Film

Training Day

JIMMY FOWLER
Every big-budget action thriller needs a villain who artfully represents the audience’s fear du jour. As Ryder, the subway-hijacking financial terrorist of Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, John Travolta sinc...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Adoration (R) Atom Egoyan’s latest film is about a high-school student (Devon Bostick) who uses his French class assignment to unearth buried family secrets. Also with Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Kenneth We...



Big Fat Mess

JIMMY FOWLER
A few years ago, a studio would’ve dropped a piece of dreck like My Life in Ruins into a graveyard movie month like March and then hoped to get a return from pay cable and DVD profits. But recent so-called “chick fl...


What Happens in Vegas…

KRISTIAN LIN
Ever have one of those fits of hysterical laughter, when you’re utterly terrified and yet somehow laughing instead of screaming? I had one of those during The Hangover, when its three main characters returned to their hot...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Anvil! The Story of Anvil (NR) Sacha Gervasi’s documentary follows the 1980s Canadian heavy metal band in the present day as they return from a European tour and make one last attempt at a comeback. (Opens Friday...


Sigh-orama

COLE WILLIAMS
Confession time: I love summer movies. I grew up on Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and the first run of Batman movies. I’d rather watch monsters eat people and spaceships blow up than a divorcĂ©e struggling to readapt t...



Housing Balloon

KRISTIAN LIN
The best part of Pixar’s new movie Up comes early on. The film starts with its main character, Carl Fredericksen, as a little boy in the 1930s who meets a little girl named Ellie. After their initial meeting, the story gi...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Brothers Bloom (PG-13) The second film by writer-director Rian Johnson (Brick) stars Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo as adopted brothers and con artists who aim to swindle an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) out of h...



Disney’s World

KRISTIAN LIN
His name “gets attention,” said Andrew Disney, a Fort Worth native who’s only distantly related to the famous Disneys. “People remember it. It’s a conversation starter. I’m even in a Facebook...


I, Robot

KRISTIAN LIN
The Terminator was about time-traveling robots from the future sent to kill an unborn child named John Connor before he could grow up to be a man and defeat them in a future war between humans and machines. Through the decades,...