Film

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.


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.



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.


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.


Conduct Unbecoming

A not-so-plain Jane is a major problem with this literary period piece.
Kristian Lin
Anne Hathaway is easy to look at under normal circumstances, but in Becoming Jane she is downright breathtaking, with her hair in photogenic upswept curls framing her alabaster skin and those marvelous lips.



Three Up, Three Down

Small essays on the men behind the Rush Hour series and the passage of time.
Kristian Lin
Surely no one will be surprised to learn that there’s nothing in Rush Hour 3 that can’t be found in either of the first two movies.


Chasin’ Jason

The kinetic The Bourne Ultimatum leads a super-spy to some unpleasant answers.
Kristian Lin
When people talk about Hollywood franchises, they never seem to mention the Bourne films.