Film

MacGruber: The ’80s Live! (Sort Of)

A SNL action hero bumbles onto the big screen.
KRISTIAN LIN
What a strange trip it’s been for MacGruber. At first, a movie made from the recurring series of Saturday Night Live sketches seemed like an astoundingly bad idea. On the small screen, the two-dollar set and the repetitive na...


Sex and the City 2: Hanging On

Despite bad writing, the franchise keeps its buddy-buddy heart.
COLE WILLIAMS
Sex and the City 2 picks up two years after the first, with the wedding of Stanford (Willie Garson) and Anthony (Mario Cantone), Carrie’s and Charlotte’s gay best friends. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and John “...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Multiple Sarcasms (R) Timothy Hutton stars in this drama by first-time filmmaker Brooks Branch (is that a pseudonym?) as a successful architect who dreams of becoming a playwright. Also with Dana Delany, Mira Sorvino, ...


Racing Dreams: You’ve Got a Fast Kart

This documentary follows three kids with visions of NASCAR.
KRISTIAN LIN
How cool is it that we’ve had so many notable documentaries showing at our multiplexes lately? There’s even better news: Racing Dreams is the best of the lot.



Shrek Forever After: Fairy-Tale Ending

The ogre’s saga winds to a nice Rumpeled conclusion.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sobering reflection of the day: The little kids who are old enough to remember seeing the original Shrek in theaters are teenagers now. Similarly, the young men who made the original film have aged into young fatherhood, and th...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Robin Hood (PG-13) Russell Crowe re-teams with director Ridley Scott in this latest version of the adventure tale. Also with Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, Mark Add...



Few Shocks in A Surprise in Texas

A documentary on last year’s Cliburn: You really had to be there.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let’s get this out of the way: The reason A Surprise in Texas is getting a theatrical release is because a blind guy won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last summer. Don’t believe me? Nobuyuki Tsujii is the ...


Letters to Juliet: Under the Tuscan Suck

This overcooked Italian romance is like the food at the Olive Garden.
KRISTIAN LIN
Amanda Seyfried is clearly bidding to become America’s romantic-comedy sweetheart, and I’m afraid that she’ll succeed at it. The 24-year-old with the feline eyes and quick smile definitely has the talents to do it, but th...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) The reclusive street artist known as Banksy directs this documentary about French amateur documentarian Thierry Guetta and his futile attempts to meet Banksy. Also with Rhys Ifans and She...


Babies: I Was Born, But …

This oh-so-cute documentary throws out the baby with the bath.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t have children. If I did, I’d probably see many movies differently. Take Babies, for instance. This documentary has drawn plenty of oohs and awws from festival audiences, publicity screenings, and the like. Since I...