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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening High-Rise (R) Tom Hiddleston stars in this futuristic satire about an apartment tower where the rich live in luxury at the top while the poor live in squalor at the bottom. Also with Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke ...


Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons have a romantic moment on a West Coast beach in The Meddler.

Helicopter Parenting

Susan Sarandon tries to be a less smothering mother in The Meddler.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago in my review of Hello, My Name Is Doris, I wrote about the slight uptick we’re seeing in movies made as vehicles for older actresses. Susan Sarandon hasn’t been hurting for work at any point since she won he...



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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Meddler (PG-13) Susan Sarandon stars in this comedy as a New York widow who visits her daughter (Rose Byrne) in L.A. and tries to fix everything in her life. Also with J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong,...


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Collateral Damages

The Avengers disassemble in their best movie yet, Captain America: Civil War.
Kristian Lin
The hype over Captain America: Civil War has been washing over us from the fan conventions and the parts of Europe where the movie has already opened. People who snagged an early look at this superhero flick are saying that it...



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Chinese Ghost Story

Andrew Lloyd Webber couldn’t save the failed Phantom of the Theatre.
Kristian Lin
By now I’ve seen horror films worth taking seriously from many different corners of eastern Asia, but mainland China is a notable exception. It’s not for lack of trying, either. Chinese movies are full of ghosts and witches...


April

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening April and the Extraordinary World (PG) This English-dubbed animated steampunk movie from France is about a little girl (voiced by Angela Galuppo) who goes searching for her parents after they become the latest in a wave...



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Boys in the Band

Sing Street: For anyone who loves music, Ireland, or the 1980s.
Kristian Lin
It’s official: John Carney is making the best movie musicals anywhere in the world. The Irishman burst onto the scene with his Oscar-winning 2007 debut Once and his 2014 American follow-up Begin Again. His autobiographical la...


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The End of the Tour

Punk rockers battle neo-Nazis in the harrowing Green Room.
Kristian Lin
Jeremy Saulnier’s superb low-budget revenge thriller Blue Ruin made my list of 2014’s best films, but its scant distribution kept mass audiences from seeing it. His follow-up Green Room is opening on many more screens this ...



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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Elvis & Nixon (R) This dramatization of the real-life 1970 meeting between Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) and Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) would have been better on stage. Elvis goes to the White House to ask for a...


Zoey Deutch and Blake Jenner adjust to college life in Everybody Wants Some!!

Before the Semester

Richard Linklater scores again with the charming Everybody Wants Some!!
Kristian Lin
Now that Boyhood finally made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acknowledge that Richard Linklater exists, the filmmaker is back to his old familiar grounds with yet another largely plotless ensemble comedy abou...