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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...



Let Me In: “I’ve Been 12 for a Long Time”

All the vampire movies just got their asses handed to them.
KRISTIAN LIN
The insinuating Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In took the world (including the 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival) by storm, and ever since an American remake was announced, fans of Tomas Alfredson’s origina...


I Like The Social Network

Citizen Kane meets Revenge of the Nerds. It’s ridiculously entertaining.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let me start by telling you what The Social Network isn’t, because it’s a lot of things you might not expect. First of all, it’s not really about Facebook, even though many people are calling this “the Facebook movie....



Wall Street Sequel: Gekko Insurance

A money man returns (our investment) after 23 years.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s an example of overthinking. Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 hit Wall Street is entitled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The subtitle refers to a line by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the original, which the se...


Legend of the Guardians: Hoot and a Holler

Zack Snyder goes animated in this owlish action picture.
KRISTIAN LIN
Live-action filmmakers have been getting into animation lately, but only the ones who have a strongly developed and distinctive cinematic style (like Tim Burton or Wes Anderson) have found it worth the trouble. That’s what Za...