Film Reviews
Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau look for customers for their new food truck in Chef.

Cuban Sandwich King

Jon Favreau serves up small plates of joy in his food comedy Chef.
KRISTIAN LIN
In his amiable food comedy Chef, writer-director Jon Favreau stars as Carl Casper, the head chef at a well-established upscale L.A. restaurant. As the movie opens, he’s preparing his staff to receive powerful food critic and ...


Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler enjoy a moment to themselves at a South African resort in Blended.

Blended and Extended

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy actually doesn’t suck.
KRISTIAN LIN
Something about Drew Barrymore seems to smooth out Adam Sandler’s abrasive edges and bring out his sweetness without making him cloying. After The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, the two actors have teamed up once again, a...



Seen through a bus window, the renowned Japanese monster visits the Golden Gate Bridge in Godzilla.

My Beloved Monster

Godzilla rampages again in a flawed but terrifying remake.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let me calm things down a bit. The early reviews of Godzilla led me to expect something fantastic, and this movie isn’t that. It barely seems to have a script. Yet watching it, I felt something like the awe and horror that th...


Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon are decked out in their 18th-century finery in Belle.

Belle of the Ball

If Jane Austen had written a black heroine, she’d look something like this.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’re like many people, 12 Years a Slave was the first film you saw by a black British director. Maybe you wondered whether there were any more in the pipeline. Your answer comes in the form of Belle, a movie written and ...



Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne find their shrubbery carved into a rude shape by the frat next door in Neighbors.

The Boys Next Door

Is Neighbors the greatest frat comedy ever? Maybe.
KRISTIAN LIN
I come to sing the praises of Nicholas Stoller. The director of the uproariously funny Neighbors isn’t famous like the movie’s stars, and he doesn’t receive much credit on his own because he’s part of Judd Apatow’s st...


Dorothy and Toto eye the rainbow that will take them back in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

New Friends of Dorothy

Don’t surrender your money to Legends of Oz.
KRISTIAN LIN
The first film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appeared all the way back in 1910. Ever since then, movies have been trying to revive or build on the fantasy world evoked in L. Frank Baum’s novels. The trouble is, this i...



Mother of mercy, is this the end of Gwen Stacy? Emma Stone hangs by a thread in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Turning Point

The Spider-Man sequel’s team is better suited for a romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed the reboot of Spider-Man two years ago, I said that while I couldn’t find anything terribly wrong with it, I couldn’t find anything great about it either. The good news is, I found much more to like in the s...


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Unknown Artist

A treasure trove of photos kicks off the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
KRISTIAN LIN
This story began in winter 2007, when real estate agent John Maloof, a habitué of flea markets and storage auctions, bought a box of photo negatives hoping to find something he could use in a history volume he was planning to ...



Scarlett Johansson strips down for her latest victim in Under the Skin.

Study in Scarlett

Under the Skin takes a cold-eyed view of its star’s hotness.
KRISTIAN LIN
Scarlett Johansson is naked in Under the Skin. Remarkably, she’s never done that before in a movie. Yet there’s more to it than that, as there usually is with her. Sex appeal has been a central part of Johansson’s stardom...


Jonas Armstrong wears a Nazi uniform to save Jews in Walking With the Enemy.

Smart Elek

Walking With the Enemy tells the story of a Hungarian resistance hero.
KRISTIAN LIN
As the Nazi reign of terror swept across Europe, many people in various walks of life found ways of standing against it and making a difference. One such was Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, the Hungarian resistance hero who saved the ...