Film

Firth of Force

KRISTIAN LIN
Talented though he is, Colin Firth has never shown that much range. While his close contemporary Hugh Grant has made a career out of playing different variations on the same randy bon vivant, Firth has made his largely by playi...


Medical License

KRISTIAN LIN
In the late 1990s, a Harvard Business School graduate named John Crowley made medical history. He was a Bristol Myers executive whose two youngest children suffered from Pompe disease, a form of muscular dystrophy that had alwa...



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...