Posts Tagged ‘brother’

Conviction Has Courage, Lacks Craft

A true story becomes this plodding, unoriginal legal drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hilary Swank stars in Conviction as a woman who launches a more or less single-handed assault on the legal system, and this suffocating, curiously overpraised drama provides compelling evidence of her artistic decline.


Many-Tentacled

CAROLINE COLLIER
When Jefferson Colby frontman Danny Mabe first picked up a guitar several years ago, he figured out how to play it almost overnight. By the time he had recruited his older brother Matt and childhood friend Jeff Moore to accompa...



Corb Lund

Listen Up
On the redundantly titled Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!, Corb Lund tackles historical subjects that still resonate with the sorts of sentiments that lead young men and women to live as tools of war: the desire to do something e...


The Man in the Fred Suit

Bitter and schmaltzy, this comedy about Santa’s brother doesn’t fly.
Kristian Lin
The trailers for Fred Claus that showed in theaters last Christmas pitched the movie at adults — the director of Wedding Crashers re-teaming with Vince Vaughn to make a comedy about Santa Claus’ unjolly brother.



Amanda Alert

Ben Affleck comes up aces directing the missing-girl mystery Gone Baby Gone.
Kristian Lin
It probably didn’t happen this way, but I can easily imagine Ben Affleck in the midst of his 2003 Gigli-induced purgatory, taking time out to watch Mystic River and thinking to himself, “Hell, I can do that” (or words to ...


Olive the Family

Kristian Lin
An enormous crowd-pleaser at the Sundance Film Festival, Little Miss Sunshine now looks poised to be this year’s “little indie movie that could” box-office hit. The packed house at the Angelika in Dallas, where I saw it l...



Outback Slaughterhouse

Kristian Lin
During an interlude late in The Proposition, a member of an outlaw gang (Samuel Budge) sings a song to his fellow gang members about lost love in a thin, soulful tenor voice. The other outlaws are all moved by the song’s beau...