Posts Tagged ‘film’

First You Get the Money

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“Io sono Tony Montana!” screams an Italian teenager who’s delighted at being given his first machine gun in the 2009 Mafia drama Gomorrah. That speaks to the wide cultural net that has been cast by Scarface, the 1983 gang...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Colombiana (PG-13) Zoë Saldana stars as an assassin determined to take revenge on the drug dealers who murdered her parents. Also with Michael Vartan, Jordi Mollà, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue, and Max Martini. (Opens F...



When Fairy Met Sally: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Even with Guillermo del Toro, this horror remake falls flat.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Guillermo del Toro pronounces an old movie as the scariest thing he’s ever seen and announces plans to remake it, you sit up and take notice. You do it even if, like me, you can’t find the original 1973 TV movie that h...


Is The Caller There?

No, but she leaves an odd message before going off the rails.
KRISTIAN LIN
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark isn’t the only film this week dealing with paranormal entities in an enclosed space. The unheralded thriller The Caller stars Rachelle Lefevre as Mary, a woman who has moved into an apartment in ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Conan the Barbarian (R) Jason Momoa (TV’s Game of Thrones) stars in this new adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s novel about a warrior out to avenge the massacre of his village. Also with Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan,...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 17 Nathan Juran’s 1962 fantasy film Jack the Giant Killer and its notoriously bad stop-motion gets the MST3K treatment with Rifftrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer. Witness Jack’s sword flopping around and monsters who i...



One Day: Same Time Next Year

The book is so much better than this bland romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
The term “sophomore jinx” doesn’t apply to One Day, because this isn’t the second film for director Lone Scherfig. This isn’t even her second film in English, in fact. Still, it feels like the sophomore jinx has bitte...


Shorts

Big Ticket
As the summer winds down, you don’t have to take your movie-watching children to see the latest Spy Kids installment. Instead, you can spend the middle of the week taking them to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where The...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Devil’s Double (R) Dominic Cooper stars in this drama (based on real-life events) as both Uday Hussein and an Iraqi man hired to impersonate Saddam Hussein’s son for security purposes. Also with Ludivine Sagnie...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 10 Based on a popular anime series that takes place in some vaguely Western setting, Trigun: Badlands Rumble observes the continuing adventures of Vash the Stampede, a buffoonish pacifist outlaw who defeats bad guys witho...