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Babies: I Was Born, But …

This oh-so-cute documentary throws out the baby with the bath.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t have children. If I did, I’d probably see many movies differently. Take Babies, for instance. This documentary has drawn plenty of oohs and awws from festival audiences, publicity screenings, and the like. Since I...


City Island: An Actor Prevaricates

This little indie film should have confined its drama to the stage.
KRISTIAN LIN
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta made an excellent movie in 2000 called Two Family House, a drama that drew heavily on his early life and his memories of his dad. Since then he’s made only three films, including this one an...



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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: City Island (PG-13) Andy Garcia stars in this comedy as the head of a Bronx family that’s riddled with secrets. Also with Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Alan Arkin, Dominik García-Lorido, Ezra Miller, and Emily ...


La Mission Is Missin’

A stalwart cast can’t redeem Peter Bratt’s maudlin San Francisco affair.
JIMMY FOWLER
Watching La Mission is a real whiplash experience. Writer-director Peter Bratt’s second feature follows intense, emotionally resonant scenes with moments that are so ham-fisted and underdeveloped, you have to stifle a giggle....



The Losers Is a Lost Cause

Logic goes out the window in this crappy shoot-’em-up.
STEVE STEWARD
Based on an award-winning, Vertigo-published comic, The Losers is about a top-secret Special Forces unit’s quest for revenge on a shadowy figure named Max (Jason Patric), who ordered the commandos’ death following a mission...


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KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Losers (PG-13) Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Idris Elba star as leaders of a CIA black ops team trying to discover who sold them out. Also with Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, and Jason Patric....



The Joneses: Life Is a TV Commercial

This satire doesn’t keep up with its early promise.
KRISTIAN LIN
You may have gotten your dose of movie satire last weekend at Kick-Ass. If that’s the case, I’m betting you had a better time than I did. I went to see The Joneses, which starts off quite well. That makes it all the more di...


Death at a Funeral: Back from the Grave

A British farce returns, African-Americanized and slightly better.
KRISTIAN LIN
Marginally less annoying than the British movie that it’s based on, Death at a Funeral stars Chris Rock as a tax accountant/unpublished novelist named Aaron who’s dealing with a host of troublesome family issues after his f...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Death at a Funeral (R) Neil LaBute’s remake of the similarly titled 2007 British farce stars Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence as brothers who become entangled in a sexual blackmail scheme while attending their father...


This Movie Is Kick-Ass

It’s also a psychotic, satirical ode to superheroes.
KRISTIAN LIN
How do I describe the awesomeness of Kick-Ass? I could say this is the superhero flick that Watchmen desperately wanted to be, but that doesn’t quite cover it. I could call it a comic book fan’s dream come true, but then I...