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Due Date Past Due

Bits of hilarity aside, this Robert Downey/Zach Galifianakis road-trip movie is nothing new.
STEVE STEWARD
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: There’s this tightly wound business guy who has to get across the country to be with his family in time for an important day. Through no fault of his own, his original and totally reasonabl...


For Colored Girls: “Sing a Black Girl’s Song”

The Tyler Perry treatment mars a trailblazing play.
KRISTIAN LIN
The mere existence of For Colored Girls is encouraging, though it would be unremarkable if we lived in a better world. African-American actresses have been historically under-represented in movies, so it’s nice to have a film...



Conviction Has Courage, Lacks Craft

A true story becomes this plodding, unoriginal legal drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hilary Swank stars in Conviction as a woman who launches a more or less single-handed assault on the legal system, and this suffocating, curiously overpraised drama provides compelling evidence of her artistic decline.


Rutherford, Yager Make Changes

Two local filmmakers raise funds for their first feature.
KRISTIAN LIN
Side by side, Burt Rutherford and Tim Yager look like a mismatched comedy duo, best friends who couldn’t look any more different. The two filmmakers have known each other since attending Rowlett High School together. They lau...



Clint and Woody Have Psychic Visions

Death, too, thou shalt die in these movies by old hands.
KRISTIAN LIN
In their latest movies, Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen are thinking about the great beyond. Of course, it isn’t unusual that filmmakers aged 80 (Eastwood) and 74 (Allen) would have their minds on mortality. These particular g...


I’ve Gone Bright Red

Mark this senior citizen spy thriller as flawed but enjoyable.
KRISTIAN LIN
Plush and inoffensive, Red is based on a relatively obscure graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, but it bears very little resemblance to its source. Ellis’ bare-bones narrative and Hamner’s hard-edged illustratio...



Nowhere Boy: It’s Real Love

Aaron Johnson kicks ass as the young John Lennon.
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s mesmerizing to watch Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy. The extraordinarily pretty 20-year-old has been performing on screen since his childhood, but the native of High Wycombe, England, didn’t gain wide exposure until he p...


Driving the Limit

Pixar shifts into a lower gear and makes Cars into a leisurely scenic outing.
Kristian Lin
You could hear the tiniest stirrings of something on the internet about Cars. Not necessarily a backlash but something smaller: criticism of the movie’s trailer, saying the jokes were too cutesy and the cars with eyes in thei...



Funny Story: Rate My Zach

Galifianakis shines in an overly facile mental illness movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are people who don’t care much for Zach Galifianakis. They look at the 41-year-old standup comic — either on stage or in films like The Hangover and Dinner for Schmucks — and see a bearded slob doing cringe-worthy b...


Life As We (Don’t) Know It

Diva Katherine Heigl kicks and screams her way into a ridiculous mess.
JIMMY FOWLER
Katherine Heigl is famous, in part, for dissing the TV show and movie that made her famous. She notoriously withdrew an acting Emmy bid for Grey’s Anatomy because she thought the writing for that season was subpar. She compla...