Film

The Expendables: One Country for Old Men

Stallone and his middle-aged crew blow stuff up.
KRISTIAN LIN
All you need to know about The Expendables is that it delivers exactly what you would expect, no less and no more: terrible dialogue, macho posturing and male bonding, flying bullets and explosions, and enough testosterone flyi...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Concert (PG-13) Radu Mihaileanu’s comedy about a former Russian symphony conductor-turned-janitor (Alexei Guskov) who gathers his old musicians together to accept an invitation to play in Paris. Also with Mélani...



Middle Men: The Internet Is for Porn

This movie is for cheap moralism and bad history.
KRISTIAN LIN
Middle Men’s version of history is a lie. According to this movie, it was the pornographers who invented online shopping before the major retailers or credit card companies cracked the problem. If that were true, it would mea...


Charlie St. Cloud: Sailing Takes Me Away

Zac Efron stumbles — and we learn — in this weeper.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sometimes being a film critic means being a straight guy who spends hours pondering the meaning of Zac Efron. It’s not that bad, actually. Say what you want to about the High School Musical series, the actor who catapulted to...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) Zac Efron stars in this drama as a young man who’s paralyzed by grief after his younger brother (Charlie Tahan) dies beside him in a car accident. Also with Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal...


The Kids Are All Right: Laser Has Two Mommies

A family of four (plus sperm donor) equals a great comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I heard that Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were playing a lesbian couple in a movie, I thought, “That sounds like it’ll work.” Then I saw the trailer for the movie and thought, “That looks like it’ll work.”...



Dinner for Schmucks: American Idiot

Steve Carell has some nice gags at this meal.
KRISTIAN LIN
Maybe the best part of Dinner for Schmucks is the opening credit sequence. It shows the construction of an elaborate diorama, depicting a daytime scene in a park populated by stuffed mice that have been dressed in tiny costumes...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: South of the Border (NR) Oliver Stone’s documentary portrait of seven Latin American leaders, including Raúl Castro, Hugo Chávez, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Evo Morales, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Opens...



Los Angeles Thames

A TCU graduate works behind the camera and in front.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even over the phone, Jay Thames is a massive presence. He has a sandblaster of a voice, and his words come tumbling out with the force of a river rapid as he relates colorful anecdotes — frequently in colorful language — ab...


I Can See Cleary Now: Ramona and Beezus

A brave pest finally gets her movie, and it does some good things.
KRISTIAN LIN
The shadow of America’s recession hangs heavily over Ramona and Beezus. Wow, that’s a portentous opening sentence. It’s true, though — the very first film adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s beloved kids’ books shows the...