Film

A Faulkner Story

A local doctor turns writer and star of a low-budget film.
KRISTIAN LIN
This is the sort of thing that happens to first-time filmmakers working on a shoestring budget: While shooting his drama Between Heaven and Hell, lead actor/screenwriter Marvin Faulkner was playing a scene in which his characte...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Clash of the Titans (PG-13) Where have you gone, Harry Hamlin? This remake of the 1981 fantasy-adventure film stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, sent on a mythical quest to save Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) and rid humanit...



Three Films and Change: Mother, Chloe, The Last Song

A roundup of movies already playing, plus a new entry.
KRISTIAN LIN
Fittingly, the main character of the volatile, uproarious, and deeply disturbing Mother has no proper name, so she’s pretty much defined by her role as a mother.


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chloe (R) Atom Egoyan’s remake of Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie … stars Julianne Moore as a woman who suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) of infidelity and hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to test him. ...



Greenberg: Roger That

Ben Stiller is a bastard in this excellent drama about a failure.
KRISTIAN LIN
Two things you should know off the bat about Greenberg. First, it’s a deeply unlikable movie. Second, I liked it. You see, most movies have main characters who are nice people, because moviegoers tend to prefer the company of...


Crouching Vikings, Hidden Dragon

A kids’ book series becomes … an Iraq war allegory?
KRISTIAN LIN
The new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon takes its title and the names of its characters from a successful series of novels by Cressida Cowell, but otherwise you’d have a hard time recognizing the books as the source o...



Film Shorts

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...