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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

The crowd goes wild, but maybe you had to be there.
STEVE STEWARD
Is comedian Kevin Hart big enough to fill Madison Square Garden? Because I honestly had no idea who he was until I saw his mockumentary, Let Me Explain, at which point I thought, “Oh, he’s the guy who kicked Aziz Ansari in ...


Michael Polley goes to work as an actor while his daughter Sarah looks on in Stories We Tell.

Lies My Mother Told Me

Sarah Polley’s meta-documentary asks how we tell the Stories We Tell.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sarah Polley was the It Girl of independent cinema in the late 1990s. The small, serious, fiercely intelligent native of Toronto was still a teenager when she gave unignorable performances in films such as The Sweet Hereafter, ...



Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer try to catch up with the bad guys’ train car in The Lone Ranger.

Ay! Oh, Silver!

The Lone Ranger trips over its ambitions and goes flying.
KRISTIAN LIN
The most fascinating bad movie of the summer, The Lone Ranger is out to do far more than simply revive the character created as part of a radio serial in 1933. This blockbuster aims to acknowledge the genocide of Native America...


Gru tries to get his minions back to work in Despicable Me 2.

Gru Some More

The minions and their gags walk off with Despicable Me 2.
KRISTIAN LIN
Most of the creative personnel from Despicable Me have carried over to the sequel, Despicable Me 2, so we shouldn’t be surprised to find this second adventure to be more of the same. Like the $250 million hit from two years a...



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Larry Stanley Returns Home

A Fort Worth filmmaker tries to balance faith and fun.
KRISTIAN LIN
Larry Stanley is an avowed Christian whose religion informs his filmmaking, but he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a Christian filmmaker. “I don’t want to be backed into a corner,” said the Fort Worth resident who tur...


Amy Acker (under counter) hides from her friends’ conversation about her love life in Much Ado About Nothing.

Malibu Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing: the best romantic comedy of 2013 (and 1598).
KRISTIAN LIN
The story instantly passed into legend among both comic book geeks and theater geeks: After wrapping shooting on The Avengers in 2011, Joss Whedon was supposed to go on a two-week vacation in Italy with his family. Instead, wit...



“I want to lead a country one day, for all I know.” Emma Watson holds court in The Bling Ring.

Louboutins

Meet the world’s shallowest girls in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t give a crap about women’s shoes, yet there is a shot of Paris Hilton’s shoe closet, about halfway through The Bling Ring, that made me go slack-jawed. This is what a vastly talented filmmaker like Sofia Coppola ca...


Sulley and Mike face off in front of a frat house (and an appreciative monster audience) in Monsters University.

Learn From the Monsters

Pixar is back in force with this prequel to Monsters, Inc.
KRISTIAN LIN
Early in Pixar’s latest movie, Monsters University, Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) steps onto the campus of his college for the first time as a student and takes a deep breath. It’s a simple moment, and it’s done...



Henry Cavill presents himself to the United States military in Man of Steel.

Man and Superman

Man of Steel makes the superhero’s story weird (and that’s good).
KRISTIAN LIN
The first time we get a good look at Superman in Man of Steel, he’s a bearded dude (Henry Cavill) in a rain slicker working on a commercial fishing vessel, doing his best to hide his identity until a group of oil rig workers ...


Brit Marling is geared up to live off the land in The East.

A Star in The East

Get to know Brit Marling with this tense political thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Arriving in local theaters this week, The East is not only as good a thriller as you’ll find right now but also the latest chapter in the incredible true story of Brit Marling. The cool, slender, sensual-lipped blonde had wal...