Film

The Kids Are All Right

KRISTIAN LIN
This whole decade has been pretty much a waste for Robert De Niro. A lucrative waste, but even so …


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) Werner Herzog’s remake of Abel Ferrara’s 1992 film stars Nicolas Cage as a drug-addicted cop trying to solve the murders of five Senegalese immigrants in post-Ka...



For Fox Sake

KRISTIAN LIN
The golden age of kids’ movies is upon us. I’m not just talking about Pixar, though they’re obviously a huge part of the creative wealth we’re currently enjoying from these types of films. I’m talk...


Lonnng Haul

JIMMY FOWLER
Every frame of director John Hillcoat’s reverent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road trembles with grim nobility. “Trembles” might be the key word — the near-future America where the mov...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Antichrist (NR) Lars von Trier’s horror film stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple who descend into madness while vacationing at a secluded cabin in the woods. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Messe...


About a Girl

KRISTIAN LIN
The radiant and gently heartbreaking An Education opens in Grapevine this Friday and is still playing at the Modern this weekend. It richly deserves to be seen, in a week when the buzz machine is at full roar for that other mov...



Protection Scheme

KRISTIAN LIN
Conservatives like to complain (not without some basis) about how Hollywood frequently portrays them in a negative light. I hereby point out that just about every character in The Blind Side, including the heroes of the story, ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (R) Troy Duffy’s sequel to his 1999 cult thriller stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as brothers and former hit men who return to Boston to clear their names after...



Mother Mary Comes to Me

KRISTIAN LIN
Before anyone had seen Precious, it had to battle negative perceptions. People had every reason to think it would be terrible when they heard that this drama about a poor, fat, illiterate, HIV-positive girl was by a neophyte fi...


Don’t Rock the Boat

KRISTIAN LIN
The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the movie itself. This fatally innocuous British comedy uses zippy editing, frames within the...