Film Reviews
His name’s on the box! Eggs prepares to lead his tribe in The Boxtrolls.

Cheese and Eggs

The Boxtrolls: Is Laika Entertainment the new Pixar?
KRISTAIN LIN
Just in time for the start of autumn comes The Boxtrolls, the first good mainstream movie of the season or indeed in what feels like ages. Of course, this stop-motion film is made by the excellent animation studio Laika Enterta...


Kristen Wiig drives Bill Hader home from the hospital in The Skeleton Twins.

Suicide Siblings

SNL clowns turn serious in the depression dramedy The Skeleton Twins.
KRISTAIN LIN
Kristen Wiig became famous for her outrageously funny performances on Saturday Night Live, but she’s shown enough by now that we shouldn’t be surprised when she gives an excellent, subtle dramatic performance. The big shock...



Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver put on their shiva faces in This Is Where I Leave You.

Shiva the Destroyer

A talented cast is left stranded by the family gags in This Is Where I Leave You.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I read Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You, I wasn’t all that impressed with it, but I figured it could be made into a funny movie with a talented cast. Now the movie version is here, and a talented cast...


Justin Long and Michael Parks conduct an initial interview before things get hairy in "Tusk."

Goo Goo G’joob

Forget The Human Centipede! Kevin Smith’s Tusk is crazier yet.
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, I’ve seen some bizarre horror movies in my time, but Tusk is definitely the strangest one of all. I’ve seen scarier ones and I’ve seen funnier ones, but the next time some horror fan asks me what’s the sickest, most...



James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy ponder a grim situation in The Drop.

The Drop: Streetlight People

The late James Gandolfini isn’t the only bright spot in this mobbed-up thriller.
STEVE STEWARD
It’s likely that the late James Gandolfini’s performance in The Drop will be lauded in tearfully hyperbolic fashion, maybe even to the point where it overshadows the movie. In all honesty, Gandolfini is pretty good — thin...


Son Ye-jin demonstrates her derring-do during a naval battle in The Pirates.

Princess of Whales

Korean outlaws provide hijinks on the high seas in The Pirates.
KRISTIAN LIN
They say that comedy can be highly culturally specific, and I can tell you it’s true after staring uncomprehendingly at the Korean movie Miss Granny earlier this year while the Korean audience around me cracked up. Still, som...



Kelly Reilly welcomes Sophie Curtis into her new school in Innocence.

The Virgin Homicides

A girl finds her high school running on pure blood in Innocence.
KRISTIAN LIN
The blandly titled Innocence is the latest in the relatively small field of horror movies in which the slasher preys on teenage virgins. One reason there are so few of these films (the cleverest of which is Jennifer’s Body) i...


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Two-Part Solo

The Identical is like Walk Hard without the jokes.
KRISTIAN LIN
What if Elvis’ twin brother had lived? The makers of The Identical aren’t the first to ask that question, but they are the first to build a movie around the idea that a 1950s rock star had a long-lost twin who watched from ...



Kang Dong-won cuts a terrifying figure in Kundo: Age of the Rampant.

End-of-Summer Roundup

These films are easily overlooked at the multiplex. Should they be?
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s the end of August, and the movie distributors are busy depositing all their odd entries in the smaller auditoriums at the AMC Grapevine Mills. So I’ve put together this handy guide to help you sort through this esoteri...


Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley jam around a campfire in If I Stay.

Wake Me Up

Chloë Grace Moretz does hospital rounds while comatose in the dull If I Stay.
KRISTIAN LIN
Chloë Grace Moretz is 17 now, and in the past four years and change, I’ve seen her play a superheroine (Kick-Ass), a vampire (Let Me In), a werewolf (Dark Shadows), and a girl who can move things with her mind (Carrie). Her ...