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Melissa Rauch introduces her new training diet in The Bronze.

Tumbling Run

Hope springs eternal (and curses even more) in The Bronze.
Kristian Lin
I don’t watch The Big Bang Theory, so I was unfamiliar with Melissa Rauch before I saw her lead performance in The Bronze, which earns the mild distinction of being the best movie ever about gymnastics. As foul-mouthed as thi...


Jennifer Garner opens up about her faith in "Miracles from Heaven."

Child of God

Miracles from Heaven does poorly by a Burleson family.
Kristian Lin
The title Miracles from Heaven has already made up your mind whether you’re going to see this movie or not. If you subscribe to that particular strain of Christian belief that God actively intervenes in our daily lives and pe...



Mary Elizabeth Winstead finds herself in a concrete prison in "10 Cloverfield Lane."

Bonus Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Kristian Lin
The headline on the Guardian‘s review of 10 Cloverfield Lane reads “more Hitchcock than Xbox.” I like the British newspaper, but this isn’t one of their better headlines. It engages in a glib comparison ...


Come on, England! Sacha Baron Cohen and his fellow yobs watch the big game in The Brothers Grimsby.

Grim and Grimmer

Sacha Baron Cohen flails drunkenly in The Brothers Grimsby.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve heard anything about The Brothers Grimsby, it’s probably that the movie has a joke in which Donald Trump contracts AIDS. Supposedly the studio that’s putting out the film (Sony) has been trying to bury the Ameri...



Géza Röhrig is a Jewish man on a mission in "Son of Saul."

Buried Child

The Oscar-winning Son of Saul makes the Holocaust freshly horrifying.
Kristian Lin
If you’ve seen a few too many uninspired Holocaust dramas like I have, you might start to think that the subject is played out and that there’s no way to tell this chapter of history differently. Son of Saul manages to brin...


Judy and Nick wait patiently for the sloths at the DMV to do their work in Zootopia.

The Hop Cop

That rabbit is dynamite! Zootopia’s cuddly exterior hides some thorny issues.
Kristian Lin
I must admit that for a Disney animated film about an adorable little bunny rabbit, Zootopia proved harder to shake off than I expected. I should have taken a closer look at the behind-the-scenes talent involved in this, but th...



Tina Fey reports on the latest from a war-torn region in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."

Unbreakable Kimmy Baker

Tina Fey goes to a war zone in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Kristian Lin
I hate to keep harping on the subject of whitewashing, but Hollywood keeps shoving it back in my face. One of the major supporting characters in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an Afghan named Fahim, a former doctor who’s now workin...


Sandy Powell’s costumes for Carol were some of the year’s best.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
I’m joining the Oscar boycott this year. It’s partly out of sympathy with #OscarsSoWhite, but it’s mostly because I don’t think any of the major categories are going to be won by movies I care about. So I’d like to th...



Lin Yun receives her, uh, swimming orders in "The Mermaid."

Bonus Film Review: The Mermaid

Kristian Lin
Big movies tend to come out in the Far East around Chinese New Year, and the recent festivities included the likes of Kung Fu Panda 3. However, that movie and everything else got swamped by The Mermaid, an action-comedy that be...


A blood-spattered Anya Taylor-Joy looks to Hell for guidance in The Witch.

Peek-a-Boo

Oh, damn! The Witch is 2016’s first great horror movie.
Kristian Lin
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve just run across the first genuinely Satanic movie of my life. Lots of horror flicks traffic in mere demonic trappings and symbols and Latin phrases. The Witch, however, truly feels like it was touch...