Film

Go, ‘Bots

COLE WILLIAMS
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a sequel to a movie based on a cartoon based on a toyline. Dubious source material to some folks. Yet despite what some critics may say, source material has only so much to do with how goo...


A Season With Verona

KRISTIAN LIN
Away We Go is directed by Sam Mendes, but you’d never guess that this scruffy comedy was by the same guy whose previous dramas Revolutionary Road and Road to Perdition were as meticulously arranged as any fashion show and...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Enlighten Up! (NR) Kate Churchill’s documentary about her own disastrous plan to turn her skeptical friend (Nick Rosen) into a yoga practitioner. (Opens Friday in Dallas)


Marital Tate

KRISTIAN LIN
The Proposal makes an instructive contract with Management, the film that opened and promptly closed last month. Both movies are about the romantic travails of a woman of a certain age, portrayed by a likable star whom we’...



Cowardly Custard

KRISTIAN LIN
Wildly popular in their own time, Noël Coward’s stage comedies fell from favor in the 1960s and have been struggling ever since. His pieces of light entertainment were never as acute or socially conscious as George Berna...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Away We Go (R) Sam Mendes’ comedy stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as an expectant couple trying to decide which city to relocate to. Written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Also with Maggie Gyllenhaal, All...



Turn Out the Lights?

ANTHONY MARIANI
Are music corporations, with their emphasis on repetitive, easy-to-swallow sounds, quashing musical innovation? Are listeners demanding dumbed-down music? Is good music dead? Several years ago, two filmmakers traveled the count...


Training Day

JIMMY FOWLER
Every big-budget action thriller needs a villain who artfully represents the audience’s fear du jour. As Ryder, the subway-hijacking financial terrorist of Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, John Travolta sinc...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Adoration (R) Atom Egoyan’s latest film is about a high-school student (Devon Bostick) who uses his French class assignment to unearth buried family secrets. Also with Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Kenneth We...


Big Fat Mess

JIMMY FOWLER
A few years ago, a studio would’ve dropped a piece of dreck like My Life in Ruins into a graveyard movie month like March and then hoped to get a return from pay cable and DVD profits. But recent so-called “chick fl...