Film

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: An Education (PG-13) This radiant and gently heartbreaking drama is one of 2009′s best movies. The Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan stars as a 16-year-old Londoner who falls for an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in 19...


Letters to Savannah

Yet another sodden Nicholas Sparks adaptation: Dear John.
KRISTIAN LIN
In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world’s new guilty pleasure is pablum rather than pulp. In other words, slasher flick...



One-Part Drama

Another British import loses its flavor in America: Edge of Darkness.
KRISTIAN LIN
The key to understanding what’s right and what’s wrong with Edge of Darkness is knowing that it’s based on a British TV miniseries. Our friends across the Atlantic regularly make intelligent multiple-hour opus...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
Opening: La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (NR) Documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, High School) follows the company through one season as it produces seven ballets. (Opens Friday in Dallas)



Breaking Bad

KRISTIAN LIN
Somehow, the upper reaches of stardom have always seemed to just elude Jeff Bridges’ grasp despite all his advantages as a well-known actor’s son who came of age during a golden period for Hollywood filmmaking and k...


Domestic Conflict

KRISTIAN LIN
When I was a boy, I visited relatives in South America and noticed that all my uncles and aunts seemed to employ maids. I thought it was strange. My relatives weren’t noticeably wealthier than my parents, and yet neither ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Legion (R) Paul Bettany stars in this thriller as the Archangel Michael, who descends to Earth to save a group of people in a roadside diner after God unleashes the apocalypse on the human race. Also with Dennis Quaid,...


Firth of Force

KRISTIAN LIN
Talented though he is, Colin Firth has never shown that much range. While his close contemporary Hugh Grant has made a career out of playing different variations on the same randy bon vivant, Firth has made his largely by playi...



Medical License

KRISTIAN LIN
In the late 1990s, a Harvard Business School graduate named John Crowley made medical history. He was a Bristol Myers executive whose two youngest children suffered from Pompe disease, a form of muscular dystrophy that had alwa...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING Black Dynamite (R) Michael Jai White co-writes and stars in this sendup of 1970s blaxploitation flicks as an action hero out to avenge his brother’s murder. Also with Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Kevin Chapman, Nic...