Film

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING Black Dynamite (R) Michael Jai White co-writes and stars in this sendup of 1970s blaxploitation flicks as an action hero out to avenge his brother’s murder. Also with Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Kevin Chapman, Nic...


Too Much Heaven

KRISTIAN LIN
As far back as 2001, when Peter Jackson first took on the Lord of the Rings saga, I kept wishing that he’d find time to go back to the more life-sized films like Heavenly Creatures that first marked out this New Zealander...



Pedro + Penélope

KRISTIAN LIN
At this point, Pedro Almodóvar truly seems incapable of making a bad movie. I can’t think of any other great filmmaker working today about whom I can say that. Who would have figured on that in the early 1990s, when Almo...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Leap Year (PG) Amy Adams stars in this romantic comedy as a woman whose plans to follow Irish tradition and propose to her boyfriend on February 29 go awry. Also with Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, Kaitlin Olson, Noel O...



Imaginarium, Youth in Revolt Finally Out

KRISTIAN LIN
Some films go from blank page to your local movie screen relatively quickly; Up in the Air wrapped principal photography last spring, which is why it feels so timely. In other cases, exigent circumstances (better known as real ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
NOW PLAYING: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) If the word “squeakquel” is in the title, the movie must be good, right? The animated singing chipmunks return, to find their stardom threatened by a group o...



The Top 10

KRISTIAN LIN
America’s economy may still be in recovery, but our film industry is in good health financially and (more importantly) artistically. That seems to be the major conclusion that I’ve drawn from the more than 200 movie...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) If the word “squeakquel” is in the title, the movie must be good, right? The animated singing chipmunks return, to find their stardom threatened by a group of si...



Maestro

KRISTIAN LIN
The flawed, fabulous musical Nine is based on a Broadway show, which in turn was adapted from Federico Fellini’s film 8½. Set in 1965, it stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Guido Contini, a world-renowned Italian filmmaker who...


Holmes for Christmas

KRISTIAN LIN
In a series of 1940s Hollywood films, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes as a suave, unflappable Victorian gentleman. His interpretation held sway until a British TV series in the 1980s, when Jeremy Brett re-interpreted the ...