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The Man with Two Horns

They should have called this movie The Devil and Daniel Radcliffe.
KRISTIAN LIN
If Horns reminds you of old Stephen King movie adaptations like Christine, Cujo, and Stand By Me, that’s partly because it’s based on a novel by Joe Hill, who is King’s son. The setting has been shifted from the Kings’ ...


Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) Michael Keaton stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film as a washed-up Hollywood star who stresses out as he prepares to star in his own Broadway pl...



Tessa Thompson (foreground, left) and her friends take a dim view of racial stereotypes in Dear White People.

The Blackness Project

Dear White People, here’s a campus comedy crackling with racial tension.
KRISTIAN LIN
Dear White People vividly reminds us of what we already know: It’s a complicated business growing up black in America. So many stereotypes have developed over the years that if you avoid one, you may very well fall into anoth...


Bill Murray relaxes while Jaeden Lieberher mows his lawn in St. Vincent.

Household Saint

A strong cast rescues St. Vincent from sentimental martyrdom.
KRISTIAN LIN
Really, St. Vincent isn’t anything new. This working-class dramedy is a modestly budgeted independent film, but it’s the same sort of sentimental tripe that Hollywood would have made into something intolerable 20 years ago....



St. Vincent opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: St. Vincent (PG-13) Bill Murray stars in this comedy as a misanthropic war veteran who agrees to babysit an 11-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who moves in next door. Also with Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’...


Joaquín, María, and Manolo stand in front of a Día de los Muertos world in The Book of Life.

Gran Libro

The Book of Life celebrates Day of the Dead in style.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood doesn’t put out many movies about Latinos that are pitched toward a general audience, let alone ones that are aimed specifically at families. The last such films that Hispanics could hold up with pride to their non-...



Brad Pitt (foreground) instructs Logan Lerman about operating the tank called Fury.

Tank Busting

The World War II drama Fury is exhausting and not in a good way.
KRISTIAN LIN
I rather liked David Ayer’s last film, the 2012 found-footage cop drama End of Watch. The financial success of that movie has allowed him to make Fury, a World War II film on a much bigger budget. Unhappily, the current movie...


Addicted opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Addicted (R) Sharon Leal stars in this drama as a woman who jeopardizes her marriage and career for a series of extramarital affairs. Also with Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, William Levy, Tasha Smith, and Kat Graham. (...



Jeremy Renner urgently follows another lead in Kill the Messenger.

Webb of Truths

The journalism drama Kill the Messenger misses its deadline by a decade or so.
Kristian Lin
Through the first half of Kill the Messenger, I found myself thinking that this journalism drama would have blown me away if I’d seen it 15 years ago. And then I realized that I was wrong. This thing is too overheated and poo...


Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall work out legal strategy and family issues in "The Judge."

Contempt of Court

In being almost good, The Judge is infuriating.
COLE WILLIAMS
When reviewing a movie called The Judge, there’s a temptation to use a really corny pun in the headline. “The Judge found guilty of mediocrity” or “The Judge sentenced to bad movie jail.” Stuff like that. Unless it’...