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Inside Job: Forever Blowing Bubbles

Our financial system sucks. This documentary explains why.
KRISTIAN LIN
 “It is impossible to get a man to understand something when his paycheck depends on him not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Fair Game (PG-13) Doug Liman’s dramatization of the Valerie Plame incident stars Naomi Watts as a CIA spy who is publicly exposed after her husband (Sean Penn) crosses the Bush administration. Also with Ty Burrell, S...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: GasLand (NR) Partially filmed in North Texas, Josh Fox’s documentary totes up the environmental costs of gas drilling in America. (Opens Friday in Dallas)


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 27 In the pages of The New York Times, Maureen Dowd rather brilliantly compared Das Rheingold to The Social Network, both being stories about an antisocial nerd who’s mocked by women until he invents a device that makes...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Howl (NR) James Franco stars in this dramatized account of the obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg following publication of his 1957 poem. Also with Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Wi...


Clint and Woody Have Psychic Visions

Death, too, thou shalt die in these movies by old hands.
KRISTIAN LIN
In their latest movies, Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen are thinking about the great beyond. Of course, it isn’t unusual that filmmakers aged 80 (Eastwood) and 74 (Allen) would have their minds on mortality. These particular g...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Man From Nowhere (NR) Not to be confused with Nowhere Boy, this Korean crime thriller stars Won Bin as an ex-con who’s caught up when he discovers his neighbor is using her young daughter (Kim Sae-ron) as a drug ...


Mao’s Last Dancer

TBT’s Ben Stevenson is a character in this rags-to-riches tale of Li Cunxin.
LEONARD EUREKA
Mao’s Last Dancer is the ultimate rags to riches saga. The film is based on the life of dancer Li Cunxin. Born dirt-poor in a remote Chinese village, he made it halfway around the world by age 20 to become a principal dancer ...



Driving the Limit

Pixar shifts into a lower gear and makes Cars into a leisurely scenic outing.
Kristian Lin
You could hear the tiniest stirrings of something on the internet about Cars. Not necessarily a backlash but something smaller: criticism of the movie’s trailer, saying the jokes were too cutesy and the cars with eyes in thei...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Waiting for “Superman” (PG) The latest documentary by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) details the failings of the American public education system. (Opens Friday)