Posts Tagged ‘bad’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: After.Life (R) Christina Ricci stars in this supernatural thriller as a young woman who may or may not have died in a car accident and may or may not get buried alive by a sinister funeral director (Liam Neeson). Also ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chloe (R) Atom Egoyan’s remake of Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie … stars Julianne Moore as a woman who suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) of infidelity and hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to test him. ...



Crouching Vikings, Hidden Dragon

A kids’ book series becomes … an Iraq war allegory?
KRISTIAN LIN
The new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon takes its title and the names of its characters from a successful series of novels by Cressida Cowell, but otherwise you’d have a hard time recognizing the books as the source o...


Remember Me: An Affair to Forget

Robert Pattinson is stranded in this cheap romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” I’m not sure to what extent that applies to movies, but one reason sincerity doesn’t carry a lot of currency with me is that I’ve seen so many bad...



One-Part Drama

Another British import loses its flavor in America: Edge of Darkness.
KRISTIAN LIN
The key to understanding what’s right and what’s wrong with Edge of Darkness is knowing that it’s based on a British TV miniseries. Our friends across the Atlantic regularly make intelligent multiple-hour opus...


Breaking Bad

KRISTIAN LIN
Somehow, the upper reaches of stardom have always seemed to just elude Jeff Bridges’ grasp despite all his advantages as a well-known actor’s son who came of age during a golden period for Hollywood filmmaking and k...



Tall Order

Last Call
My dad always told me that God looks out for fools and drunks. I don’t know if this is true, but I do remember one time in college at TCU when I did something somewhat dangerous and came away unscathed. My buddies and I h...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Larger Than Life … in 3D: Dave Matthews Band (NR) Concert film includes performances by Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 and Gogol Bordello. (Opens Friday)



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Armored (PG-13) Nimród Antal (Vacancy) directs this thriller about an armored truck security guard (Columbus Short) who sabotages his co-workers’ plan to steal $42 million. Also with Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dil...


Round Ones

KEN SHIMAMOTO
Was it really seven years ago — an eon in restaurant years — that my oldest daughter had her wedding reception in the very same room as Chubby’s Burger Shack? (It was called something else back then.) One cons...