Posts Tagged ‘action’’

Thor: Good God Almighty

Can Kenneth Branagh make a comic book movie? Thertainly!
KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone seems surprised that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor. Well, I’m not. True, he made his name directing and starring in a string of cinematic Shakespeare adaptations in the 1990s, but his love for the classics always...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Miral (PG-13) Julian Schnabel’s adaptation of Rula Jebreal’s novel stars Freida Pinto as a Palestinian girl who must choose between violent jihad and non-violent activism while growing up in Israel in the 1960s. Al...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Arthur (PG-13) Russell Brand stars in this remake of the 1981 comedy as a spoiled wealthy playboy who must support himself when faced with the loss of his fortune. Also with Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig,...


Hanna and the Company

This teenager and her action thriller confuse me.
KRISTIAN LIN
Our action thrillers right now seem to be awash in young girls who are stone cold killers. The odd British entry Hanna is the latest of the bunch, coming after the flawed but unfairly maligned Sucker Punch and last year’s Kic...



Today Libya, Tomorrow Syria?

There’s a bigger picture to consider.
Gwynne Dyer
Last Friday saw the first nationwide protests against the Baath regime in Syria. If these protests develop into a full-scale revolt, the regime’s response may dwarf that of Col. Muammar Qaddafi in Libya.  


Number Four: Three Stars

A rocky but promising start for the latest teen sci-fi saga.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood now faces the same problem that faced the young-adult publishing industry a few years ago. With the Harry Potter and Twilight film series both near their ends, the race is on to land the next multi-part saga about tee...



The Top 10 Movies of 2010

Inception headlines a dream year for films.
KRISTIAN LIN
In my list of top 10 movies last year, I took note of a resurgence in American films. That continued this year, and even the entries in my top 10 from Canada (No. 3) or Britain (No. 4) would have been impossible without America...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Black Swan (R) Natalie Portman stars in this film by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) as a ballerina who suffers terrifying psychotic delusions while preparing to dance the lead in Swan Lake. Also with Mila Kunis, Vince...



The Trouble With Harry

The seventh Potter film doesn’t hold up. Does that matter?
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m in a difficult position here. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the seventh installment of an eight-part series. As such, it’s not necessarily meant to stand on its own. Instead, it’s a means to an end, ...


Film Shorts

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)