Film Reviews

Go Toward the Light

Good day, Sunshine! Danny Boyle’s space opera is intensely beautiful.
Kristian Lin
Sunshine has nothing to do with the similarly titled 2000 film that starred Ralph Fiennes as three generations of Hungarian Jews living through the 20th century, though oddly enough, they share an actor in common: Mark Strong.


Greene Journalism

Biographical drama at its finest and funniest, Talk to Me avoids the usual pitfalls.
Kristian Lin
Much like Dreamgirls, Talk to Me is set in the recent past and addresses the vexing question of the place of black entertainers in America as a way of taking on the even more vexing question of the place of black people in Amer...



Aerosol Cheese

Good morning, Baltimore! Take a deep whiff of Hairspray, and you’ll get high.
Kristian Lin
John Waters’ 1988 film Hairspray marked that precarious moment when it looked like Waters would successfully transform from the ultimate filmmaking outsider to a pillar of Hollywood. That never happened, of course.


Bale Out

A U.S. pilot’s story of survival is powerfully retold in Rescue Dawn.
Kristian Lin
Werner Herzog isn’t the last filmmaker you’d expect to make a straight-up drama about U.S. military heroism, but he’d be pretty far down the list.



Freezing Spell

While Harry Potter loses a loved one, his fifth movie loses something else.
Kristian Lin
The opening scene of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes place in brilliant sunshine, which we don’t often see in these movies.


The Brad Seed

Harry Potter, he ain’t. Joshua is a dreary entry in the evil-kid movie genre.
Kristian Lin
To begin with, the current film Joshua has nothing to do with the sleepy 2002 movie by the same name that starred Tony Goldwyn as a present-day carpenter who’s supposed to be Jesus.



Hit Me Again

Ben Kingsley beats the bottle, but his movie loses the war.
Kristian Lin
Of all the living actors who’ve been knighted by the queen of England, have any of them found their way into more crappy movies than Sir Ben Kingsley?


Robots in Distress

The failure is system-wide in the new big-screen version of Transformers.
Kristian Lin
The time seems ripe for a re-evaluation of Michael Bay. It’s been almost 10 years since his Armageddon ruled the box office by sheer brute force of publicity, star power, and on-screen CGI explosions, and made millions of mov...



C’est délicieux, ce film

animé du Pixar qui s’appelle Ratatouille.
Kristian Lin
I keep worrying about Pixar. I worry that they now put out a movie every year instead of once every two or three years, and that the studio’s top creative guys now oversee the whole Disney shebangapalooza instead of just thei...


Health Scare System

Michael Moore’s latest doc will leave you feeling ill about American medicine.
Kristian Lin
Those reports you’ve heard about the new, self-effacing Michael Moore turn out to be more or less true in his latest documentary, Sicko.