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Another Year: If It Makes You Happy

A troubled Mary upstages Tom and Gerri’s show in this British drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Mary works as a secretary at a medical clinic in London. She’s somewhere in her 40s or 50s, it’s hard to say. However old she is, she’s still quite beautiful, full of energy, and a lot of fun at parties. That’s in small...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Biutiful (R) The latest drama by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) stars Javier Bardem as a small-time criminal in Barcelona seeking redemption before he dies. Also with Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib,...



Rabbit Hole: Childless Parents

The drama is only above-average in this story of bereavement.
KRISTIAN LIN
Whither the prestige picture? I’m talking about straightforward, visually handsome, modestly budgeted films that feature a few high-powered actors tackling weighty issues, usually working from a script with a literary or thea...


The Rite Is Wrong

Anthony Hopkins’ hamming is the scariest thing in this exorcism flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
In the past I wondered whether they were running out of titles for movies that take place on submarines. Now I’m wondering whether they’re running out of titles for exorcism movies. This latest one is called The Rite, and i...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Way Back (PG-13) Colin Farrell and Ed Harris star in Peter Weir’s historical drama about escapees from a Siberian gulag who walked 4,000 miles to freedom in India. Also with Jim Sturgess, Mark Strong, Dragos Bucu...


Phillip Morris: Liar Liar

Jim Carrey’s back on his game in this gay caper flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of 2010’s most charming movies is I Love You Phillip Morris, the demonic gay bastard child of The Informant! and Brokeback Mountain. This madcap caper film played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews that, a...



Evangelion: Dark Angels

The second film in this anime series is strictly for hardcore fans.
KRISTIAN LIN
“By now, Seele must be aware of NERV’s ultimate goal.” “That won’t stop us from doing what we must do, even if it means opposing God’s Logos.” I heard that exchange early in the anime film Evangelion: 2.0 (cryptic...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Dilemma (PG-13) Vince Vaughn stars in Ron Howard’s comedy as a man trying to figure out how to inform his best friend (Kevin James) that his wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him. Also with Jennifer Connelly, Ch...



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 it...