Film Reviews

Mario Imbroglio

The arcade fire starts over a Donkey Kong controversy in this enjoyable documentary.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago I called No End in Sight the best documentary so far this year.


You Can’t Do That

Julie Taymor’s Beatles musical Across the Universe is something helter-skelter.
Kristian Lin
Musical stage shows and films established themselves as massively popular forms of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, but then in the 1960s, the music and the audiences changed.



Duck and Cover

Theaters offer a double shot of Terrence Howard, but only one movie’s any good.
Kristian Lin
After years of toiling unappreciated in movies that nobody saw, Terrence Howard finally got his fingers on the brass ring two years ago with a memorable appearance in the Oscar-winning Crash and an Oscar-nominated lead role in ...


Gym Class Villain

Keeping a bullying P.E. teacher from becoming your stepdad drives the tepid Mr. Woodcock.
Kristian Lin
If you saw last year’s School for Scoundrels and wished that it had been funnier, you should know that Mr. Woodcock answers your prayers.



Desert Dogs

High-falootin’ scootin’ shootin’ sons of guns from Arizona hold up the 3:10 to Yuma.
Kristian Lin
3:10 to Yuma began life as a Western short story written by Elmore Leonard in 1953, before he made his reputation writing crime fiction.


High School Movie

Local teens make a film and win a prize, and their work’s on a PC near you.
Kristian Lin
The filmmakers in Samsung’s Fresh Films contest not only haven’t been to film school, they haven’t finished high school.



U.S. Steal

Con artists risk Moctesuma’s revenge in this light-fingered pan-Latin caper flick.
Kristian Lin
Too often when Hollywood tries to make movies for the Latino audience, the result is embarrassingly tone-deaf — look no further than the currently playing Illegal Tender for proof.


Problem Kids

Mixed success is the name of the game for three movies out this week.
Kristian Lin
It’s fun to extol good movies and trash bad ones, but an awful lot of stuff falls in between those poles.



1.83 Meters Under

British rotters run round and round in the repellent Death at a Funeral.
Kristian Lin
What’s more depressing than a farce that isn’t funny? Uh, war, famine, poverty, reruns of bad reality TV shows, a few other things.


Evan Almighty

A late-night booze run fuels the inspiration for the superb Superbad.
Kristian Lin
I see it clearly now: 2007 will go down as the year that Seth Rogen arrived.