Posts Tagged ‘doesn’t’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Get Low (PG-13) Robert Duvall stars in Aaron Schneider’s comedy as a 1930s Tennessee hermit who wants to hold a funeral party for himself while he’s still alive. Also with Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Sc...


I Can See Cleary Now: Ramona and Beezus

A brave pest finally gets her movie, and it does some good things.
KRISTIAN LIN
The shadow of America’s recession hangs heavily over Ramona and Beezus. Wow, that’s a portentous opening sentence. It’s true, though — the very first film adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s beloved kids’ books shows the...



Despicable Me: One to Gru On

A supervillain isn’t so bad, and neither is this animated film.
KRISTIAN LIN
The trailer for Inception has caused a stir in movieland by being mysterious and not giving away too much of the movie’s plot. Well, the trailers for the animated 3-D kids’ movie Despicable Me have been playing in theaters ...


A Solitary Man Goes Back to School

Michael Douglas tries to hold back the years in this mild comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Since the turn of the new century, Michael Douglas has gradually been phasing himself out of the stardom that he enjoyed in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when he often played angry white men under siege. These days, he’s ...



Gem of the Ocean Glitters

Mystery and transcendence color Jubilee’s latest production of an August Wilson classic.
JIMMY FOWLER
With the current production of Gem of the Ocean, Jubilee Theatre has given the late August Wilson’s lyrical 2002 drama its Southwest premiere. As directed by Akin Babatunde, the play is a big gift box full of historical, spir...


Please Give Weaves a Guilt-Edged Story

Charity begins at home in this richly observed comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
If there’s any doubt that Nicole Holofcener should have filmed the Sex and the City movie, her latest comedy Please Give should remove it. The independent filmmaker directed episodes of the TV show in the 1990s, presumably to...



Babies: I Was Born, But …

This oh-so-cute documentary throws out the baby with the bath.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t have children. If I did, I’d probably see many movies differently. Take Babies, for instance. This documentary has drawn plenty of oohs and awws from festival audiences, publicity screenings, and the like. Since I...


City Island: An Actor Prevaricates

This little indie film should have confined its drama to the stage.
KRISTIAN LIN
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta made an excellent movie in 2000 called Two Family House, a drama that drew heavily on his early life and his memories of his dad. Since then he’s made only three films, including this one an...



The Losers Is a Lost Cause

Logic goes out the window in this crappy shoot-’em-up.
STEVE STEWARD
Based on an award-winning, Vertigo-published comic, The Losers is about a top-secret Special Forces unit’s quest for revenge on a shadowy figure named Max (Jason Patric), who ordered the commandos’ death following a mission...


This Movie Is Kick-Ass

It’s also a psychotic, satirical ode to superheroes.
KRISTIAN LIN
How do I describe the awesomeness of Kick-Ass? I could say this is the superhero flick that Watchmen desperately wanted to be, but that doesn’t quite cover it. I could call it a comic book fan’s dream come true, but then I...