Fort Worth Weekly

Fort Worth Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chase Whale, Kristian M. Lin
Rating Title/Year Author
Swallow (2019) Chase Whale An eerily atmospheric first two acts that David Lynch would certainly enjoy, but the film chokes on the final act, resulting in a forgettable movie that could and should have devoured the horror genre whole. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
The Traitor (2019) Kristian M. Lin A fine mobster movie that comes at this hoary genre from a fresh angle. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Kristian M. Lin This visual stylization makes this Jane Austen adaptation more akin to the great Clueless than to more straightforward adaptations, and makes this into a bright directorial debut. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Kristian M. Lin This is the most powerful movie about domestic abuse in the last 88 years. We should act accordingly. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
Seberg (2019) Kristian M. Lin Different parts of this movie feel like they're taken from different movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Kristian M. Lin [Filmmakers Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz] know that the demons running loose in the human heart and especially the brain are enough to create terror of the soul. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Kristian M. Lin One of Scorsese's masterworks. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) Kristian M. Lin Baumbach is an expert farceur. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Clemency (2019) Kristian M. Lin I myself have found the film itself falling short of the hype, despite its felicities and its lead performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Kristian M. Lin Watching it makes me feel like I've been hit with one of those confetti canisters. I could stand being hit again. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
1917 (2019) Kristian M. Lin It's a war film for fans of Downton Abbey. As such, it works splendidly. That doesn't make 1917 a great film. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
In Fabric (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Little Women (2019) Kristian M. Lin I must admit that Greta Gerwig's new version of Louisa May Alcott's novel is potent stuff. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Kristian M. Lin It's remarkable in many ways, and yet undoubtedly it got on my nerves. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Waves (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Kristian M. Lin For the record, I rate the current Charlie's Angels as better than its predecessors from the early 2000s. Just not by very much. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Kristian M. Lin Perhaps this movie's greatest accomplishment is reminding us what a great actor Banderas is. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Kristian M. Lin It's the sort of failure worth saluting, ambitious, somewhat insane, aiming at a worthy target. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Parasite (2019) Kristian M. Lin Seals a serious case for Bong Joon-ho as one of the great filmmakers of all time. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Harriet (2019) Kristian M. Lin [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. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
The Current War (2017) Kristian M. Lin It's no great shakes, but it is more compelling than you'd probably expect from a movie about warring 19th-century business interests. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Day Shall Come (2019) Kristian M. Lin While foreigners sometimes see a country's flaws better than that country's natives do, that's not the case here. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Monos (2019) Kristian M. Lin It's a disquietingly strange and satisfying aesthetic experience in its own right. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
First Love (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Chase Whale Anton was robbed of a long life and prestigious career, but Price paints a beautiful portrait of him that ensures Yelchin's cinematic legacy will not be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Kristian M. Lin Ad Astra is supposed to be about how we all need other people, but when those people are so boring, they seem more dispensable. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Kristian M. Lin [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. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Kristian M. Lin [Jillian Bell] deserves her own showcase and delivers on the laughs here, especially in the scenes between Brittany and her running pals. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Kristian M. Lin I felt sorry for these actors, except for Hader, who emerges unscathed by injecting some badly needed comic relief. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Ne Zha (2019) Kristian M. Lin Strange and funny enough to recommend on its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Kristian M. Lin Careful but pleasingly odd little film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Rafiki (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Kristian M. Lin More than anything, [Jessie Buckley's] the reason why Wild Rose feels like an old song heard with fresh ears. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Kristian M. Lin It's just more animation and not necessarily better. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Kristian M. Lin Director Michael Dowse does have a talent for escalating mayhem. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Chase Whale Spider-Man: Far From Home has a major problem: It cannot let the Iron Man franchise go. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019