Film

Super Sibs

These two movies needed some of the magic of their main characters.
Kristian Lin
Hollywood turns out so many movies about superheroes or people who acquire superpowers. It’s probably just a coincidence that the two out this week are both about sets of siblings who have them. Neither film is a full-blown s...


Strange Animal

A man-eating underwater beast unites a family in the wild and wacky The Host.
Kristian Lin
If I’d known that The Host was opening in Grapevine as well as Dallas last week, I would have reviewed it on time.



Classical Gore

There’s nothing spartan about the eye-popping, eye-gouging visual style of 300.
Kristian Lin
I’m always puzzled when my fellow film critics decry the notion of “style over substance” in movies.


Cold Case

An amateur detective follows the signs of a killer in the admirable Zodiac.
Kristian Lin
Sheesh, you make one splattery serial-killer flick that turns into a blockbuster hit, and everybody thinks they have you pegged.



Men With Choppers

Wild Hogs is bad enough to make you trade in your motorcycle for an SUV.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some years ago, political satirist Mark Russell observed that guys caught in mid-life crises tended to handle them in one of three ways: They bought motorcycles, cheated on their wives, or became spies for the Soviets. He wound...


Since My Baby Left Me

Black Snake Moan turns a great premise into Southern-fried cornpone.
Kristian Lin
If Black Snake Moan is disappointing, that’s largely because it starts out with one of the greatest premises of any movie in recent years.



What’s the Big Idea?

Three movies this week are dominated by men and their obsessions.
KRISTIAN LIN
George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.


Pop Corn Movie

Hugh and Drew find their voices in the better-than-expected Music and Lyrics.
Kristian Lin
My job is difficult this week. I’m here to make a case for Music and Lyrics, a movie that well exceeded my nonexistent expectations.



The Way to Wonderland

It’s tough to bring a beloved fantasy novel to the screen, as this movie shows.
Kristian Lin
An unusual number of people have come up to me in the last month or so to tell me how marvelous they found Pan’s Labyrinth.


Violation

Breaking and Entering makes hash out of big issues, and that’s a petty crime.
Kristian Lin
Anthony Minghella made his name as the director of lush, cosmopolitan, epic literary adaptations with period settings, beginning with The English Patient in 1996 and continuing through The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.