Kristian M. Lin

Kristian M. Lin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
89% The Green Knight (2021) The weirdness of Lowery's vision might be frighteningly unfamiliar, but it's probably the way to adapt a text that's more than 600 years old, imparting a primal force to this legendary tale. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
74% Stillwater (2021) Ultimately, Stillwater is meant to be a film about how living in a foreign location changes a person. Had it stuck to that, it might have been really good. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
38% Joe Bell (2021) Joe Bell suffers from a lack of a dramatic point, but that flaw is worse with this movie, because it's trying to convey a message and loses it. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
96% I Carry You with Me (2021) Elliptical and lyrical, a Proustian meditation on the lingering power of memory to shape our futures. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
97% Pig (2021) Pig ends up as less a revenge thriller and more of a food film, and in addition to being among the best of such films, it is definitely the strangest and most strangely moving one you're likely to see. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) The movie is the best blockbuster so far this summer, and it's a proudly female one. That's not nothing. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
88% Zola (2021) Bravo has undeniable talent behind the camera, but her first effort can't live up to its source. Call me old-fashioned, but a movie should be more exciting than reading a bunch of tweets. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
59% F9 (2021) You might have thought that bringing back Han was a sign that the series was jumping the shark. It still might do that, but for the moment, F9 remains fresh and enjoyable for the series' fans. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) If you want an appetizer for that movie or simply want to add some sophisticated songs to your playlist, The Sparks Brothers will do for you. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) She's an inspiration to us all. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
97% Shiva Baby (2021) I do wish there had been more of a payoff to all this... Even with all this, [filmmaker Emma] Seligman's dexterity, technical chops, and ability to evoke shpilkes for laughs in Shiva Baby make her a comic talent to watch out for. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) If somehow you haven't taken in Miranda's stage musical Hamilton, this is a prime opportunity to witness his astonishing gift for words and music. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
48% Spirit Untamed (2021) Spirit Untamed feels like something that was thrown together when the original property suddenly became hot again. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) John Krasinski's command of suspense has grown sharper yet. This is a worthy successor to the horror hit. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) The show belongs to Stone, who is a bracing presence from the moment she first appears, adjusting her red wig in a mirror. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
88% Dream Horse (2021) Just too much like other sports dramas. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
95% Riders of Justice (2021) [A] thoughtful and subversive thriller. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) The movie that comes out this week has more sophisticated ideas in its head than its predecessors. Trouble is, it needed more. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Yeah, it's comforting to see Jason Statham back in action, all right. I just wish it had been more fun. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) The directors, who are also the cinematographers on this project, produce breathtaking shots of the rolling Piedmontese hills. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
100% Slalom (2021) This movie represents something necessary in a country where the film establishment still gives awards to Roman Polanski and filmmakers - female filmmakers! - still proclaim Harvey Weinstein as a hero. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
78% In The Earth (2021) In the Earth is a good chance to take in [Ben Wheatley's] perverse brand of artistry. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) [Director Adam Wingard] adapts to this big canvas without any strain. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
62% French Exit (2021) The proceedings are handled with a light touch by Azazel Jacobs, the director of low-key charmers like Terri and The Lovers. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) Odenkirk's presence at the center of this action-thriller makes it into an intriguing novelty. It could have been more, though. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) Despite a satisfying final meeting between Greville and Oleg, it gives us little that we haven't seen in other such films. That's disappointing, but The Courier still draws an engaging portrait of two men who avert a nuclear war. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
98% The Father (2021) It's a neat conceit. The trouble is, it stops there. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) I have to say that if the film falls short of my expectations, it's still a unique piece of work that's easily the best thing to take the kids to if you're craving a night out at the movies. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) While it's perhaps best appreciated by people who like her music (she states in the movie that she doesn't like to call them "fans"), it's a decent intro for newcomers like me. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
88% Marvelous and the Black Hole (2020) A testament to director Kate Tsang and the incredible work that she did in bringing this story to life. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Hampton's intelligence, charisma, and commitment to fiery life in Judas and the Black Messiah, and this character's presence resonates more than ever now. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) [Chloe] Zhao, like Kelly Reichardt (whose Wendy and Lucy is spiritual kin to this film), has a knack for gazing on the deeds of marginalized people with the greatest delicacy and empathy, without turning preachy or polemical. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
98% Minari (2020) [Youn Yuh-jung] creates an indelible impression here as a grandparent with a uniquely peppery approach to kindness and compassion. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) [Filmmaker] Rose Glass has Darren Aronofsky's ability to crawl inside her protagonist's messed-up head and plunge us mercilessly into a nightmare without giving us any time to catch our breath - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Earwig and the Witch is wifty and lacking in the gravitas of the best anime films, but I found myself sitting still and paying attention for the duration. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
89% Supernova (2021) The raw honesty here comes too late to make Supernova into a good movie, yet it does provide a reason to see the film. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) The performances of these actors are more than reason enough to see One Night in Miami. So is the appearance of a director to watch. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
95% Soul (2020) I can say that when it works, it's amazing stuff. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) This is a sparkling debut feature from Emerald Fennell. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [An] uneven film that nevertheless improves considerably on the previous DC comic book movies. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
80% I'm Your Woman (2020) [Julia] Hart would be perfect behind the camera the next time an A-list actress is in the mood to headline an action thriller. Let's hope that her steadily building body of work gives her that chance. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) The star power in this musical promises an event, and it winds up being one in too many of the wrong ways. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Davis cannily underplays, issuing her demands and edicts about running the band from a drunken haze that she can snap out of without warning... Even so, your eyes are ineluctably drawn to Boseman's Levee. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) Queering such a hoary and traditionalist genre is a radical move that only works if Happiest Season is actually funny. I'm delighted to say that in this barren year for comedy films, this is one of the funniest things I've seen. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is a film specially made for people who can't hear... That's not the only way in which this film is remarkable, either. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) A funny and perspicacious look at what a drag your best friend can be. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
86% Martin Eden (2020) Where Martin Eden occasionally goes fuzzy, Marinelli's performance gives the movie its backbone as it tells the story of a provocateur who loses his grip when society becomes used to him. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) Freaky may not repay repeated viewings, but as comic horror movies go, it's a modest treat. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) Too often, Ammonite feels like one of its main character's relics trapped under glass. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
84% Let Him Go (2020) Without much flair for visuals, the director is miscast in Let Him Go, which is what regrettably takes the film down. - Fort Worth Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020