Posts Tagged ‘based’

The Debt Doesn’t Pay

Though thrilling in spots, this spy caper doesn’t have enough action.
STEVE STEWARD
When it comes to spy agencies, Americans are typically familiar with four: the CIA, the old KGB, Britain’s Ml6, and Israel’s Mossad. This last is known for general badassery, a reputation built on shrewd intelligence and sw...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Queen to Play (NR) Caroline Bottaro’s comedy stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a French chambermaid who escapes her life of poverty when she takes chess lessons from an American expat (Kevin Kline). Also with Valérie Lagra...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beginners (R) This autobiographical drama by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) stars Ewan McGregor as a man who’s shocked when his terminally ill, recently widowed father (Christopher Plummer) comes out of the closet. Also wi...


Potiche Power

Even the mighty Catherine Deneuve can’t charm her way out of this French farce.
COLIN BOYD
Between them, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, the stars of Potiche, have a whopping four wins and 27 nominations for the César Awards, France’s version of the Oscars. In fact, Deneuve’s 11th nomination was for her...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Incendies (R) A nominee for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play stars Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette as Canadian twins who travel to ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush return for this fourth adventure as two pirates searching for the fountain of youth. Also with Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNall...



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: Cat Run (R) John Stockwell’s comic thriller is about two bumbling detectives (Scott Mechlowicz and Alphonso McAuley) hired to protect a high-priced escort (Paz Vega) after she learns some politically scandalous infor...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sucker Punch (PG-13) Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) writes and directs this fantasy-adventure saga about a mental patient (Emily Browning) who imagines her stay in an institution as part of an epic quest involving her fel...


Cowboys and Amphibians

Yee-haw! A strange animated Western leads this week’s films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into a bizarre and wondrous alternate reality.