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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Skin I Live In (R) Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film stars Antonio Banderas as an insane plastic surgeon who uses a captive patient (Elena Anaya) as a human guinea pig for his new artificial skin. Also with Marisa P...


Margin Call: Sell High

This neat financial drama is a movie for Occupy Wall Street.
KRISTIAN LIN
Talk about great timing: Margin Call premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last winter to middling buzz and reviews, but now this drama — set at a brokerage firm just before the 2008 financial meltdown — is hitting theate...



Elevate: Rêves du Hoop

Senegalese basketballers step up to the line in this documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
Any documentary about basketball has to contend with the long shadow cast by Hoop Dreams. The new film Elevate isn’t in that league, yet it is a smooth piece of work (as you’d expect from something produced under the ESPN F...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In Time (PG-13) Justin Timberlake stars in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller as a man who falls afoul of the law in a corrupt future society in which poor people die at age 25 while rich people live on without aging. A...



Anonymous: Shakespeare in Lies

Crazy history can’t take down this period spy thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
The whole idea that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare’s plays is a load of crap. I feel safe saying this, having spent a chunk of my college years studying Elizabethan theater. (Think of me what you will on that account....


Puss in Boots: Break an Egg

Though it has some laughs, this spinoff isn’t the cat’s meow.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biggest problem with Puss in Boots is that it has come out five years too late. The feline adventurer voiced by Antonio Banderas was introduced to us in Shrek 2 back in 2004, and there’s no mystery about why he has broken...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Event Horizon) directs this latest version of Alexandre Dumas père’s novel starring Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan, who teams up with Athos, Porthos, and...


Low Heat

A famous director’s daughter makes an uninspired debut.
KRISTIAN LIN
After several decades’ worth of movie directors’ sons taking up their fathers’ line of work, now we’re seeing directors’ daughters do the same, and not a minute too soon. The results have been unsurprisingly mixed. On...



Penn’s States

A student filmmaker makes movies on the fly.
KRISTIAN LIN
“Why are you interviewing me?” Lindsay Penn suddenly asked me in the middle of our recent talk. She wasn’t asking out of false modesty or disingenuousness. She really wanted to know. I was interviewing her because her sho...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Thing (R) The third film version of this story about a group of scientists at the South Pole who discover an alien life form that starts to prey on them. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thom...