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Child of God opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Child of God (R) James Franco directs, writes, and co-stars in this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel about a man (Scott Haze) who tries to exist outside the social order. Also with Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack,...


Patricia Arquette reads one of the Harry Potter books to Ellar Coltrane early in Boyhood.

12 Years a Child

Richard Linklater plays the long game in the remarkable Boyhood.
KRISTIAN LIN
Bless him, Richard Linklater has never been afraid to experiment with the medium of cinema. The revolving protagonists of Slacker, the deliberate formlessness of Dazed and Confused, the episodic quasi-monologues of Waking Life,...



(Clockwise from top) Groot, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Rocket, and Chris Pratt are an unlikely bunch of Guardians of the Galaxy.

All You Need Is Quill

Guardians of the Galaxy is the funniest Marvel Comics movie yet.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the surface of a barren, hostile, alien planet, an Earthman named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) boogies leisurely across the rocky terrain in his spacesuit, singing along to Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love.” When a small...


And So It Goes opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: And So It Goes (PG-13) Michael Douglas stars in this comedy as a self-centered man who enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when his estranged granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) is left on his doorstep. Also wi...



Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff, and Joey King emerge from a wig shop with their latest purchase in Wish I Was Here.

Tears in Tinseltown

Zach Braff is stuck in La-La Land in Wish I Was Here.
KRISTIAN LIN
I hated Garden State when it came out. I detested its cutesy preciousness, its 10-cent spiritual wisdom, its general air of being pleased with itself, its unearned oh-wow-the-world-is-so-beautiful mysticism. Despite all that, I...


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I Need Quarters

Dallas’ Jeremy Snead documents the history of video games.
KRISTIAN LIN
“Four years ago, I took my nephews and nieces to Dave & Buster’s,” said Jeremy Snead. “They were playing all the latest shooter games, and I saw this sad, neglected Donkey Kong machine over in the corner. I started ...



Boyhood opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Boyhood (R) Filmed over the course of 12 years, Richard Linklater’s drama stars Ellar Coltrane as a boy who experiences life between the ages of 5 and 17. Also with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Elijah Smith, Lorel...


Cameron Diaz tries to fulfill Jason Segal’s roller-skating fantasy in Sex Tape.

Amateur Night

A married couple’s Sex Tape gets out, and hijinks (fortunately) ensue.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m a bit puzzled by the title of Sex Tape. Does anybody still use videotape to film their sexual encounters? The sex farce by that title never really engages that question, but it does engage our sense of humor, which turns ...



Jason Clarke (foreground) tries to make peace with our new primate overlords in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Cowboys & Simians

The latest Planet of the Apes movie is a Western in a monkey suit.
KRISTIAN LIN
Don’t get me wrong. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an incredibly skilled piece of work. The latest installment in the series just underwhelmed me. Maybe that’s because the tone of the reviews suggested it was the summer...


Venus in Fur opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Venus in Fur (R) Roman Polanski directs this French-language adaptation of David Ives’ play about a theatrical director (Mathieu Amalric) who holds an audition for an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) who wants to star in...