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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bright Star (PG) Jane Campion’s admirable but frustrating historical romance stars Ben Whishaw as the poet John Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne, the woman he fell in love with shortly before his death. Th...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Amreeka (PG-13) Cherien Dabis’ dramedy stars Nisreen Faour as a single Palestinian mother trying to restart her life in a small town in Illinois. Also with Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Jenna Kawar, Selena Haddad,...



Bride of Quietness

KRISTIAN LIN
I saw Bright Star a month ago and was bored by it, but the rapturous reviews Jane Campion’s biographical drama has been receiving in other quarters made me go back last week and see it again. Sure enough, a second viewing...


That Hamilton Woman

KRISTIAN LIN
Older viewers will remember George Hamilton as a maximally tanned, minimally talented Hollywood actor whose fame in the 1970s and ’80s was completely out of proportion to anything he actually did on the screen. (The high ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bright Star (PG) Jane Campion’s dramatization of the romance between the poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Also with Paul Schneider, Thomas Sangster, Samuel Barnett, and Kerry Fox. (...


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...