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
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
Midsommar (2019) Kristian M. Lin Superbly creepy. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Kristian M. Lin The shame is, the cast here would have been good enough for a straight-up adaptation of Hamlet. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Kristian M. Lin For all the movies that have been made about rock's greatest band, there isn't a lovelier tribute to them than this. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Kristian M. Lin It's a thing of mystery and wonder, and it feels like nothing else. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Kristian M. Lin Some storytelling angel presides over this series. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
American Woman (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Kristian M. Lin The Dead Don't Die doesn't break ground the way its zombies do, but the laughs it raises make it pleasant enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Late Night (2019) Kristian M. Lin Late Night is at its best when it depicts Molly's sensibility energizing Katherine's comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Kristian M. Lin The momentum from the movie's first half dwindles to nothing. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Kristian M. Lin The way Wilde stuffs funny gags into the corners and the background of the frame proves that she is a major comic talent. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Chase Whale What started as a new action movie from The Matrix star Keanu Reeves, has now turned into one of the greatest action franchises in film history. John Wick movies will be watched and talked about long after you and I are gone. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Shadow (2018) Kristian M. Lin 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. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
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
Todos lo saben (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