Film Reviews
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 ...



Film 22

Strait Fighters

The record-breaking Roaring Currents depicts a hellacious battle at sea.
KRISTIAN LIN
This past weekend, the movie known in this country as The Admiral: Roaring Currents became the biggest box-office hit in South Korean history, surpassing Avatar. It also opened here at AMC Grapevine Mills, where it played to pa...


Brendan Gleeson prepares to tend to his spiritual duties in Calvary.

Crosses to Bear

Funny about a grim subject, Calvary is the year’s best religious film.
Kristian Lin
Brendan Gleeson has acted in many Hollywood and British movies, but only the filmmakers in his native Ireland seem to have really figured out how to use this actor. His hulking frame, bulbous nose, and adenoidal bark of a voice...



Jeff Bridges shows Brenton Thwaites a way out of their dystopia in The Giver.

Conceal, Don’t Feel

After 20 years, The Giver finally hits the big screen. Eh.
Kristian Lin
Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver famously took 20 years to come to the big screen, and when I caught up to it a few months ago, I could see why there might be problems in adapting it to film. Today’s science-fiction young-adult...


Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan share an umbrella in What If.

Taken

What If is the year’s best Canadian romantic comedy.
Kristian Lin
The romantic comedy What If is adapted from T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi’s play Toothpaste and Cigars. I’ve never seen the play, but somehow I get the feeling that I might have appreciated the film better if I’d seen the...