Film

Operating Expenses

This medical thriller will keep you Awake, but that’s all.
Kristian Lin
Awake begins with some text claiming that out of the 21 million Americans who receive anesthesia each year, 30,000 of them experience something called “anesthesia awareness,” a condition in which the drugs don’t work like...


Atonal Music

Even with a promising soloist, August Rush misses a boatload of notes.
Kristian Lin
I must confess, Freddie Highmore is starting to scare me a bit (in a good way, though).



Chasing Amy

This cracked Disney fantasia and its star will leave you feeling Enchanted.
Kristian Lin
Amy Adams has kicked around Hollywood for a decade, bagged an Oscar nomination, and acted in probably more than one movie you’ve seen.


Baby, It’s Fate

A double dose of Javier Bardem, in English-language films of varying quality
KRISTIAN LIN
Javier Bardem made his American debut and snagged an Oscar nomination all in one bang when he portrayed the gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in the 2001 biopic Before Night Falls.



The Man in the Fred Suit

Bitter and schmaltzy, this comedy about Santa’s brother doesn’t fly.
Kristian Lin
The trailers for Fred Claus that showed in theaters last Christmas pitched the movie at adults — the director of Wedding Crashers re-teaming with Vince Vaughn to make a comedy about Santa Claus’ unjolly brother.


Dead on the 4th of July

The maker of Donnie Darko goes funnily and frustratingly off the deep end.
Kristian Lin
You remember Donnie Darko. Six years ago, this feature debut by then-26-year-old writer-director Richard Kelly captivated audiences with its phantasmagoric style, unleashing an intriguing dark side of Jake Gyllenhaal that we ha...



Earthly Delight

John Cusack helps elevate a big-budget popcorn flick to an emotionally honest character drama.
Cole Williams
Just when you think you’ve seen every type of Hollywood family drama, along comes something nice to revitalize your faith in mainstream cinema.


Unoriginal Gangster

Ridley Scott tries to make the Citizen Kane of crime flicks and falls short.
Kristian Lin
The shortcomings of American Gangster are right there in the title. It’s the latest film by Ridley Scott, a director who long ago was pegged as a mythmaker.



Also-Ran

In case you haven’t noticed, the indie dramedy formula won’t be going away anytime soon, thanks to movies like Dan.
Cole Williams
Of all the young, male comedic actors who have recently been in or directed movies that don’t hew to formula, Steve Carell is arguably tops of the class.


Wes Bengal

An indie auteur falls short again, but The Darjeeling Limited still has some laughs.
Kristian Lin
A decade ago, I watched Eddie Murphy end years of crappy comedies by starring in The Nutty Professor.