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Amira-Sam

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Amira & Sam (NR) Martin Starr stars in this comedy as a U.S. Army veteran who falls in love with an Iraqi woman (Dina Shababi). Also with Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, Ross Marquand, Taylor Wilcox, and David Rasche. (Op...


CAKE

Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
You may have heard the whispers about a movie called Cake that stars Jennifer Aniston and played at the Toronto Film Festival. The lead actress scored a Golden Globe nomination and campaigned hard for an Oscar nod, and the movi...



A Most Violent Year.

Hard Winter

Oscar Isaac is Oscar-worthy in the crime thriller A Most Violent Year.
KRISTIAN LIN
The discontent over this year’s Oscars has been all about the overwhelming whiteness of the nominees. Most of that discontent has coalesced around Selma, for excellent reason. Still, what about A Most Violent Year, which open...


Cake opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cake (R) Jennifer Aniston stars in this drama as a disfigured woman who becomes obsessed with the suicide of one of the other patients in her chronic-pain support group. Also with Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza, Mami...



Life in the Israeli army has Dana Ivgy considering suicide by staple gun in Zero Motivation.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies — some brilliant, some not — from 2014.
KRISTIAN LIN
Just like last January, I find myself having watched a bunch of movies from the previous 12 months that I found intriguing but didn’t have a chance to write about in these pages. Since I didn’t get a chance to review any of...


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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blackhat (R) Chris Hemsworth stars in Michael Mann’s thriller as a convicted hacker who’s released from prison to help catch a cyber-terrorist. Also with Viola Davis, Tang Wei, William Mapother, John Ortiz, Wang Le...



Steve Carell holds forth on the importance of coaches as American leaders in Foxcatcher.

Takedown

Foxcatcher grapples with American manhood and a true-life crime.
KRISTIAN LIN
After billionaire wrestling benefactor John du Pont was arrested in 1989 for murdering coach and former Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, the police announced that du Pont would be given a mental evaluation. In his Tonight Sh...


Bradley Cooper takes aim in "American Sniper."

Firing Blind

The truth is kept offscreen in American Sniper.
KRISTIAN LIN
It has become a depressingly familiar ritual during awards season: movies based on real-life events being picked apart by professional trolls and op-ed writers. With the prestige pictures comes the carping. The Imitation Game d...



Predestination opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Predestination (R) Ethan Hawke stars in this thriller as a time-traveling cop trying to catch the one criminal who has eluded him throughout time. Also with Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Cate Wolfe, and Alexis Fernandez. M...


Black lives matter: David Oyelowo (back row, center) leads a nonviolent protest in Selma.

Infinite Hope

Selma: Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King.
KRISTIAN LIN
I always write with one eye on how history will judge the movies I’m writing about. From that standpoint, I have a sneaking suspicion that Selma will look a bit square and conventional in 20 years. Right now, though, coming a...