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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Incendies (R) A nominee for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play stars Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette as Canadian twins who travel to ...


Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
STEVE STEWARD
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush return for this fourth adventure as two pirates searching for the fountain of youth. Also with Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNall...


The Beaver: Talk to the Hand

Depression has a rodent’s face in this wispy indie drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes when a star misbehaves in public, a perfectly blameless movie takes the hit. Such appears to be the case with The Beaver, an independent drama that so far has had trouble drawing viewers. The studio’s spin is that b...



Skateland: Brand New Key

This Texas-set indie drama idly spins its wheels.
KRISTIAN LIN
The makers of Skateland are all from Longview, and it was filmed mostly in Shreveport and Marshall. Texans will probably find that bit of quasi-local information more interesting than anything that happens in this earnest drama...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Everything Must Go (R) The recipient of a surprise screening at last year’s Lone Star Film Festival, this drama stars Will Ferrell as an alcoholic, recently unemployed man who keeps his possessions out on his front l...



Bridesmaids Takes the Cake

Put on your ugliest dress to watch the comedy of the season.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s no shortage of recent comedy films that revolve around male friendship, so where are the equivalent movies about women? When it comes to comedies about adult female characters that don’t primarily focus on romance, ...


Thor: Good God Almighty

Can Kenneth Branagh make a comic book movie? Thertainly!
KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone seems surprised that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor. Well, I’m not. True, he made his name directing and starring in a string of cinematic Shakespeare adaptations in the 1990s, but his love for the classics always...



Happy Couples (More or Less)

Jumping the Broom trumps both Tyler Perry and Something Borrowed.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wedding season is upon us. Can you stand it? After the big blowout nuptials in London dominated our TV screens last week, we have two movies about weddings this week, and next week another one arrives. (That’s the best one, b...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Beaver (PG-13) Jodie Foster directs and co-stars in this film about a business executive (Mel Gibson) who suffers a mental breakdown and communicates with the world solely through his beaver hand puppet. Also with ...