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Mr. Popper’s Penguins Flop

Could the arctic birds – and not Jim Carrey – explain this movie’s downfall?
COLE SMITHEY
Loosely based on Florence Atwater’s 1938 children’s book of the same name, Mr. Popper’s Penguins never completely gels. But that doesn’t stop Jim Carrey from using everything in his arsenal of comic physicality to keep ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beginners (R) This autobiographical drama by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) stars Ewan McGregor as a man who’s shocked when his terminally ill, recently widowed father (Christopher Plummer) comes out of the closet. Also wi...



Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

The iconic filmmaker’s latest is a valentine to the City of Light.
COLE WILLIAMS
So I’ve now seen two Woody Allen movies, the first being 1973’s Sleeper. I saw that when I was in high school, when the film was already nearly two decades old. The second is his latest, Midnight in Paris, and I can tell I...


Potiche Power

Even the mighty Catherine Deneuve can’t charm her way out of this French farce.
COLIN BOYD
Between them, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, the stars of Potiche, have a whopping four wins and 27 nominations for the César Awards, France’s version of the Oscars. In fact, Deneuve’s 11th nomination was for her...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Tree of Life (PG-13) Terrence Malick’s drama is about a present-day man (Sean Penn) contemplating the loss of his innocence growing up in the 1950s. Also with Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Larami...


Superpowers Falter in the New X-Men

This reboot is just good enough in spots to disappoint you.
KRISTIAN LIN
Well, crap. I had such high hopes for X-Men: First Class. The fifth entry in this loosely connected series features the return of Bryan Singer, the filmmaker behind the excellent first two X-Men movies, as a story writer and pr...



The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
KRISTIAN LIN
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Incendies (R) A nominee for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play stars Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette as Canadian twins who travel to ...



Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
STEVE STEWARD
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush return for this fourth adventure as two pirates searching for the fountain of youth. Also with Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNall...