Film Reviews

Rinsing Out the Dead

KRISTIAN LIN
Would I sound too much like a hack if I said the main problem with Sunshine Cleaning was that it was too tidy? I’m sorry to make a joke like that while reviewing a movie about janitors (albeit highly specialized and train...


Spectral Imagery

KRISTIAN LIN
Adventureland isn’t the only movie set in 1987 in our theaters right now. The second one is The Haunting in Connecticut, and even though its terrors are weak and in many cases laughable, the film pulled in unexpectedly la...



A Walk in the Park

KRISTIAN LIN
After Greg Mottola’s striking 1996 filmmaking debut with his comedy The Daytrippers, moviegoers heard no more from the director until two years ago when he was tapped to direct Superbad.


Prepare for the End (Credits)

KRISTIAN LIN
The artistic decline of Nicolas Cage isn’t news any more, so how about the artistic decline of Alex Proyas? The Egyptian-born, Australian-raised director was in his 30s when he captured the moviegoing public’s imagi...



Creature Feature

KRISTIAN LIN
Your dose of cartoon escapism for this week: Monsters vs. Aliens. Between my reviews of Coraline last month and Journey to the Center of the Earth last summer, I’ve pretty much exhausted my thoughts for now on the new cra...


Popular Man Date

KRISTIAN LIN
You might mistake the slight, raunchy, thoroughly charming I Love You, Man for one of Judd Apatow’s movies, especially since it stars two actors who’ve worked for him extensively in the past. In fact, Apatow is neit...



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 BĂ©gaudeau 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 ...