Film Reviews

Failed States

Kristian Lin
Our country’s chaotic political climate has given birth to all sorts of monsters at the movie theater – look no further than the Joker’s grotesque visage for proof.


High 90s

Kristian Lin
“Do you ever feel like a fuck-up?” So inquires recent high-school grad Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) of his psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley).



Move On

Kristian Lin
I always found ABBA’s melancholy ballads more interesting than their better-known disco-influenced hits, but I find those latter songs pleasant enough in small doses.


Out of the House

Kristian Lin
Is it true? Did Talladega Nights really come out only two summers ago? It seems like ages, mainly because Will Ferrell has starred in so many other movies since then.



Funny Games

Kristian Lin
When Heath Ledger is on screen during The Dark Knight, you can’t look anywhere else.


Monkey Wrench

Kristian Lin
The animated kids’ movie out this week, Space Chimps, is being released simultaneously with a tied-in video game.



Celluloid Dreams

Kristian Lin
“I ask my students about their dreams,” said Greg Mansur, who teaches filmmaking at Texas Christian University. “They think it’s silly at first, but film is like a dream. And when we analyze the dreams, ...


The Descent

Kristian Lin
Cinematic inventors and pioneers were trying to make their medium three-dimensional as far back as the 1890s, but it wasn’t until 1952 that Hollywood embraced 3-D filmmaking as one of several technical innovations that wo...



Steel Reserve

Cole Williams
Another big superhero movie hits theaters this week, but a few things separate it from the rest that have come out recently.


The Moore We See …

Director Tom Kalin’s epic family drama Savage Grace is hitched — wisely and successfully — to a single star.
JIMMY FOWLER
Movies about very rich, very unhappy families – genre classics such as Ordinary People and Sidney Lumet’s version of Long Day’s Journey into Night – offer us working-class filmgoers a chance to indulge a...