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Colin Firth and Jude Law toil over a big novel in "Genius."

Cry Wolfe

A stone, a leaf, an unfound drama exist in the literary biopic Genius.
Kristian Lin
Genius is a movie about Thomas Wolfe. I don’t mean the 1960s journalist who coined the term “radical chic.” That writer became known as Tom to avoid confusion with the Thomas Wolfe who wrote novels in the 1930s and was, i...


A card trick goes awry for Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2.

Presto!

Now You See Me 2: For their next trick, these magicians improve on the original.
COLE WILLIAMS
Back in 2013, Now You See Me was seen by audiences as a nice surprise and by critics as largely flashy but empty sleight of hand. Though I love it when audiences disagree with critics and make up their own minds, I didn’t car...



Edgar Garcia and Luis Guzman pose as drug kingpins in Puerto Ricans in Paris.

Tour de Francia

Puerto Ricans in Paris: Latino entertainment needs to be better.
Kristian Lin
Do I really need to say at this point that American movies have failed Latino audiences? Well, yes, actually. After all, what may be painfully obvious to you and me is not obvious at all to a great many other people, especially...


Colin Farrell leads Rachel Weisz through a harsh wilderness in The Lobster.

All the Single People

’Tis the voice of The Lobster, a singular and very weird comedy about love.
Kristian Lin
However much is wrong with American capitalism, it could be worse. Just look at Greece, where mismanagement has led to mass unemployment, falling income, and crushing debt. Out of the hopelessness and misery has sprung a great ...



Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Matthias Schoenaerts find trouble in paradise in "A Bigger Splash."

Death Pool

The Italian erotic thriller A Bigger Splash delivers a nasty kick.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw I Am Love, the 2010 romantic tragedy that introduced many Americans to the Sicilian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. His follow-up feature is A Bigger Splash, a remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 thriller La piscine, whic...


Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale (foreground) scheme to make a good match in Love & Friendship.

Suddenly Susan

I love Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation to treasure.
Kristian Lin
I come to you this week as a Whit Stillman fan. There may not be that many of us, but our passion for his sophisticated comedies of manners runs deep. You can spot us rather easily, as we tend to be middle-to-upper-class and aw...



Michael Fassbender makes the metal fly in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Apocalypse: Four Horsemen

Bryan Singer finally loses the plot in his fourth X-Men film.
Kristian Lin
Just a few weeks after I praised Captain America: Civil War for going away from the “all-powerful baddie trying to destroy the world” model of blockbuster film, now comes X-Men: Apocalypse, which falls into that very same t...


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...