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Ryan Gosling recovers from another bad night in The Nice Guys.

Nice Guys: Black Humor

Ryan Gosling has never been funnier than in this ’70s crime thriller.
Kristian Lin
Shane Black famously wrote the script for Lethal Weapon while still in his early 20s and then spent the better part of a decade wandering in the wilderness and suffering from a monumental case of writer’s block. He came back ...


Chuck, Red, and Bomb get ready to battle green pigs in The Angry Birds Movie.

Angry Birds: Red Mist

Don’t take a flier on this cynical, sloppy movie.
Kristian Lin
Movies based on video games continue to earn their wretched reputation, and I’m afraid The Angry Birds Movie won’t do anything to change that. This animated film is, of course, based on the highly popular and enormously enj...



Nikki Lee Hinson and Michael Gans in the trailer for "The Intangible Truth of Chance Malloy."

In Love With Love

Fort Worth’s Michael Gans comes back from hiatus to film his first feature.
Kristian Lin
Michael Gans saw his future in film when he was in his early teens, after seeing Grand Canyon, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1991 drama telling the interlocking stories of people living in Los Angeles. “It was such a great conversation...


Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons have a romantic moment on a West Coast beach in The Meddler.

Helicopter Parenting

Susan Sarandon tries to be a less smothering mother in The Meddler.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago in my review of Hello, My Name Is Doris, I wrote about the slight uptick we’re seeing in movies made as vehicles for older actresses. Susan Sarandon hasn’t been hurting for work at any point since she won he...



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Collateral Damages

The Avengers disassemble in their best movie yet, Captain America: Civil War.
Kristian Lin
The hype over Captain America: Civil War has been washing over us from the fan conventions and the parts of Europe where the movie has already opened. People who snagged an early look at this superhero flick are saying that it...


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Chinese Ghost Story

Andrew Lloyd Webber couldn’t save the failed Phantom of the Theatre.
Kristian Lin
By now I’ve seen horror films worth taking seriously from many different corners of eastern Asia, but mainland China is a notable exception. It’s not for lack of trying, either. Chinese movies are full of ghosts and witches...



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Boys in the Band

Sing Street: For anyone who loves music, Ireland, or the 1980s.
Kristian Lin
It’s official: John Carney is making the best movie musicals anywhere in the world. The Irishman burst onto the scene with his Oscar-winning 2007 debut Once and his 2014 American follow-up Begin Again. His autobiographical la...


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The End of the Tour

Punk rockers battle neo-Nazis in the harrowing Green Room.
Kristian Lin
Jeremy Saulnier’s superb low-budget revenge thriller Blue Ruin made my list of 2014’s best films, but its scant distribution kept mass audiences from seeing it. His follow-up Green Room is opening on many more screens this ...



Zoey Deutch and Blake Jenner adjust to college life in Everybody Wants Some!!

Before the Semester

Richard Linklater scores again with the charming Everybody Wants Some!!
Kristian Lin
Now that Boyhood finally made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acknowledge that Richard Linklater exists, the filmmaker is back to his old familiar grounds with yet another largely plotless ensemble comedy abou...


Tom Hanks dresses for business and not the weather in "A Hologram for the King."

Mirage

A Hologram for the King is a tourism ad for a repressive dictatorship.
Kristian Lin
An inoffensive movie unless you think about it, A Hologram for the King begins with Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) on a flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A former Schwinn bicycle executive who lost most of his money to the 2008 recession ...