Film Reviews

Stylin’

KRISTIAN LIN
Chris Rock explains the premise of Good Hair right at the beginning. While photographs of his two young daughters fill the screen, he says, “Even though I tell them that they’re beautiful every single day, it just i...


Astro Bore

STEVE STEWARD
There’s a part in the 2004 Disney/Pixar hit The Incredibles when super-human boy-speedster Dash catches himself accidentally running on water. As any 10-year-old would, he cackles with genuine glee. This is long after he ...



To the Max

JIMMY FOWLER
What you’ll probably notice about writer-director Spike Jonze’s long-anticipated Where the Wild Things Are is that a lot is missing: cheap pop-culture references, self-conscious meta jokes about children’s mov...


Ballin’ Buddies

STEVE STEWARD
The first time you see NBA star LeBron James in More Than a Game,  he’s a grinning, gawky pre-teen, which is sort of endearing. Then you see that same awkward-looking kid dunk.



Warr at Home

KRISTIAN LIN
Clive Owen seems to be out to prove that he can be more than just Mr. Rugged British Action Star. He lightened up successfully in the under-appreciated Duplicity last spring, and now in The Boys Are Back he softens further into...


Cheapers Creepers

STEVE PALOPLI
Writer-director Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity has been labeled “the next Blair Witch Project” – meaning, essentially, horror’s new runaway phenomenon – and judging from audience reactions a...



Nickel and Dimed

KRISTIAN LIN
George W. Bush is out of office. Healthcare reform is on track to be enacted. So what do you do if you’re Michael Moore? You take on the whole gosh-darned system, as we can see in his latest essay film, Capitalism: A Love...


Night of the Laughing Dead

KRISTIAN LIN
Remember two weeks ago when I said Jennifer’s Body was the funniest horror movie since Shaun of the Dead? I was too quick on the trigger. Zombieland bears a much stronger resemblance to Edgar Wright’s 2004 gem. Then...



Bride of Quietness

KRISTIAN LIN
I saw Bright Star a month ago and was bored by it, but the rapturous reviews Jane Campion’s biographical drama has been receiving in other quarters made me go back last week and see it again. Sure enough, a second viewing...


That Hamilton Woman

KRISTIAN LIN
Older viewers will remember George Hamilton as a maximally tanned, minimally talented Hollywood actor whose fame in the 1970s and ’80s was completely out of proportion to anything he actually did on the screen. (The high ...