Film

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
NOW PLAYING: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) If the word “squeakquel” is in the title, the movie must be good, right? The animated singing chipmunks return, to find their stardom threatened by a group o...


The Top 10

KRISTIAN LIN
America’s economy may still be in recovery, but our film industry is in good health financially and (more importantly) artistically. That seems to be the major conclusion that I’ve drawn from the more than 200 movie...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) If the word “squeakquel” is in the title, the movie must be good, right? The animated singing chipmunks return, to find their stardom threatened by a group of si...


Maestro

KRISTIAN LIN
The flawed, fabulous musical Nine is based on a Broadway show, which in turn was adapted from Federico Fellini’s film 8½. Set in 1965, it stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Guido Contini, a world-renowned Italian filmmaker who...



Holmes for Christmas

KRISTIAN LIN
In a series of 1940s Hollywood films, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes as a suave, unflappable Victorian gentleman. His interpretation held sway until a British TV series in the 1980s, when Jeremy Brett re-interpreted the ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beaches of Agnès (NR) An autobiographical documentary by French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda (One Sings, the Other Doesn’t) looking back over her long career and life. (Opens Friday in Dallas)



How Ya Get So Fly

KRISTIAN LIN
Jason Reitman has now directed three films, and so far the most famous is his second one, Juno. I suspect we’ll look back on that movie and see it as atypical of his work. Whereas Juno is about a teenage girl and written ...


Am I Blue?

KRISTIAN LIN
So your epic disaster movie broke box-office records and won every Oscar in sight. What do you do for an encore? For 12 years, James Cameron didn’t have an answer, and the film world went on without him. As I watched his ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Larger Than Life … in 3D: Dave Matthews Band (NR) Concert film includes performances by Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 and Gogol Bordello. (Opens Friday)


Amphibian Production

KRISTIAN LIN
Traditional hand-drawn animation has been out of fashion for much of this decade. Most of Hollywood followed Pixar’s lead years ago and went to computers for their animated family movies. Now the novelty value of that has...