Film

Few Shocks in A Surprise in Texas

A documentary on last year’s Cliburn: You really had to be there.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let’s get this out of the way: The reason A Surprise in Texas is getting a theatrical release is because a blind guy won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last summer. Don’t believe me? Nobuyuki Tsujii is the ...


Letters to Juliet: Under the Tuscan Suck

This overcooked Italian romance is like the food at the Olive Garden.
KRISTIAN LIN
Amanda Seyfried is clearly bidding to become America’s romantic-comedy sweetheart, and I’m afraid that she’ll succeed at it. The 24-year-old with the feline eyes and quick smile definitely has the talents to do it, but th...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) The reclusive street artist known as Banksy directs this documentary about French amateur documentarian Thierry Guetta and his futile attempts to meet Banksy. Also with Rhys Ifans and She...


Babies: I Was Born, But …

This oh-so-cute documentary throws out the baby with the bath.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t have children. If I did, I’d probably see many movies differently. Take Babies, for instance. This documentary has drawn plenty of oohs and awws from festival audiences, publicity screenings, and the like. Since I...



City Island: An Actor Prevaricates

This little indie film should have confined its drama to the stage.
KRISTIAN LIN
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta made an excellent movie in 2000 called Two Family House, a drama that drew heavily on his early life and his memories of his dad. Since then he’s made only three films, including this one an...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: City Island (PG-13) Andy Garcia stars in this comedy as the head of a Bronx family that’s riddled with secrets. Also with Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Alan Arkin, Dominik García-Lorido, Ezra Miller, and Emily ...



La Mission Is Missin’

A stalwart cast can’t redeem Peter Bratt’s maudlin San Francisco affair.
JIMMY FOWLER
Watching La Mission is a real whiplash experience. Writer-director Peter Bratt’s second feature follows intense, emotionally resonant scenes with moments that are so ham-fisted and underdeveloped, you have to stifle a giggle....


The Losers Is a Lost Cause

Logic goes out the window in this crappy shoot-’em-up.
STEVE STEWARD
Based on an award-winning, Vertigo-published comic, The Losers is about a top-secret Special Forces unit’s quest for revenge on a shadowy figure named Max (Jason Patric), who ordered the commandos’ death following a mission...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Losers (PG-13) Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Idris Elba star as leaders of a CIA black ops team trying to discover who sold them out. Also with Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric....


The Joneses: Life Is a TV Commercial

This satire doesn’t keep up with its early promise.
KRISTIAN LIN
You may have gotten your dose of movie satire last weekend at Kick-Ass. If that’s the case, I’m betting you had a better time than I did. I went to see The Joneses, which starts off quite well. That makes it all the more di...