Kristian M. Lin

Kristian M. Lin
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T-Meter Title | Year
80% 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
92% 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
72% 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
64% 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
90% 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
94% 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
92% 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
92% 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
78% 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
69% 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
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
73% 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
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
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
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
66% 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
37% 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
87% 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
89% 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
82% 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
92% 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