Film

This Movie Is Kick-Ass

It’s also a psychotic, satirical ode to superheroes.
KRISTIAN LIN
How do I describe the awesomeness of Kick-Ass? I could say this is the superhero flick that Watchmen desperately wanted to be, but that doesn’t quite cover it. I could call it a comic book fan’s dream come true, but then I...


It’s Not a Wonderful After.Life

Or even the best movie set at a funeral home this week.
KRISTIAN LIN
Eleven years ago, a great Japanese film came out in American theaters under the title After Life, a joyful meditation that imagined all of us going to a Buddhist temple/studio after our deaths to have our favorite memories made...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: After.Life (R) Christina Ricci stars in this supernatural thriller as a young woman who may or may not have died in a car accident and may or may not get buried alive by a sinister funeral director (Liam Neeson). Also ...


Ragged Date Night for Carell and Fey

The Fosters go bananas in this underwhelming comedy-thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
You’re probably going to see Date Night because of Steve Carell and Tina Fey. And why not? They seem like a terrific match because they’re so similar. They’re both intelligent, straightforward types whose comic stylings s...



A Faulkner Story

A local doctor turns writer and star of a low-budget film.
KRISTIAN LIN
This is the sort of thing that happens to first-time filmmakers working on a shoestring budget: While shooting his drama Between Heaven and Hell, lead actor/screenwriter Marvin Faulkner was playing a scene in which his characte...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Clash of the Titans (PG-13) Where have you gone, Harry Hamlin? This remake of the 1981 fantasy-adventure film stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, sent on a mythical quest to save Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) and rid humanit...



Three Films and Change: Mother, Chloe, The Last Song

A roundup of movies already playing, plus a new entry.
KRISTIAN LIN
Fittingly, the main character of the volatile, uproarious, and deeply disturbing Mother has no proper name, so she’s pretty much defined by her role as a mother.


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chloe (R) Atom Egoyan’s remake of Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie … stars Julianne Moore as a woman who suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) of infidelity and hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to test him. ...



Greenberg: Roger That

Ben Stiller is a bastard in this excellent drama about a failure.
KRISTIAN LIN
Two things you should know off the bat about Greenberg. First, it’s a deeply unlikable movie. Second, I liked it. You see, most movies have main characters who are nice people, because moviegoers tend to prefer the company of...


Crouching Vikings, Hidden Dragon

A kids’ book series becomes … an Iraq war allegory?
KRISTIAN LIN
The new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon takes its title and the names of its characters from a successful series of novels by Cressida Cowell, but otherwise you’d have a hard time recognizing the books as the source o...