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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Waiting for “Superman” (PG) The latest documentary by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) details the failings of the American public education system. (Opens Friday)


Funny Story: Rate My Zach

Galifianakis shines in an overly facile mental illness movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are people who don’t care much for Zach Galifianakis. They look at the 41-year-old standup comic — either on stage or in films like The Hangover and Dinner for Schmucks — and see a bearded slob doing cringe-worthy b...



Life As We (Don’t) Know It

Diva Katherine Heigl kicks and screams her way into a ridiculous mess.
JIMMY FOWLER
Katherine Heigl is famous, in part, for dissing the TV show and movie that made her famous. She notoriously withdrew an acting Emmy bid for Grey’s Anatomy because she thought the writing for that season was subpar. She compla...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Buried (R) Ryan Reynolds stars in this thriller as a man who finds himself buried alive in a coffin. Also with Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis, José Luis García Pérez, and Erik Palladino. (Opens Friday in Dallas)



Let Me In: “I’ve Been 12 for a Long Time”

All the vampire movies just got their asses handed to them.
KRISTIAN LIN
The insinuating Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In took the world (including the 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival) by storm, and ever since an American remake was announced, fans of Tomas Alfredson’s origina...


I Like The Social Network

Citizen Kane meets Revenge of the Nerds. It’s ridiculously entertaining.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let me start by telling you what The Social Network isn’t, because it’s a lot of things you might not expect. First of all, it’s not really about Facebook, even though many people are calling this “the Facebook movie....



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Catfish (PG-13) Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s possibly staged documentary about Nev Schulman and his attempts to date a woman he met on the internet who may not be what she claims to be. Also with Rel Schulman and...


Wall Street Sequel: Gekko Insurance

A money man returns (our investment) after 23 years.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s an example of overthinking. Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 hit Wall Street is entitled Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The subtitle refers to a line by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the original, which the se...



Legend of the Guardians: Hoot and a Holler

Zack Snyder goes animated in this owlish action picture.
KRISTIAN LIN
Live-action filmmakers have been getting into animation lately, but only the ones who have a strongly developed and distinctive cinematic style (like Tim Burton or Wes Anderson) have found it worth the trouble. That’s what Za...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Extra Man (R) Kevin Kline stars in this comedy by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) as a failed playwright-turned-social escort to wealthy New Yorkers who mentors an aspiring playwright (...