Posts Tagged ‘action’’

Legend of the Guardians: Hoot and a Holler

Zack Snyder goes animated in this owlish action picture.
KRISTIAN LIN
Live-action filmmakers have been getting into animation lately, but only the ones who have a strongly developed and distinctive cinematic style (like Tim Burton or Wes Anderson) have found it worth the trouble. That’s what Za...


Resident Evil: Afterlife Bores

A potentially thrilling premise is abandoned in favor of (just more) zombie slaying.
COLE WILLIAMS
The fourth Resident Evil game was a thrilling reinvention of the series, ditching zombies for more unusual monsters. It also was a fast-paced story full of scares and memorable characters. Unfortunately, the same can’t be sai...



One Sharp Machete

!Si, si! Robert Rodriguez satirizes the illegal immigration debate.
KRISTIAN LIN
Before Machete was a real movie, it was a fake movie. For their 2007 double-bill Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino had four trailers created for nonexistent films to run alongside their movie, partly to re-crea...


Smoke Screen

Big Ticket
Made in 1936, Reefer Madness owes much of its current fame to its rediscovery in the 1960s. That’s because Louis J. Gasnier’s film (properly titled Tell Your Children) is so incredibly, laughably wrong about the effects of ...



Hey There, Scott Pilgrim

Your comic book is awesome. Your movie, sometimes.
KRISTIAN LIN
On paper, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World looks like a dream pairing. Edgar Wright is the British filmmaker who proved his comic genius with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, demented mash-ups of disparate genres. Now he’s adapting...


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...



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...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (R) This Korean Western by Kim Ji-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters) stars Jung Woo-sung, Lee Byung-hyun, and Song Kang-ho as outlaws in 1930s Manchuria who fight each other, Chinese bandits,...



Knight and Day: Up in the Air

Cruise and Diaz star in this action-comedy. What’s it about, again?
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not in the habit of using the word “piffle.” Yet that sprang to mind as I was watching Knight and Day, and the more I thought about it, the more appropriate the outdated word seemed. This plush escapist thriller/roman...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Jonah Hex (PG-13) Josh Brolin stars in this Western based on a comic-book series about a facially scarred, supernaturally powered bounty hunter who’s contracted by the U.S. government to stop an old nemesis (John Mal...