Film

You Lie!

KRISTIAN LIN
It sounds like a dry business story. In the early 1990s, Mark Whitacre, a division president at agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland, told the FBI that his firm was illegally fixing the prices of chemical fertilizers and f...


Need to Feed

KRISTIAN LIN
I can’t remember the last time an Academy Award-winning screenwriter followed up her Oscar victory with a cheap horror flick. That indeed describes Jennifer’s Body, the second screenwriting effort from Diablo Cody. ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Big Fan (R) The directing debut of screenwriter Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler) stars Patton Oswalt as a die-hard New York Giants fan who’s plunged into a crisis when he’s beaten up by his favorite player. ...


Worn Out

COLE WILLIAMS
Man, was I looking forward to this. A CGI movie about live rag dolls fighting terrifying junkyard robots in a post-apocalyptic future? Sign me up. Different and darkly atmospheric, 9 didn’t quite look like it would be for...



Outback Symphony

KRISTIAN LIN
The earnest and completely uninventive Australian drama Broken Hill is about Tommy McAlpine (Luke Arnold, an Australian TV star who strongly resembles Adrian Grenier), a teenager who dreams of becoming a composer as he grows up...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Gamer (R) The latest action film by Neveldine + Taylor (Crank) stars Gerard Butler as a man who’s forced to kill other people as a manipulated player in a giant multiplayer video game. Also with Amber Valletta, M...



Judge for Yourself

KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve never been a huge fan of Mike Judge’s movies. The satirist got his start on TV with Beavis and Butt-Head and of course has spent the last 12 years providing the voice of Hank Hill on King of the Hill. His spora...


News Stalk

KRISTIAN LIN
The deceptively advertised Sandra Bullock-starring romantic comedy All About Steve has had its release date delayed more than once, but now seems like a good time to put it out, what with its leading man, Bradley Cooper, having...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Afghan Star (NR) Havana Marking’s documentary about the contestants who risk their lives to perform in an American Idol-style TV show in Afghanistan. (Opens Friday in Dallas)


Lost in the Stars

KRISTIAN LIN
The title of Adam refers to Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy), who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. If you don’t know what Asperger’s is, this well-intentioned but unsatisfying drama does a fair job of introducing you t...