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No Relief from Restless

This teen cancer romance will kill you with sugar shock.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hot on the heels of 50/50 comes another movie about cancer, the less funny, more irritating, and all-around inferior Restless. The unfortunate timing doesn’t flatter the newer movie, but then again, even had Gus Van Sant’s ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Dream House (PG-13) Daniel Craig stars in this horror film as a father who uncovers murderous past events in the New England house that his family has just moved into. Also with Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Marton Csokas...



50/50: The C Word

Sick jokes and terrific acting save this cancer drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
When he was 24 years old, a comedy writer named Will Reiser was diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. Once he got over the shock, he and his buddy Seth Rogen watched a bunch of movies about cancer patients and found them...


Victim of Circumstance

This drama’s calling card: Iranian teen lesbians in trouble.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes the idea of a movie is more powerful than the movie itself. That’s certainly the case with Circumstance, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. At its infrequent best, this lesbian rom...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING Abduction (PG-13) Taylor Lautner stars in John Singleton’s action-adventure film as a teenager who’s sucked into an espionage plot after discovering his own picture on a web site devoted to missing children. Also wi...


Moneyball: A’s for Effort

This baseball movie for brainiacs is unflashy and productive.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Oakland A’s are currently a distant third in the American League West behind Anaheim and our own Texas Rangers. Though they made the playoffs several times in the early ’00s, the team never won a World Series and has be...



Among the Killer Elite

Survival is all that matters in Jason Statham’s latest and cruelest.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seeing the poster for yet another Jason Statham movie, you’re probably thinking that Killer Elite is exactly like all the others. You’re right, too, except that it’s actually quite good. That’s the thing about Jason Sta...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Straw Dogs (R) Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller stars James Marsden and Kate Bosworth as a married couple who come into deadly conflict with the locals when they move back to her hometown in the ...



Winding Drive

Ryan Gosling fuels this great, strange, romantic thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oh, damn, Ryan Gosling is cool. He’s so cool that it hurts you deep inside. He has become famous as a romantic lead, and indeed his half-smile is enough to melt the stoniest heart. He flashes it occasionally in Drive, but tha...


How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a woman who has it all.
STEVE STEWARD
In our post-Oprah era, the overachieving mother who balances a high-profile job with keeping a perfect house and happy marriage should make for a fairly interesting film, one in which the compulsions to get everything 100 perce...