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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chloe (R) Atom Egoyan’s remake of Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie … stars Julianne Moore as a woman who suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) of infidelity and hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to test him. ...


Greenberg: Roger That

Ben Stiller is a bastard in this excellent drama about a failure.
KRISTIAN LIN
Two things you should know off the bat about Greenberg. First, it’s a deeply unlikable movie. Second, I liked it. You see, most movies have main characters who are nice people, because moviegoers tend to prefer the company of...



Crouching Vikings, Hidden Dragon

A kids’ book series becomes … an Iraq war allegory?
KRISTIAN LIN
The new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon takes its title and the names of its characters from a successful series of novels by Cressida Cowell, but otherwise you’d have a hard time recognizing the books as the source o...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Repo Men (R) Jude Law stars in this sci-fi thriller as a man who repossesses new replacement human organs when their owners default on their payments. Also with Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Liev Schreiber, Carice van ...



The Runaways: Jett Trail

The queens of noise make rock history. Kristen Stewart rocks out.
KRISTIAN LIN
She can’t get away with it forever, but for now, Kristen Stewart can play the living crap out of these awkward, unpolished adolescent girls who don’t yet know what to do with themselves. That’s what I thought while watchi...


School Sucks for Wimpy Kid

The preteen hero of this movie is uncool. Sadly, so is the movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
The clunky family movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid shares its title with a successful series of novels by Jeff Kinney, though the plot comes only from the first book. The wimpy kid in the title is Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), an 11...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Green Zone (R) Matt Damon stars in this thriller as a U.S. Army officer in the early days of the Iraq war who goes rogue while trying to find weapons of mass destruction. Also with Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ry...


The Ghost Writer: A Real Roman à Clef

Polanski’s thriller happily skewers the war on terror.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’ve had examples of prison literature throughout history, but The Ghost Writer may be the closest we’ve ever had to prison filmmaking. Roman Polanski shot the footage prior to his arrest last year, after which he proceede...



Remember Me: An Affair to Forget

Robert Pattinson is stranded in this cheap romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” I’m not sure to what extent that applies to movies, but one reason sincerity doesn’t carry a lot of currency with me is that I’ve seen so many bad...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Alice in Wonderland (PG) Tim Burton’s reworking of Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale stars Mia Wasikowska as a 19-year-old Alice who returns to the enchanted land of her previous adventures to do battle with the Red Queen...