Film

Mad Money

KRISTIAN LIN
Madea Goes to Jail is Tyler Perry’s seventh film as writer or director in only four years. In that short period of time, his filmmaking has shown noticeable improvement. His movies now look much better, they’re edit...


Dogs of War

KRISTIAN LIN
The genre-busting animated documentary Waltz With Bashir was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, but last week it lost to the Japanese film Okuribito (Departures). Who knows? Maybe Yojiro Takita’s drama really ...



But I’m a Cheer-leader

KRISTIAN LIN
Fired Up is a comedy about cheerleading, which immediately places it in danger of being overshadowed. The makers of this film find a creative way to acknowledge the 800-pound cheerleading movie in the room by having its charact...


Compañero

KRISTIAN LIN
The prospect of a four-and-a-half hour film about Ernesto “Ché” Guevara is enough to make everyone quail except unreconstructed Latin American Communists and the hardiest cinephiles. This is true even though itR...



Financial Times

KRISTIAN LIN
It’s easy to read too much into the similarities between a movie and the moment that it comes out. Two markedly different movies out this week – Confessions of a Shopaholic and The International – seem to spea...


Eye Popper

KRISTIAN LIN
For Hollywood this year, 3-D filmmaking seems to be the new old wave. At least 12 more 3-D movies are slated to hit our theaters before next January, including Pixar’s Up, DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens,...



KP Duty

KRISTIAN LIN
Unlike most of the local filmmakers I profile, John Venable is someone I’ve known for a long time. That’s because he’s a film critic for his own website, www.supercala.com, and I’ve chatted with him on o...


Not So Minny Laughs

KRISTIAN LIN
The whole time I was watching New in Town, I was wondering why Renée Zellweger didn’t fit her role. In this throwaway comedy she plays Lucy, a Miami-based executive for a food conglomerate who’s sent to Minnesota j...



Ram Jam

KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone’s calling The Wrestler a comeback vehicle for Mickey Rourke, but he hasn’t really been away. He has worked steadily in this decade, and younger viewers probably know him as the deep-voiced, muscle-bound cha...


Alien vs. Viking

KRISTIAN LIN
First of all, Outlander has nothing to do with Highlander. It’s the sort of movie that reminds you that the line can be very fine between inspired creative lunacy and a really stupid idea. This overlong swords-sandals-and...