Film

The Descent

Kristian Lin
Cinematic inventors and pioneers were trying to make their medium three-dimensional as far back as the 1890s, but it wasn’t until 1952 that Hollywood embraced 3-D filmmaking as one of several technical innovations that wo...


Steel Reserve

Cole Williams
Another big superhero movie hits theaters this week, but a few things separate it from the rest that have come out recently.



The Moore We See …

Director Tom Kalin’s epic family drama Savage Grace is hitched — wisely and successfully — to a single star.
JIMMY FOWLER
Movies about very rich, very unhappy families – genre classics such as Ordinary People and Sidney Lumet’s version of Long Day’s Journey into Night – offer us working-class filmgoers a chance to indulge a...


Love Bites

Of all people, Mike Myers has lost his mojo.
Steve Steward
About halfway through The Love Guru, you might ask yourself a question: Is that the aunt from Family Matters?



Rushed Hours

The shoot-’em-up Wanted is all action, no talk.
MATT GOODMAN
Adapted from a comic-book miniseries from 2003 and ’04, Wanted is Hollywood’s latest attempt to piggyback on the successes of other cultish comic adaptations that recently have built a following among testosterone-a...


Max Power

Steve Carell makes over a bumbling superspy for a new age in Get Smart.
Kristian Lin
Back in the summer of 1984, Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters ruled the box offices as big-ticket action thrillers headlined by comedians.



North Country

Two Mexicans and one father drive this low-budget, high-powered drama.
Kristian Lin
Christopher Zalla’s first feature filmmaking effort screened at Sundance in 2007 under the title Padre Nuestro, where it became the first Spanish-language film to win the festival’s grand jury prize.


Crouching Tiger, Eating Panda

This roly-poly animated kung fu comedy hits home.
Kristian Lin
The latest animated family film from DreamWorks Animation, Kung Fu Panda is not as much fun as Kung Fu Hustle, but it’s much better than Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.



Green Energy

The new Hulk isn’t incredible, but it shows some modest improvement.
Kristian Lin
Welcome to Hollywood in the 21st century, a time and place where a film doesn’t need any fans to spawn a sequel.


Carrie-on Baggage

A season’s worth of Sex and the City, squished into one uneven movie.
Kristian Lin
I wish the Sex and the City movie had been a musical, with our four favorite fashion plates addressing their relationship problems by bursting into song and dance.