Posts Tagged ‘character’

Hebrew Hammer

Adam Sandler plays an Israeli superhero, with good and really bad results.
Kristian Lin
In Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the main character and his Jewish friends are huge fans of Steven Spielberg’s Munich: “Every movie with Jews, we’re the ones getting killed.


Riding in Cars With Boys

America Ferrera can’t keep this Latino indie drama from falling flat.
Kristian Lin
Recent movies as different as Danny Cannon’s Goal!



Shiny Penny

This well-acted contemporary fable turns a sow’s nose into a silk purse.
Kristian Lin
Penelope is one of those movies that looks really bad on paper.


The Member of the Weddings

The actors kick up their heels, and then the stitches fall apart on 27 Dresses.
Kristian Lin
I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy, nor did I watch Roswell when it was on, so I don’t know Katherine Heigl’s abilities as well as I probably should.



Half-Baked Alaska

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild sure runs long, but it never seems big enough.
Kristian Lin
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.


Problem Kids

Mixed success is the name of the game for three movies out this week.
Kristian Lin
It’s fun to extol good movies and trash bad ones, but an awful lot of stuff falls in between those poles.



Mad Margot

A new opera made for a note-filled and notable weekend.
Stage
Even in the most opera-crazed cities on earth — New York, London, Milan, Vienna — the world premiere of a new full-length opera is not something that happens every week.


Angry Spider

The wall-crawler’s third film tries to do too much, but it’s fascinating all the same.
Kristian Lin
The last shot of Spider-Man 2 was a close-up of MJ Watson (Kirsten Dunst) as she watched her beloved superhero web off into the distance, with mixed emotions all over her face.



Sin for Your Supper

Only gluttons for cinematic theology will want a piece of The Last Sin Eater.
Kristian Lin
The title of The Last Sin Eater refers to a ritual that hails from the British Isles, in which a designated “sin eater” (a beggar or homeless man, usually) provides absolution to recently deceased people by eating bread and...


Violation

Breaking and Entering makes hash out of big issues, and that’s a petty crime.
Kristian Lin
Anthony Minghella made his name as the director of lush, cosmopolitan, epic literary adaptations with period settings, beginning with The English Patient in 1996 and continuing through The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.