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Blue Valentine: Heartbreak Hotel

In love or at war, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are magnificent.
KRISTIAN LIN
Just as falling in love is a part of life, so too is breaking up. Yet most movies leave the subject of breakups in the background, if they address it at all. A breakup often happens to the heroine at the beginning of the movie,...


Country Strong: Let It Go

This music drama’s wasted potential is sad enough for a country song.
KRISTIAN LIN
The pre-World War II film director Howard Hawks once said that a good movie consisted of three good scenes and no bad ones. Country Strong has two very good scenes and a ton of bad ones. It is, on balance, a bad movie, but itâ€...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blue Valentine (R) Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in Derek Cianfrance’s drama about a couple who fall in love, then end their marriage six years later. Also with Faith Wladyka, Mike Vogel, and Ben Shenkman. ...


The Best Performances of 2010

A tribute to the leading actors who dazzled us in this year’s movies.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sheesh, given how lukewarm audiences have been to the popcorn movies that Hollywood has been putting out lately, you’d think the studios would have rushed some Oscar-contending prestige pictures into the theaters this week to...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Casino Jack (R) Taking up the same subject as the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money earlier this year, this fictionalized version of real events stars Kevin Spacey as crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff...


The Top 10 Movies of 2010

Inception headlines a dream year for films.
KRISTIAN LIN
In my list of top 10 movies last year, I took note of a resurgence in American films. That continued this year, and even the entries in my top 10 from Canada (No. 3) or Britain (No. 4) would have been impossible without America...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rabbit Hole (PG-13) Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star in John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about a married couple trying to cope with the recent death of their young son. Also wit...


When You Find a Film With True Grit

The Coen brothers make an old Western new.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Coen brothers have become rather full of their own philosophy lately, using a series of otherwise widely divergent movies (No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man) to proclaim that we live in a cold, hosti...



The King’s Speech: Voice of the People

Colin Firth rules as a royal with a speaking problem.
KRISTIAN LIN
The intelligent, foursquare British drama The King’s Speech is currently racking up all manner of awards and citations, and while it’s not one of the year’s best movies, its lead performance deserves all the praise it’s...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The King’s Speech (R) Colin Firth stars in this drama as Britain’s King George VI, who struggles to overcome a speech impediment when he unexpectedly must assume the throne. Also with Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey...