Film Reviews

Body Double

The Prestige tries to create magic, but only sends up smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only recently has the word “prestigious” come to mean “acclaimed” or “renowned.” The Prestige wastes no time explaining the word’s earlier meaning, whence comes the title. The film begins with a voiceover by Micha...


If I Were a Queen

Maybe Marie Antoinette didn’t deserve the guillotine. Her new movie certainly doesn’t.
Kristian Lin
Sofia Coppola’s third film, Marie Antoinette comes trailing bad buzz from Cannes this past summer, where a largely French crowd greeted it with boos and hisses. It’s easy to see what they didn’t like. The director’s les...



Body Double

The Prestige tries to create magic, but only sends up smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only recently has the word “prestigious” come to mean “acclaimed” or “renowned.” The Prestige wastes no time explaining the word’s earlier meaning, whence comes the title. The film begins with a voiceover by Micha...


Politically Incorrect

Man of the Year suffers from dull satire, and then it really goes bad.
Kristian Lin
There are many things wrong with Man of the Year, but the basic premise isn’t one of them.



Tru and Two

The story of last year’s Oscar-winner is told again, to lesser effect.
Kristian Lin
Infamous tells the story of author Truman Capote and his career-defining decision to write In Cold Blood, his novel about a mass murder in Kansas. Sound familiar? That’s because the film was in production at the same time as ...


Nodding Off

Is The Science of Sleep a great movie? In your dreams, pal!
Kristian Lin
Often you hear about how comedy stars who act in movies need to be kept in line by directors. Well, Michel Gondry is a director who needs comic geniuses to stay disciplined. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the...



Rat Traps

Celebrity moles infest Boston’s gangland in Scorsese’s terrific, twisty The Departed.
Kristian Lin
A lot of big names are connected with The Departed, so let’s start with two of the not-so-bigs: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. They’re the Hong Kong filmmakers who made Infernal Affairs, the excellent 2004 police drama on which T...


Dr. P. and the Women

Jon Heder fails to lead the problematic School for Scoundrels to big laughs.
Kristian Lin
This Jon Heder thing needs to stop before it gets out of hand. I mean, OK, we all loved Napoleon Dynamite, or at least you all did. That movie’s success deservedly landed its star a few supporting roles in Hollywood stuff and...



Kutcher Coo

Two movies inspire some thoughts on a pretty, and pretty annoying, actor’s career.
Kristian Lin
Have we underestimated Ashton Kutcher? You can hardly blame us if we have. There are so many good reasons to hate him. His starring role in a bunch of lame movies such as Dude, Where’s My Car? and others that were almost as b...


Stark Failure

Kristian Lin
Between the dimming of the lights and the opening credits, something happened when I saw the new film version of All the King’s Men. While the screen was showing the studio logos, the movie’s music started up on the soundtr...