Posts Tagged ‘character’

Boys’ Adventures

Young men dominate fantasy worlds in three films currently out.
KRISTIAN LIN
Whether it’s some sort of backlash, the inevitable byproduct of a male-dominated system, or just a coincidence, our multiplexes are currently being overrun by fantasy adventure films with young men at the heart. Next mont...


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: When You’re Smiley…

…the whole world lies to you in this hallowed British spy thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve heard complaints about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from those who haven’t read the John le Carré novel on which it’s based or seen the celebrated 1979 BBC TV miniseries adaptation of it. Newcomers find the current fil...



Dragon Tattoo Redo

Stieg Larsson’s thriller gets a proper big-screen treatment.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ever since Stieg Larsson’s flawed but highly addictive Swedish-language Millennium trilogy exploded into the English-speaking world, movie fans have been waiting for a Hollywood big-screen adaptation of those crime thrillers....


Seven at Circle

Circle Theatre’s current production is a holiday farce high on absurdity.
JIMMY FOWLER
One of my favorite theatergoing experiences in recent years was Circle Theatre’s 2008 holiday production of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. If you missed that nontraditional and rather biting music...



Puss in Boots: Break an Egg

Though it has some laughs, this spinoff isn’t the cat’s meow.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biggest problem with Puss in Boots is that it has come out five years too late. The feline adventurer voiced by Antonio Banderas was introduced to us in Shrek 2 back in 2004, and there’s no mystery about why he has broken...


Winding Drive

Ryan Gosling fuels this great, strange, romantic thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oh, damn, Ryan Gosling is cool. He’s so cool that it hurts you deep inside. He has become famous as a romantic lead, and indeed his half-smile is enough to melt the stoniest heart. He flashes it occasionally in Drive, but tha...



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...


Mr. Popper’s Penguins Flop

Could the arctic birds – and not Jim Carrey – explain this movie’s downfall?
COLE SMITHEY
Loosely based on Florence Atwater’s 1938 children’s book of the same name, Mr. Popper’s Penguins never completely gels. But that doesn’t stop Jim Carrey from using everything in his arsenal of comic physicality to keep ...



Trinity Shakes Rosalind

The TCU festival recruits a top-notch talent to tackle one of The Bard’s greatest characters.
JIMMY FOWLER
If any Shakespearean character deserves to be rediscovered by contemporary audiences, it’s Rosalind from As You Like It (probably written in the year 1600). Literary critics and amateur bardolators alike have long been infatu...


The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
KRISTIAN LIN
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...