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Film Reviews

Legal Eagle: The Conspirator

James McAvoy shines in this 19th-century legal thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even though it has a bigger budget and higher production values than most of the entries at the Sundance Film Festival, the historical legal drama The Conspirator is still Robert Redford’s first independent film as a director...


Blame It on Rio

A rare parrot takes flight, but his movie never does.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jesse Eisenberg has carved out quite the career so far, one made even more impressive by the fact that he has such a tiny, high-pitched voice. Such a voice might constrict the roles offered to an actor, but Eisenberg hasn’t l...



Hanna and the Company

This teenager and her action thriller confuse me.
KRISTIAN LIN
Our action thrillers right now seem to be awash in young girls who are stone cold killers. The odd British entry Hanna is the latest of the bunch, coming after the flawed but unfairly maligned Sucker Punch and last year’s Kic...


Win Win Loses Half the Battle

I hate to take down this wrestling movie, but here goes…
KRISTIAN LIN
By all rights I should like Tom McCarthy’s movies much better than I do. The writer-director of low-budget dramedies The Station Agent and The Visitor has a delightful, low-key sense of humor and handles actors exceptionally ...



Source Code: Every Time I Die

Meet the great sci-fi thriller of the spring — and maybe the year.
KRISTIAN LIN
Spoiler alert: This review gives away a major plot point (but we’ll warn you again when it’s coming).


Insidious: Last House on the Left

Even though this fright goes overboard in the second half, it shines during the first.
COLE WILLIAMS
Damn, I love haunted house movies: The Haunting (the 1963 original), The Changeling, Alien (it’s a haunted house in space, OK?), you name it. I love being trapped in an enclosed, atmospheric, terrifying place. Now along comes...



Jane Eyre: Viewer, I Married Him

A crisp new version of the story lacks a certain something.
KRISTIAN LIN
A girl in petticoats and great distress runs across a fog-encrusted heath while lush orchestral music on the soundtrack speaks to the tumult in her soul. Oh yeah, we’re in Jane Eyre. Specifically, we’re at the very beginnin...


Charles Baker Changes Roles

A Fort Worth actor breaks into Hollywood without leaving town.
KRISTIAN LIN
“I refuse to live in L.A.,” Charles Baker said. It’s not something you’d expect to hear from a working actor with his sights set on Hollywood. “I’ve seen people go out there and get eaten alive. The cost of living h...



Limitless: One Pill Makes You Smarter

Get a dose of this brainy science-fiction flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
The diabolically clever science-fiction film Limitless begins with Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a wannabe New York writer who’s been creatively blocked for several years. After his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) finally cu...


Paul: Ancient Alien

Though filled with stereotypes and clichés, this road-trip buddy comedy still scores some laughs.
COLE WILLIAMS
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost go on a road trip with an alien: comedy gold, right? Well, close. Paul has a lot going for it, but it doesn’t quite reach the pinnacle of genre-comedy that the talent involved would lead you to expec...