Film

Please Give Weaves a Guilt-Edged Story

Charity begins at home in this richly observed comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
If there’s any doubt that Nicole Holofcener should have filmed the Sex and the City movie, her latest comedy Please Give should remove it. The independent filmmaker directed episodes of the TV show in the 1990s, presumably to...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The A-Team (PG-13) The big-screen version of the 1980s TV show about four wrongly convicted fugitives (Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) hiring themselves out as soldiers o...



The Karate Kid: Kung Fu Shuffle

Rest easy, Daniel-san. This remake is a worthy successor.
KRISTIAN LIN
All right, this is bugging me: Why is this movie entitled The Karate Kid? I understand why the filmmakers would want to keep the title of the 1984 movie that they were remaking, but this new version is set in China and revolves...


David Lowery Creates a Mood

A local filmmaker goes a different, quieter route.
KRISTIAN LIN
Since so many locally produced films are cheap horror flicks, it’s refreshing to see something like David Patrick Lowery’s St. Nick, a drama about two runaway children that aims for gentle lyricism and achieves visual beaut...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Killers (PG-13) Katherine Heigl stars in this action-comedy as a woman who discovers that her new husband (Ashton Kutcher) is actually a secret government agent being targeted by assassins. Also with Catherine O’Hara...


A Rock Star’s Greek Orgy

The laughs are as thick as Snow in this raucous rock comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
About two-thirds of the way through Get Him to the Greek, it all clicked for me. In the middle of a scene at a Las Vegas strip club that involves gunplay, martial arts, a large dildo, a raging fire, and a guy being shot up with...



Mother and Child: Missing Girls

Oh, mama! This fragmented adoption drama is reheated stuff.
KRISTIAN LIN
Rodrigo García makes his living as a director of episodes of TV shows such as In Treatment and Six Feet Under. However, the son of the famed Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez spends his spare time making quiet, low-k...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Survival of the Dead (R) The latest zombie movie by George Romero is about a group of human survivors trying to live long enough to develop a cure to return the zombies to human state. Starring Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth...



MacGruber: The ’80s Live! (Sort Of)

A SNL action hero bumbles onto the big screen.
KRISTIAN LIN
What a strange trip it’s been for MacGruber. At first, a movie made from the recurring series of Saturday Night Live sketches seemed like an astoundingly bad idea. On the small screen, the two-dollar set and the repetitive na...


Sex and the City 2: Hanging On

Despite bad writing, the franchise keeps its buddy-buddy heart.
COLE WILLIAMS
Sex and the City 2 picks up two years after the first, with the wedding of Stanford (Willie Garson) and Anthony (Mario Cantone), Carrie’s and Charlotte’s gay best friends. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and John “...