Film

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.



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Earth (G) Alastair Fothergill and Mike Linfield’s documentary about the impact of global warming on polar bears, humpback whales, cranes, and African elephants. (Opens Wednesday)


American Express

KRISTIAN LIN
A multiple prize-winner at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival, Sin Nombre is a drama that aims for a documentary’s texture of real life. It takes place on an arduous train journey that many Central American ...