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
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kristian M. Lin No other movie franchise has created this sort of suspense in one film and resolved it so spectacularly in the next. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Chase Whale Delicious visuals can't save this movie from a savage cinematic death. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Kristian M. Lin Being retro is not always a good thing, but in Shazam!, it amounts to a breath of fresh, lightning-singed air. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Public (2018) Chase Whale Heartwarming and wears its big, beating heart on its sleeve. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Us (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Kristian M. Lin One of Moore's career-best performances, and I don't say that lightly. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Climax (2018) Kristian M. Lin Less talking and more dancing is a good direction for Noé to go. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Hai Phuong (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Kristian M. Lin Somehow, I feel like [Captain Marvel's] going to pound Thanos straight into the ground. I would enjoy that. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Everybody Knows (2018) Kristian M. Lin An engrossing 133-minute mystery tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Greta (2018) Kristian M. Lin The elements in Greta could add up to something special. It's just a shame that they don't quite come together. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Kristian M. Lin In Alita: Battle Angel, Rodriguez succeeds like he never has before. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Extreme Job (2019) Kristian M. Lin Aside from the mouth-watering shots of fried chicken, the movie has laughs, too. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Kristian M. Lin [A] delightful family movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Kristian M. Lin This movie gives [Regina King] the showcase she always deserved, and she responds with a performance of heroic dimensions. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Vice (2018) Kristian M. Lin The movie also has the most amazing performance of Christian Bale's career. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Kristian M. Lin Let's not mince words here: This movie is bad, so bad that I feel embarrassed. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Kristian M. Lin While Lucas Hedges is quite good here, the movie turns out to be one of the best vehicles Julia Roberts has had in years. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kristian M. Lin This is easily the studio's best outing, turning the well-worn comic-book superhero story into a psychedelically funny adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Unstoppable (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Kristian M. Lin Free Solo is sublime - its reality is so awesome that it dwarfs you. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Widows (2018) Kristian M. Lin My first thought is, Geez, why did no one think to give Davis her own movie until now? EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Kristian M. Lin Unfortunately, the director and his co-writers are helpless in the face of the spy plot in Lagercrantz' novel, despite some serious pruning. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Kristian M. Lin [Director Marielle] Heller has the best quality a filmmaker can have: the ability to direct actors. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Kristian M. Lin Suspiria is a nightmare told in great spurts of blood across black canvases and great slashing movements by its dancers. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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? EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
First Man (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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? EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Kristian M. Lin Better yet, this disreputably entertaining thriller makes us see everybody involved in a new light. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
Mandy (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Predator (2018) Kristian M. Lin There are simply too many moving parts in this story for Black to handle. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
Searching (2018) Kristian M. Lin This movie works best as a showcase for Cho. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018) Kristian M. Lin The writing here is strong enough to make Juliet, Naked into a pleasing late-summer trifle. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
The Little Stranger (2018) Kristian M. Lin The only truly scary bit comes when Mrs. Ayres is locked in a long-empty child's nursery and assailed by sounds and voices without any visible source. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Papillon (2017) Kristian M. Lin Whether you're looking to this as a prison-break film, a psychological study, or a platonic romance, Papillon turns into a well-meaning slog. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Kristian M. Lin That status quo needs blowing up, and if Crazy Rich Asians can do that, great. For now, I'll settle for its well-heeled charms and the prospect of seeing some of these actors again in bigger roles. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Kristian M. Lin Rhetorical excess is another feature of Lee's filmmaking, and this movie is no exception... These are negligible flaws, though, compared with the superb ensemble acting, another hallmark of Lee's filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kristian M. Lin The Spy Who Dumped Me makes me hope to see this pairing again, in a film better suited to them. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Kristian M. Lin Burnham captures that teenage feeling you get that the world is a hopeless pit of despair, and at the same time he shows that it doesn't have to be. Summer is always just around the corner. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018