Film

Denis the Menaced

KRISTIAN LIN
For years I detested Chris Columbus, the Hollywood director who spent the 1990s turning out sanitized, highly profitable family farces (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire) and then spent the early part of this decade bloating the first...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Brothers Bloom (PG-13) There’s much to admire and much to feel uneasy about in this comedy-thriller about two adopted brothers and con artists (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who run a complex scheme to bilk ...



Kvetch

KRISTIAN LIN
“If you’re stupid enough to want a feel-good movie, go get yourself a foot massage,” says Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) to the camera early in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. Well, I am stupid enough, and...


G-Mann

KRISTIAN LIN
Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies, is based on Bryan Burrough’s voluminous history of the early days of the FBI, when the fledgling bureau spent 1933-35 bringing down John Dillinger, the Karpis/Barker gang,...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chéri (R) Dangerous Liaisons director Stephen Frears, writer Christopher Hampton, and star Michelle Pfeiffer reunite for this drama about a retired Parisian courtesan in the 1900s who falls in love with a rival’...


Go, ‘Bots

COLE WILLIAMS
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a sequel to a movie based on a cartoon based on a toyline. Dubious source material to some folks. Yet despite what some critics may say, source material has only so much to do with how goo...



A Season With Verona

KRISTIAN LIN
Away We Go is directed by Sam Mendes, but you’d never guess that this scruffy comedy was by the same guy whose previous dramas Revolutionary Road and Road to Perdition were as meticulously arranged as any fashion show and...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Enlighten Up! (NR) Kate Churchill’s documentary about her own disastrous plan to turn her skeptical friend (Nick Rosen) into a yoga practitioner. (Opens Friday in Dallas)



Marital Tate

KRISTIAN LIN
The Proposal makes an instructive contract with Management, the film that opened and promptly closed last month. Both movies are about the romantic travails of a woman of a certain age, portrayed by a likable star whom we’...


Cowardly Custard

KRISTIAN LIN
Wildly popular in their own time, Noël Coward’s stage comedies fell from favor in the 1960s and have been struggling ever since. His pieces of light entertainment were never as acute or socially conscious as George Berna...