Film Reviews

Double Dare

KRISTIAN LIN
Duplicity is the second film by Tony Gilroy, the longtime screenwriter who made a smashing directorial debut in 2007 with Michael Clayton. You can’t blame Gilroy for wanting to follow that up by doing something fun, espec...


French Lessons

KRISTIAN LIN
The star of The Class, François Bégaudeau isn’t a professional actor. He was a school teacher (and former rock musician) in France who became famous by writing a novel based on his experiences teaching in the cultural m...



On the Line

KRISTIAN LIN
Denton-born and -raised filmmaker and actor Laurence Maher is new to the experience of being interviewed by the press, so he thinks hard about answering questions and expresses concern over whether he’s adequately address...


We’ll Take Manhattan

KRISTIAN LIN
Reading Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel Watchmen today, it’s striking how this 1985 masterpiece has penetrated to the marrow of countless movies, TV shows, and novels about superheroes since then. Themes ...



Dogs of War

KRISTIAN LIN
The genre-busting animated documentary Waltz With Bashir was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, but last week it lost to the Japanese film Okuribito (Departures). Who knows? Maybe Yojiro Takita’s drama really ...


Mad Money

KRISTIAN LIN
Madea Goes to Jail is Tyler Perry’s seventh film as writer or director in only four years. In that short period of time, his filmmaking has shown noticeable improvement. His movies now look much better, they’re edit...



But I’m a Cheer-leader

KRISTIAN LIN
Fired Up is a comedy about cheerleading, which immediately places it in danger of being overshadowed. The makers of this film find a creative way to acknowledge the 800-pound cheerleading movie in the room by having its charact...


Compañero

KRISTIAN LIN
The prospect of a four-and-a-half hour film about Ernesto “Ché” Guevara is enough to make everyone quail except unreconstructed Latin American Communists and the hardiest cinephiles. This is true even though itR...



Financial Times

KRISTIAN LIN
It’s easy to read too much into the similarities between a movie and the moment that it comes out. Two markedly different movies out this week – Confessions of a Shopaholic and The International – seem to spea...


Eye Popper

KRISTIAN LIN
For Hollywood this year, 3-D filmmaking seems to be the new old wave. At least 12 more 3-D movies are slated to hit our theaters before next January, including Pixar’s Up, DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens,...