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Quvenzhané Wallis plays with Sandy in the new Annie.

Hard Knocks

Annie: Instead of treated, we get tricked by this leaden musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
Going into the newest big-screen version of Annie, I actually had some hopes for its success. Yes, the Broadway show is a saccharine piece of work that scored a huge hit in 1977 largely because a depressed America wanted to be ...


The dwarves make a last stand at their fortress in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies."

Gold Mountain

Peter Jackson’s Hobbit saga finally winds to an exhausted end.
KRISTIAN LIN
In English soccer, when a high-priced newly signed player goes bust, opposing fans will sometimes taunt the player and his team by singing, “What a waste of money!” That’s the serenade that came to my mind when I was view...



Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG) Ben Stiller returns for this third installment as a museum security guard who must travel the world to save the secret denizens of all the museums. Also with Owen Wilson, St...


Top Five opens Friday.

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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Top Five (R) Chris Rock writes, directs, and stars in this comedy as a comedian trying to become a serious actor while his fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants to make their wedding the subject of a reality TV show. Also w...



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Roughing It

Reese Witherspoon goes Wild with this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember the first time I saw Reese Witherspoon. It was in the 1996 satirical thriller Freeway, and she was playing a juvenile delinquent who runs away from home and is pursued by a murderous pedophile. There’s a courtroom ...


Joel Edgerton and his palace are pelted by hail in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Go Down, Moses

Exodus: What’s a king to a god? What is Gods and Kings?
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood’s last big-budget adaptation of the book of Exodus, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, hit movie theaters a full 58 years ago. By contrast, it took Tinseltown only 10 years to do Spider-Man all over again. I...



Diplomacy opens Friday.

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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  Diplomacy (NR) Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) directs this drama about the real-life efforts of Swedish consul general Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) to limit the bloodshed in Nazi-occupied Paris during World...


Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones plan a long trip over wild country in The Homesman.

Eastward Bound

Tommy Lee Jones gets lost on the high plains in The Homesman.
KRISTIAN LIN
It has been nine years since Tommy Lee Jones made his directing debut with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. That acclaimed Western, which won multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival, was occasionally confused but ha...



Yes, your movie is that terrible. Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike in Hector and the Search for Happiness.

Stop Hectoring Me

A shrink’s Search for Happiness will make you sad indeed.
KRISTIAN LIN
And now, ladies and gentlemen, comes one of the year’s most insufferable movies, Hector and the Search for Happiness. Simon Pegg’s collaboration with Edgar Wright has resulted in some of the best comedies of the last 10 yea...


Foxcatcher opens Wednesday.

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Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING: Foxcatcher (R) Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs this dramatization of the relationship between wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and billionaire John DuPont (Steve Carell) that ended in murder. Also with...