Film Reviews

Movie Blues

KRISTIAN LIN
The overheated but enjoyable Cadillac Records tells the story of Leonard Chess, the Polish immigrant (whose last name was changed from the similarly pronounced Czyz) who founded Chess Records, a mid-20th-century Chicago label t...


Meet the Parents

KRISTIAN LIN
Let’s start with what makes Four Christmases different from most other Hollywood holiday comedies. (Note that I said “different from” instead of “better than.”) The main characters here are a coupl...



Wizard of Oz

KRISTIAN LIN
It’s been seven long years since we’ve seen a movie from Baz Luhrmann. The insanely original Australian director tried to make a film a few years back about Alexander the Great, but Oliver Stone beat him to the punc...


Infinite Jest

Kristian Lin
It’s high time that America discovered Steve Coogan. The 43-year-old needle-nosed native of Manchester, England, is hugely popular in the U.K. as the star of several TV shows and smart, funny postmodern comedy films (Tris...



Splinter Cell

Kristian Lin
A satisfyingly little thriller in danger of getting lost at the multiplex, Traitor works better if you haven’t seen the TV spots. Don Cheadle portrays Samir Horn, a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier and a devout Muslim of ...


Make It Rainn

Kristian Lin
Modestly watchable, The Rocker is nowhere near the level of Almost Famous or The School of Rock, this decade’s great movies about rock bands. However, it is the only rock-and-roll movie I can recall in which the drummer i...



Teen Dreams

Kristian Lin
The title of American Teen makes me suspicious. Just as it was with the excellent late-1990s TV miniseries American High, the word “American” in the title gives off the unwelcome impression that these documentaries ...


Cool Catalans

Kristian Lin
Three years ago Woody Allen left New York for London and made his first good movie in a decade, Match Point.



Movie Shoot

Kristian Lin
Here’s a fantastic movie idea: Tropic Thunder takes place on the set of a big-budget Hollywood Vietnam War film also entitled Tropic Thunder.


Over a Barrel

Kristian Lin
A film with an interesting subject rather than an interesting film, Bottle Shock dramatizes the event known in wine circles as the Judgment of Paris.