Film

I, Robot

KRISTIAN LIN
The Terminator was about time-traveling robots from the future sent to kill an unborn child named John Connor before he could grow up to be a man and defeat them in a future war between humans and machines. Through the decades,...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Angels & Demons (PG-13) Better than The Da Vinci Code at least. Tom Hanks returns with a more sensible haircut for this sequel as a Harvard professor who’s called in by the Vatican to use the clues in a set o...



Vacant Rooms

KRISTIAN LIN
I’ll admit it, Management got to me. To the naked eye, this low-budget film may look like a cookie-cutter Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, and that’s exactly what it is for long stretches, especially at the beginni...


Fútbol Flop

KRISTIAN LIN
It’s hard to make a sports film with real originality. How do you resist the siren call of the genre’s cliches: the tough but all-knowing coach, the supportive girlfriend, the big game? How do you avoid those traps ...



Magician’s Assistant

KRISTIAN LIN
I’m rather enjoying Michael Caine’s late career. In this decade, he’s done excellent work providing levity in dark films like Children of Men and the last two Batman movies. However, this 76-year-old actor has...


Maiden Voyage

KRISTIAN LIN
I am not a Star Trek fan. I hung out with a lot of them growing up, but I managed to miss all the TV shows and most of the movies through the years. Next to the whiz-bang appeal of the Star Wars series, Trek‘s more cerebr...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:The Limits of Control (R) Jim Jarmusch’s latest film stars Isaach de Bankolé as a criminal who delivers mysterious suitcases to various destinations around the world. Also with Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael Garc...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Is Anybody There? (PG-13) John Crowley (Intermission, Boy A) directs this drama about a morbid 10-year-old English boy (Bill Milner) who befriends a retired magician (Michael Caine), the newest resident in the nursing ...



Mala Day

KRISTIAN LIN
The latest and certainly the least of the recent 3-D movies, Battle for Terra is directed by Canadian animator Aristomenis Tsirbas, based on an award-winning short film that he made six years ago. The latter’s computer an...


Wedding Carol

KRISTIAN LIN
What can be done with Matthew McConaughey at this point? Back at the beginning of his acting career, in Dazed and Confused, he played a character who bragged about getting older while his girlfriends stayed the same age.