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Film Reviews

Adolescent Dramas

Two Olivers and one George come of age in these offbeat indie flicks.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s never a shortage of films about coming of age. Everyone comes of age, after all, and such films can often be done cheaply, like the three low-budget independent movies we’re reviewing this week. Two of them are wort...


Super 8: Lights, Camera, Alien!

This monster movie shows J.J. Abrams’ remarkable talent – and a few flaws.
KRISTIAN LIN
I hate to be the dissenting voice on a movie everybody else seems to love, especially when I don’t think the movie’s bad at all. Super 8 is the first film J.J. Abrams has directed that’s from an original story rather than...



Mr. Popper’s Penguins Flop

Could the arctic birds – and not Jim Carrey – explain this movie’s downfall?
COLE SMITHEY
Loosely based on Florence Atwater’s 1938 children’s book of the same name, Mr. Popper’s Penguins never completely gels. But that doesn’t stop Jim Carrey from using everything in his arsenal of comic physicality to keep ...


Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

The iconic filmmaker’s latest is a valentine to the City of Light.
COLE WILLIAMS
So I’ve now seen two Woody Allen movies, the first being 1973’s Sleeper. I saw that when I was in high school, when the film was already nearly two decades old. The second is his latest, Midnight in Paris, and I can tell I...



Potiche Power

Even the mighty Catherine Deneuve can’t charm her way out of this French farce.
COLIN BOYD
Between them, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, the stars of Potiche, have a whopping four wins and 27 nominations for the César Awards, France’s version of the Oscars. In fact, Deneuve’s 11th nomination was for her...


Superpowers Falter in the New X-Men

This reboot is just good enough in spots to disappoint you.
KRISTIAN LIN
Well, crap. I had such high hopes for X-Men: First Class. The fifth entry in this loosely connected series features the return of Bryan Singer, the filmmaker behind the excellent first two X-Men movies, as a story writer and pr...



The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
KRISTIAN LIN
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...


Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
STEVE STEWARD
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...



The Beaver: Talk to the Hand

Depression has a rodent’s face in this wispy indie drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes when a star misbehaves in public, a perfectly blameless movie takes the hit. Such appears to be the case with The Beaver, an independent drama that so far has had trouble drawing viewers. The studio’s spin is that b...


Skateland: Brand New Key

This Texas-set indie drama idly spins its wheels.
KRISTIAN LIN
The makers of Skateland are all from Longview, and it was filmed mostly in Shreveport and Marshall. Texans will probably find that bit of quasi-local information more interesting than anything that happens in this earnest drama...