Film

Despicable Me: One to Gru On

A supervillain isn’t so bad, and neither is this animated film.
KRISTIAN LIN
The trailer for Inception has caused a stir in movieland by being mysterious and not giving away too much of the movie’s plot. Well, the trailers for the animated 3-D kids’ movie Despicable Me have been playing in theaters ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Last Airbender (PG) M. Night Shyamalan’s big-screen live-action version of the animated kids’ TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender stars Noah Ringer as a boy with mystical powers who must prevent a warlike nation...



Eclipse: Lady Ante Bella

The third Twilight movie is the best so far, for what that’s worth.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Twilight movies have frustrated me, not because they’re made out of junk but for the opposite reason. Stephenie Meyer’s mega-selling series of novels gets unfairly knocked because the fan base is mostly teen and pre-tee...


A Solitary Man Goes Back to School

Michael Douglas tries to hold back the years in this mild comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Since the turn of the new century, Michael Douglas has gradually been phasing himself out of the stardom that he enjoyed in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when he often played angry white men under siege. These days, he’s ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (R) This Korean Western by Kim Ji-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters) stars Jung Woo-sung, Lee Byung-hyun, and Song Kang-ho as outlaws in 1930s Manchuria who fight each other, Chinese bandits,...


Knight and Day: Up in the Air

Cruise and Diaz star in this action-comedy. What’s it about, again?
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not in the habit of using the word “piffle.” Yet that sprang to mind as I was watching Knight and Day, and the more I thought about it, the more appropriate the outdated word seemed. This plush escapist thriller/roman...



Dragon Tattoo: I Love Playing with Fire

Revenge is Swede in this film version of the hot detective novel.
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s not every week that a Swedish novelist who’s been dead for six years makes the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Such is the engrossing power of Stieg Larsson’s posthumously published Millennium trilogy of Swedish-langu...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Jonah Hex (PG-13) Josh Brolin stars in this Western based on a comic-book series about a facially scarred, supernaturally powered bounty hunter who’s contracted by the U.S. government to stop an old nemesis (John Mal...



Pixar Re-Opens Its Toy Chest

Toy Story 3 can’t match the first two, but it’s fun.
KRISTIAN LIN
The following statement is true –– and also pretty much meaningless: Toy Story 3 is the weakest Pixar movie in the last 10 years. It’s true, because the movie never achieves the emotional weight of so many of its fellow P...


Please Give Weaves a Guilt-Edged Story

Charity begins at home in this richly observed comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
If there’s any doubt that Nicole Holofcener should have filmed the Sex and the City movie, her latest comedy Please Give should remove it. The independent filmmaker directed episodes of the TV show in the 1990s, presumably to...