Film

Conviction Has Courage, Lacks Craft

A true story becomes this plodding, unoriginal legal drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hilary Swank stars in Conviction as a woman who launches a more or less single-handed assault on the legal system, and this suffocating, curiously overpraised drama provides compelling evidence of her artistic decline.


Rutherford, Yager Make Changes

Two local filmmakers raise funds for their first feature.
KRISTIAN LIN
Side by side, Burt Rutherford and Tim Yager look like a mismatched comedy duo, best friends who couldn’t look any more different. The two filmmakers have known each other since attending Rowlett High School together. They lau...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Howl (NR) James Franco stars in this dramatized account of the obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg following publication of his 1957 poem. Also with Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Wi...


Clint and Woody Have Psychic Visions

Death, too, thou shalt die in these movies by old hands.
KRISTIAN LIN
In their latest movies, Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen are thinking about the great beyond. Of course, it isn’t unusual that filmmakers aged 80 (Eastwood) and 74 (Allen) would have their minds on mortality. These particular g...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Man From Nowhere (NR) Not to be confused with Nowhere Boy, this Korean crime thriller stars Won Bin as an ex-con who’s caught up when he discovers his neighbor is using her young daughter (Kim Sae-ron) as a drug ...


I’ve Gone Bright Red

Mark this senior citizen spy thriller as flawed but enjoyable.
KRISTIAN LIN
Plush and inoffensive, Red is based on a relatively obscure graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, but it bears very little resemblance to its source. Ellis’ bare-bones narrative and Hamner’s hard-edged illustratio...



Nowhere Boy: It’s Real Love

Aaron Johnson kicks ass as the young John Lennon.
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s mesmerizing to watch Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy. The extraordinarily pretty 20-year-old has been performing on screen since his childhood, but the native of High Wycombe, England, didn’t gain wide exposure until he p...


Driving the Limit

Pixar shifts into a lower gear and makes Cars into a leisurely scenic outing.
Kristian Lin
You could hear the tiniest stirrings of something on the internet about Cars. Not necessarily a backlash but something smaller: criticism of the movie’s trailer, saying the jokes were too cutesy and the cars with eyes in thei...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Waiting for “Superman” (PG) The latest documentary by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) details the failings of the American public education system. (Opens Friday)


Funny Story: Rate My Zach

Galifianakis shines in an overly facile mental illness movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are people who don’t care much for Zach Galifianakis. They look at the 41-year-old standup comic — either on stage or in films like The Hangover and Dinner for Schmucks — and see a bearded slob doing cringe-worthy b...