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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Repo Men (R) Jude Law stars in this sci-fi thriller as a man who repossesses new replacement human organs when their owners default on their payments. Also with Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Liev Schreiber, Carice van ...


The Runaways: Jett Trail

The queens of noise make rock history. Kristen Stewart rocks out.
KRISTIAN LIN
She can’t get away with it forever, but for now, Kristen Stewart can play the living crap out of these awkward, unpolished adolescent girls who don’t yet know what to do with themselves. That’s what I thought while watchi...



School Sucks for Wimpy Kid

The preteen hero of this movie is uncool. Sadly, so is the movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
The clunky family movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid shares its title with a successful series of novels by Jeff Kinney, though the plot comes only from the first book. The wimpy kid in the title is Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), an 11...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Green Zone (R) Matt Damon stars in this thriller as a U.S. Army officer in the early days of the Iraq war who goes rogue while trying to find weapons of mass destruction. Also with Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ry...



The Ghost Writer: A Real Roman à Clef

Polanski’s thriller happily skewers the war on terror.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’ve had examples of prison literature throughout history, but The Ghost Writer may be the closest we’ve ever had to prison filmmaking. Roman Polanski shot the footage prior to his arrest last year, after which he proceede...


Remember Me: An Affair to Forget

Robert Pattinson is stranded in this cheap romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” I’m not sure to what extent that applies to movies, but one reason sincerity doesn’t carry a lot of currency with me is that I’ve seen so many bad...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Alice in Wonderland (PG) Tim Burton’s reworking of Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale stars Mia Wasikowska as a 19-year-old Alice who returns to the enchanted land of her previous adventures to do battle with the Red Queen...


Not the Finest Anything

They may be Brooklyn’s Finest, but this cop drama is a routine stop.
KRISTIAN LIN
As boilerplate as its title would suggest, Brooklyn’s Finest is no different from any other gritty New York City cop thriller made in the past 35 years. If you took away the characters’ cell phones, this could be a movie fr...



Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hey, look! It’s an Oscar ceremony in March, just like we used to have every year. With all the attention on the Best Picture and acting races as usual, I’m running my third annual rundown of some of the lesser-known categor...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Ghost Writer (PG-13) Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel stars Ewan McGregor as a writer who learns some dangerous information while working with a former British prime minister (Pierce ...