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Hugh Jackman battles Japanese ninja warriors in The Wolverine.

Busted Blocks

A meditation on The Wolverine and sagging summer tentpoles.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made waves in the world of cinema by questioning the sustainability of Hollywood’s current economic model. The directors didn’t really say much that other economists and industr...


The Wolverine opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Wolverine (PG-13) Hugh Jackman returns as the superhero, who’s summoned to Japan and offered a chance to lose his immortality. Also with Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Famke...



Michael B. Jordan gives Ariana Neal a piggyback ride in Fruitvale Station.

Death on a Platform

Fruitvale Station turns a police shooting into powerful drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Weinstein Company didn’t intend to release Fruitvale Station in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Things just worked out that way. Truthfully, any time would be good to see this drama that expands this week to ...


Aubrey Plaza sucks on a push pop while preparing to go through the items on "The To Do List."

Sex and Brandy

Aubrey Plaza gets freaky, filthy, and funny in The To Do List.
KRISTIAN LIN
Aubrey Plaza gets herself a whole new act in The To Do List, ditching the jaded, sarcastic persona she assumes on TV’s Parks and Recreation to portray a girl who’s wide-eyed and earnest as she takes a self-administered cras...



Fruitvale Station opens Friday in Arlington.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Fruitvale Station (R) Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) stars in Ryan Coogler’s dramatic re-creation of the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a real-life Oakland man whose shooting at the hands of police caused an int...


James Wan loves him some creepy dolls in The Conjuring.

Conjuring Frights

It’s not perfect, but James Wan’s new horror film will turn your hair white.
STEVE STEWARD
Having apparently wrung every last drop of blood and cash from the Rube Goldberg-ian torture porn of the Saw franchise, director James Wan has turned his attention to scaring the bejesus out of nice families, first with the 201...



Sam Rockwell and Liam James ponder the next stage of life at an oceanside water park in The Way, Way Back.

Duncan in Water

Rookie directors make The Way, Way Back into a solid comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Expanding into Tarrant County this week, the agreeable summer comedy The Way, Way Back begins with Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old from Albany, in the last place he wants to be: in the back seat of a station wagon driven by ...


Pacific Rim opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pacific Rim (PG-13) Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs this science-fiction thriller about a group of humans who build giant robots to battle alien invaders. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ch...



Film 2

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

The crowd goes wild, but maybe you had to be there.
STEVE STEWARD
Is comedian Kevin Hart big enough to fill Madison Square Garden? Because I honestly had no idea who he was until I saw his mockumentary, Let Me Explain, at which point I thought, “Oh, he’s the guy who kicked Aziz Ansari in ...


Michael Polley goes to work as an actor while his daughter Sarah looks on in Stories We Tell.

Lies My Mother Told Me

Sarah Polley’s meta-documentary asks how we tell the Stories We Tell.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sarah Polley was the It Girl of independent cinema in the late 1990s. The small, serious, fiercely intelligent native of Toronto was still a teenager when she gave unignorable performances in films such as The Sweet Hereafter, ...