Posts Tagged ‘directed’

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...


They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
KRISTIAN LIN
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...



The Next Wave

Big Ticket
The Lois Weber Film Festival in Grand Prairie is devoted to movies directed by women. Looking over the selections on offer, you might be struck by how little the films have in common. Yet no one would bat an eyelash if a festiv...


Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
STEVE STEWARD
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...



Paul: Ancient Alien

Though filled with stereotypes and clichés, this road-trip buddy comedy still scores some laughs.
COLE WILLIAMS
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost go on a road trip with an alien: comedy gold, right? Well, close. Paul has a lot going for it, but it doesn’t quite reach the pinnacle of genre-comedy that the talent involved would lead you to expec...


Aliens in America

A character actor’s showcase role isn’t enough to fill out the small-scaled The Visitor.
Kristian Lin
Richard Jenkins is one of those actors you’ve probably seen several times without his name sticking in your memory.



Death Warmed Over

A weepy, fuzzy end-of-life drama will leave you wanting to kick The Bucket List.
Kristian Lin
Remember last year’s Oscars, when Jack Nicholson showed up at the ceremony with a shaven head and everybody said, “Ooh, it’s Jack Nicholson with a shaven head!”?


Baby, It’s Fate

A double dose of Javier Bardem, in English-language films of varying quality
KRISTIAN LIN
Javier Bardem made his American debut and snagged an Oscar nomination all in one bang when he portrayed the gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in the 2001 biopic Before Night Falls.



Also-Ran

In case you haven’t noticed, the indie dramedy formula won’t be going away anytime soon, thanks to movies like Dan.
Cole Williams
Of all the young, male comedic actors who have recently been in or directed movies that don’t hew to formula, Steve Carell is arguably tops of the class.


The Other Elizabeth

Cate Blanchett returns for a royally disappointing sequel about England’s queen.
Kristian Lin
In 1998, an Indian director and his Australian leading lady collaborated on Elizabeth, a chilling historical drama that brought their largely unknown names to the world’s attention.