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Posts Tagged ‘film’

How Do You Know: Capital Losses

Charming actors can’t redeem this synthetic romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’ve never liked James L. Brooks’ films. From Terms of Endearment on, his glossy, unfunny romantic comedies have featured cozy platitudes and heartfelt, overwritten speeches dispensed by self-absorbed characters. For his la...


Holiday Getaways

Big Ticket
TCU’s KinoMonda film series is usually a place for foreign fare, but this week they’re taking a break from that to present something local. Tom Huckabee’s road-trip comedy Carried Away is about a young man from Fort Worth...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: I Love You Phillip Morris (R) Screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa) make their directing debut with this comedy about a real-life Texas con artist (Jim Carrey) who falls in love with a fellow prison in...


Garden of Eden: Bourne Identity

A lost Hemingway novel becomes a film that should have been lost.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here’s a movie with a tortured history. Garden of Eden was a manuscript that Ernest Hemingway worked on from 1946 until his 1961 death. The piece, based partly on his own experiences with women and partly on the tumultuous ma...



Dawn Treader: Narnia Watered Down

The chronicles go to sea, and a series is ready to go down with the ship.
KRISTIAN LIN
The least interesting big-budget movie franchise currently running, the Narnia series rolls out its latest installment this week with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader. The clumsiness of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wa...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Black Swan (R) Natalie Portman stars in this film by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) as a ballerina who suffers terrifying psychotic delusions while preparing to dance the lead in Swan Lake. Also with Mila Kunis, Vince...



127 Hours: Trapped in the Crevice

This survival tale will make you a serious Francophile.
KRISTIAN LIN
James Franco spent his early 20s taking lead or secondary lead roles in gritty urban thrillers like Deuces Wild, Sonny, and City by the Sea, not to mention the sympathetic villain in the Spider-Man films. With his smoldering go...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Burlesque (PG-13) Christina Aguilera makes her film debut as a dancer who comes to Los Angeles and finds her way into a burlesque club run by a former dancer (Cher). Also with Eric Dane, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Ju...



Love and Other Drugs: Jagged Little Pill

This romance is about commitment, not Viagra. That’s good.
KRISTIAN LIN
The promotional materials for Love and Other Drugs make it look like a cookie-cutter romantic comedy, but that’s wrong. The movie is actually a cookie-cutter Disease of the Week movie, albeit a much funnier version than you u...


Tangled: Split Ends

Separating the good hair from the bad in Disney’s animated Rapunzel story.
KRISTIAN LIN
Disney’s latest animated musical is a fractured take on the Rapunzel story. Presumably it’s called Tangled because there’s already a musical entitled Hair.