Posts Tagged ‘actor’

Dollhouse

Big Ticket
Written in 1983 by the Romanian playwright Gilles Ségal, The Puppetmaster of Lodz is less a piece of Holocaust kitsch than a spin on the old story of a puppeteer who starts to lose the distinction between fantasy and reality. ...


Not the Finest Anything

They may be Brooklyn’s Finest, but this cop drama is a routine stop.
KRISTIAN LIN
As boilerplate as its title would suggest, Brooklyn’s Finest is no different from any other gritty New York City cop thriller made in the past 35 years. If you took away the characters’ cell phones, this could be a movie fr...



Letters to Savannah

Yet another sodden Nicholas Sparks adaptation: Dear John.
KRISTIAN LIN
In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world’s new guilty pleasure is pablum rather than pulp. In other words, slasher flick...


Medical License

KRISTIAN LIN
In the late 1990s, a Harvard Business School graduate named John Crowley made medical history. He was a Bristol Myers executive whose two youngest children suffered from Pompe disease, a form of muscular dystrophy that had alwa...



Xmas-Rated Theater

Big Ticket
We always welcome any theater troupe that can bring us fresh stuff for Christmas, and this week several of the local ensembles are coming through.


That Hamilton Woman

KRISTIAN LIN
Older viewers will remember George Hamilton as a maximally tanned, minimally talented Hollywood actor whose fame in the 1970s and ’80s was completely out of proportion to anything he actually did on the screen. (The high ...



Ram Jam

KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone’s calling The Wrestler a comeback vehicle for Mickey Rourke, but he hasn’t really been away. He has worked steadily in this decade, and younger viewers probably know him as the deep-voiced, muscle-bound cha...


Shtick ’Em Up

Stage
There’s a lot going on right now that we need to pay attention to, and none of it is fun: a shitty economy, a U.S. presidential campaign that’s annoying and superficial, and the final days of Dubya’s corrupt, ...



Funny Games

Kristian Lin
When Heath Ledger is on screen during The Dark Knight, you can’t look anywhere else.


Wedding Crasher

A weak lead performance waters down this farce at a best friend’s wedding.
Kristian Lin
All right, somebody needs to explain the whole Patrick Dempsey thing to me.