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Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Everything Must Go (R) The recipient of a surprise screening at last year’s Lone Star Film Festival, this drama stars Will Ferrell as an alcoholic, recently unemployed man who keeps his possessions out on his front l...


Bridesmaids Takes the Cake

Put on your ugliest dress to watch the comedy of the season.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s no shortage of recent comedy films that revolve around male friendship, so where are the equivalent movies about women? When it comes to comedies about adult female characters that don’t primarily focus on romance, ...



Thor: Good God Almighty

Can Kenneth Branagh make a comic book movie? Thertainly!
KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone seems surprised that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor. Well, I’m not. True, he made his name directing and starring in a string of cinematic Shakespeare adaptations in the 1990s, but his love for the classics always...


Happy Couples (More or Less)

Jumping the Broom trumps both Tyler Perry and Something Borrowed.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wedding season is upon us. Can you stand it? After the big blowout nuptials in London dominated our TV screens last week, we have two movies about weddings this week, and next week another one arrives. (That’s the best one, b...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Beaver (PG-13) Jodie Foster directs and co-stars in this film about a business executive (Mel Gibson) who suffers a mental breakdown and communicates with the world solely through his beaver hand puppet. Also with ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (PG-13) Brandon Routh stars in this adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi’s comic book series about a supernatural private eye investigating crimes by vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Also with Sam ...



Super: Frank’s Last Shot

This movie is not Kick-Ass. It’s an intriguing, flawed latecomer.
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s a chestnut, but it does bear repeating: Sometimes getting there first matters most. The comic-book satire Super reaches us about a year after Kick-Ass did, and it definitely comes off looking late to the superhero costum...


Red Rides Again: Hoodwinked Too!

Here’s a long-delayed sequel to an animated film you probably forgot.
KRISTIAN LIN
Before I saw the needlessly subtitled Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, I watched the original Hoodwinked, the animated film that came out way back in 2005. Though I still appreciated the ingeniousness of its flashback structure, ...



Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Super (NR) James Gunn’s black comedy stars Rainn Wilson as an ordinary man who sets out to fight crime as a masked superhero. Also with Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, Linda Cardellini, and Nathan...


Certified Copy: Love Among the Ruins

An Iranian master does his thing in Italy.
KRISTIAN LIN
In a small Tuscan village, we see an elderly Frenchman apparently yelling abuse at his wife in the middle of the piazza. But then they shift positions slightly, and we can see that the target of his ire isn’t his wife but rat...