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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...


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...