Film Reviews

Iran So Far Away

Quelle dommage! A brilliant graphic novel turns into an average animated movie.
Kristian Lin
A couple of months ago, Persepolis was the trendy pick among some movie critics as 2007′s best animated film.


I’m Not There

The fairies and teleporters in this week’s movies encourage you to disbelieve your eyes.
Kristian Lin
The best bets this Valentine’s Day are two special-effects-laden fantasy films from Hollywood, both blessedly free of any pretensions to be the next Lord of the Rings.



Three Women

Definitely, Maybe you won’t want to see this unusual but uninspiring romance.
Kristian Lin
Definitely, Maybe is a lousy title, but I’m guessing the studio went with it because How I Met Your Mother was already taken.


Insert Your Own Jokes

New comedies flood our theaters, but they’re mostly all wet.
Kristian Lin
Some observers are calling this a golden age for comedy films, but even a golden age has its share of fool’s gold, not to mention Fool’s Gold.



Bad Omens

Even with great performances and direction, Cassandra’s Dream still takes on water.
Kristian Lin
The word has been atypically slow getting out about Woody Allen’s latest thriller Cassandra’s Dream.


Corpse Bride

A major character may be deceased, but it’s Over Her Dead Body that’s really rotten.
Kristian Lin
When you encounter hideous misogyny in a movie pitched aggressively at male audiences (like last fall’s Good Luck Chuck), it’s shocking but not necessarily surprising.



Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to ... that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
The Oscar nominations came out this week, and for once the talk about who got the nods might actually be overshadowed by speculation about whether the writers’ strike will derail the show.


Monster Hash

Though its premise is promising, Cloverfield is all bark and no bite.
Cole Williams
When I first saw the mysterious trailer for Cloverfield last summer, I thought “probably just another disaster movie,” though I prayed “giant-monster movie.” As a lifelong Godzilla fan, I couldn’t ...



The Member of the Weddings

The actors kick up their heels, and then the stitches fall apart on 27 Dresses.
Kristian Lin
I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy, nor did I watch Roswell when it was on, so I don’t know Katherine Heigl’s abilities as well as I probably should.


Well Drilled

Remarkable as There Will Be Blood often is, our film critic refuses to gush.
Kristian Lin
I did something unusual while preparing to write my review of There Will Be Blood: I read everybody else’s reviews.