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I Can See Cleary Now: Ramona and Beezus

A brave pest finally gets her movie, and it does some good things.
KRISTIAN LIN
The shadow of America’s recession hangs heavily over Ramona and Beezus. Wow, that’s a portentous opening sentence. It’s true, though — the very first film adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s beloved kids’ books shows the...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Killer Inside Me (R) Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s novel stars Casey Affleck as a sheriff’s deputy who is revealed to be behind a string of psychopathic murders in West Texas in the 1950...



Inception Puts You in a Sleeper Hold

Christopher Nolan and his dream team melt your mind.
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s often said that movies don’t obey the logic of the real world but the logic of dreams. Take Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight — the movie falls apart if you think of the Joker as operating by the same rules as al...


Your Mom Loves You Too Much, Cyrus

A boy’s best friend is his mother in this indie comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve had your fill of comedies that feature men who are unable or unwilling to grow up, you should really check out Cyrus. This lo-fi comedy with big-name stars takes that notion to a logical extreme and does so in a dis...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Girl Who Played With Fire (R) The sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo stars Michael Nyqvist as a Swedish journalist who finds his investigative partner (Noomi Rapace) the accused party in a high-profile murde...


Winter’s Bone: Welcome to the Dolly House

A frigid, flavorful Ozark thriller gives us the shivers.
KRISTIAN LIN
Certain movies inspire my fellow film critics to throw the word “authentic” around. This is a wobbly concept to begin with when talking about works of fiction (and it’s even more loaded when talking about documentary film...



Despicable Me: One to Gru On

A supervillain isn’t so bad, and neither is this animated film.
KRISTIAN LIN
The trailer for Inception has caused a stir in movieland by being mysterious and not giving away too much of the movie’s plot. Well, the trailers for the animated 3-D kids’ movie Despicable Me have been playing in theaters ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Last Airbender (PG) M. Night Shyamalan’s big-screen live-action version of the animated kids’ TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender stars Noah Ringer as a boy with mystical powers who must prevent a warlike nation...



Eclipse: Lady Ante Bella

The third Twilight movie is the best so far, for what that’s worth.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Twilight movies have frustrated me, not because they’re made out of junk but for the opposite reason. Stephenie Meyer’s mega-selling series of novels gets unfairly knocked because the fan base is mostly teen and pre-tee...


A Solitary Man Goes Back to School

Michael Douglas tries to hold back the years in this mild comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Since the turn of the new century, Michael Douglas has gradually been phasing himself out of the stardom that he enjoyed in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when he often played angry white men under siege. These days, he’s ...