothing and violence promises to go on with no end in sight, this movie delivers. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is at its best when it depicts Molly's sensibility energizing Katherine's comedy. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) The momentum from the movie's first half dwindles to nothing. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) The way Wilde stuffs funny gags into the corners and the background of the frame proves that she is a major comic talent. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Nasim Pedrad contributes further comic relief as Jasmine's handmaiden and the Egyptian-Canadian actor Massoud almost manages to make Aladdin interesting, which is a marked improvement on the original's rendition of him. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) If [director Zhang Yimou's] controversial The Great Wall showed him in deep decline (and willing to pander to English-speaking audiences), Shadow shows that he still has a few moves left. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) No other movie franchise has created this sort of suspense in one film and resolved it so spectacularly in the next. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
73% Teen Spirit (2019) Perhaps this musical turn wouldn't be as impactful if it came from an actress with a deeper pop background... but Fanning's portrayal is worth sitting through all the canned dramatics for. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) In its zeal to depict the numerous facets of the reform movement and the methods the government used to infiltrate it, the story feels decentered.... Still, the movie does show how power perpetuates itself even in the face of such a shameful event. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Being retro is not always a good thing, but in Shazam!, it amounts to a breath of fresh, lightning-singed air. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) Like Stephen King, Jordan Peele is a master at setting up an aggressively normal world and then introducing details that are further and further off until we're in the middle of a full-blown nightmare. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) One of Moore's career-best performances, and I don't say that lightly. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
71% Climax (2019) Less talking and more dancing is a good direction for Noé to go. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
94% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) From the first martial-arts segment, with Phuong punching, kicking, and bludgeoning her way through a couple dozen thugs in the market, you can tell that these filmmakers know what they're doing. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Somehow, I feel like [Captain Marvel's] going to pound Thanos straight into the ground. I would enjoy that. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) An engrossing 133-minute mystery tale. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
60% Greta (2019) The elements in Greta could add up to something special. It's just a shame that they don't quite come together. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
70% 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
60% 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
83% 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
74% 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
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) [A] delightful family movie. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
95% 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
79% 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
82% 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
78% 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
93% 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
80% 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
97% 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