Kristian M. Lin

Kristian M. Lin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
89% 1917 (2020) It's a war film for fans of Downton Abbey. As such, it works splendidly. That doesn't make 1917 a great film. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
94% In Fabric (2019) If you're a devotee of cinema of the weird like me and dig the outré stylings of Mandy and The Lighthouse, In Fabric is a good bet for you. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) I must admit that Greta Gerwig's new version of Louisa May Alcott's novel is potent stuff. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
91% Uncut Gems (2019) It's remarkable in many ways, and yet undoubtedly it got on my nerves. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
69% Bombshell (2019) Director Jay Roach (who did, um, the Austin Powers movies) keeps the tone determinedly light, but the acting helps bring home how serious the stakes are. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker marks a stopping point for the films that began four years ago, and I find it to be a satisfactory conclusion. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
83% Waves (2019) Maybe Waves is only soap opera at bottom, but soap opera can be strong when it's elevated by overwhelming visuals and strong acting, like it is here. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) This film understands what Captain Marvel did and Charlie's Angels didn't: If you want people to think that your heroine is cool and important, don't treat her that way. Just show her doing cool and important stuff. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) If Queen & Slim doesn't always succeed as an act of provocation, it does work as a showcase for some new talent I'd like to see develop. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) On the one hand, I wish Rian Johnson were directing the new Star Wars installment after the job he did on The Last Jedi. On the other hand, if he were doing that, we wouldn't have the Thanksgiving feast of a murder mystery comedy, Knives Out. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) If Frozen II doesn't look to be the cultural behemoth that the first movie was, it shows that there are still things worth finding beneath the ice. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) I'll admit I was afraid that this movie would be a Ford commercial stretched out over 152 minutes, but thankfully, it's much more than that. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) For the record, I rate the current Charlie's Angels as better than its predecessors from the early 2000s. Just not by very much. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Perhaps this movie's greatest accomplishment is reminding us what a great actor Banderas is. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's the sort of failure worth saluting, ambitious, somewhat insane, aiming at a worthy target. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Seals a serious case for Bong Joon-ho as one of the great filmmakers of all time. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) [Cynthia Erivo] deserves a better vehicle, and Harriet Tubman deserves a better biopic (and to be on the $20 bill). Instead, Harriet is what we're stuck with. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is a trip, a harrowing journey into the minds of two men who drive each other insane while locked up together with the weather raging outside. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) It's no great shakes, but it is more compelling than you'd probably expect from a movie about warring 19th-century business interests. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
64% The Day Shall Come (2019) While foreigners sometimes see a country's flaws better than that country's natives do, that's not the case here. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
93% Monos (2019) It's a disquietingly strange and satisfying aesthetic experience in its own right. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) This exercise isn't deep, nor does it have the stylistic flourishes from Miike's most memorable films, but if you're looking for a violent romp, you won't go wrong with First Love. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is supposed to be about how we all need other people, but when those people are so boring, they seem more dispensable. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) [Writer-director Lorene] Scafaria does well with the sense that the wheels are coming off the strippers' enterprise, but it's the acting that makes this part of the film, with Wu and Lopez making an assured comedy team. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [Jillian Bell] deserves her own showcase and delivers on the laughs here, especially in the scenes between Brittany and her running pals. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) I felt sorry for these actors, except for Hader, who emerges unscathed by injecting some badly needed comic relief. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) In the end, [Clare's] act of storytelling is mirrored in the film itself, a woman showing us that rape and murder are the ashes upon which our gleaming civilization is built. It's up to us to be strong enough to look. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
87% Ne Zha (2019) Strange and funny enough to recommend on its own. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) One way to make the slasher-movie heroine role more interesting is to make her funny, and both the Happy Death Day films and Ready or Not have been able to do that. I say, let's have more. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
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
89% 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
98% The Farewell (2019) Careful but pleasingly odd little film. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
84% 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
84% 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
53% 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
60% 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
88% 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
55% 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
97% 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