Film

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 Yet that sprang to mind as I was watching Knight and Day, and the more I thought about it, the more appropriate the outdated word seemed.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...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The A-Team (PG-13) The big-screen version of the 1980s TV show about four wrongly convicted fugitives (Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) hiring themselves out as soldiers o...



The Karate Kid: Kung Fu Shuffle

Rest easy, Daniel-san. This remake is a worthy successor.
KRISTIAN LIN
All right, this is bugging me: Why is this movie entitled The Karate Kid? I understand why the filmmakers would want to keep the title of the 1984 movie that they were remaking, but this new version is set in China and revolves...


David Lowery Creates a Mood

A local filmmaker goes a different, quieter route.
KRISTIAN LIN
Since so many locally produced films are cheap horror flicks, it’s refreshing to see something like David Patrick Lowery’s St. Nick, a drama about two runaway children that aims for gentle lyricism and achieves visual beaut...