Film Reviews

Rock of Aged

The seniors in the documentary Young@Heart are never too old to learn new songs.
Kristian Lin
If you saw the Rolling Stones’ concert film Shine a Light and were impressed by the energy of those sexagenarian band members, you should check out another concert film released this week that’s about an even older ...


Ex Games

A Segel takes flight in Hawaii when he tries Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Kristian Lin
Last year, Hot Fuzz came out in the third week of April and turned out to be the funniest comedy of 2007.



L.A. Lawlessness

Street Kings goes down some crooked alleys, but we’ve seen them all before.
Kristian Lin
The overheated yet stubbornly unexciting cop thriller Street Kings stars Keanu Reeves as Los Angeles Police Department vice-squad detective Tom Ludlow, a loose-cannon cop who really isn’t all that loose.


Quaid Pro Quo

Wordy, wayward, and well-acted, Smart People is a slacker comedy for the literary set.
Kristian Lin
Mark Jude Poirier’s name will be more easily recognized by readers than cinephiles.



All These Things That I’ve Done

The best Iraq drama so far, Stop-Loss still runs into problems.
Kristian Lin
Hollywood is in a no-win situation when it comes to Iraq. (So’s the White House, but that’s another story.)


Survivor Girl

The secret of Nim is the location of a girl’s island home in this overly silly family film.
Kristian Lin
Wendy Orr wrote a story when she was nine years old.



Fat Pegg

This British romantic sports slacker comedy runs pretty smoothly.
Kristian Lin
I wrote the headline on this story because I’m helpless in the face of an easy pun, but seriously, Simon Pegg isn’t fat.


Blackjacked

The deck gets hot for the casino drama 21, but it’s too late to recoup its losses.
Kristian Lin
The low-temperature gambling thriller 21 is based on Ben Mezrich’s book Bringing Down the House, his account of a ring of MIT math students who used card-counting techniques to win millions at Vegas’ blackjack table...



Carlitos’ Way

Under the Same Moon, a Mexican kid travels illegally and weepily across America.
Kristian Lin
The recent surge in Mexican-made films on both sides of the U.S. border has had mostly positive results, but I suppose we were due to see a downside at some point.


Microcosmic Dust

Who says this latest Dr. Seuss adaptation doesn’t have its charms?
Cole Williams
Parents, it’s time for another dreaded film adaptation of a beloved childhood book.