Posts Tagged ‘film’
Will Ferrell tries to dress ghetto and Kevin Hart is unimpressed in "Get Hard."

Throw Away the Key

Homophobic and wasteful, Get Hard deserves time in movie jail.
Kristian Lin
The same week that It Follows (see: above review) treats rape as a horrifying thing, we have Get Hard, which thinks rape is hilarious, at least if it’s happening to a man. This comedy screened at this year’s South by Southw...


Insurgent

Out of Faction

Insurgent epitomizes the glass ceiling of girl blockbusters.
Kristian Lin
Example No. 54,903,812 of the movie industry’s glass ceiling: While Hollywood is coming around at a snail’s pace to the idea that a fantasy-adventure blockbuster franchise can still make giant piles of money if the main cha...



Cymbeline.

Death on the Wheel

Shakespeare meets Sons of Anarchy in this sterile update of Cymbeline.
Kristian Lin
I can’t get enough of Shakespeare’s so-called “problem plays” like Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and Cymbeline, and I’m always eager to see what directors on theater or film can make of these puzzling, har...


Metalhead opens Friday in Dallas

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Metalhead (NR) Ragnar Bragason’s drama stars Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir as a 1980s Icelandic teenager whose grief over her dead brother leads her to become a fan of death metal music. Also with Ingvar Eggert Sig...



Érica Rivas is far from a happy bride in Wild Tales.

Vendetta Argentina

Big Ticket
Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Wild Tales did not win, but it was definitely the most entertaining movie in the field. Damián Szifrón’s collection of six short stories is about Argentinian people taking reve...


The Walking Deceased

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening  The Walking Deceased (NR) Yes, it’s about zombies. Tim Ogletree stars in this spoof as a police officer who wakes from a coma to find himself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Also with Joey Oglesby, Dave Sher...



Run All Night

Red-Eye Flight

Liam Neeson runs out of juice in Run All Night.
Kristian Lin
We need to pull the plug on this — Liam Neeson’s whole act is starting to get embarrassing. The Northern Irishman caught a second wind in 2008 when he starred in Taken, bringing his Schindler’s List gravitas to a crappy g...


Cinderella

Chimes at Midnight

Disney’s new Cinderella is told straight, but what for?
Kristian Lin
The story of Cinderella was first written down sometime in the 16th century by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile. Since then, the tale of the chambermaid who escapes an oppressive life by wearing a pretty dress and impress...



These Final Hours.

At the End of the Day

These Final Hours sees the world’s end from the suburbs of Western Australia.
Kristian Lin
Remember this name: Zak Hilditch. You’ll probably be hearing it again soon. That’s because filmmakers who can convincingly evoke the apocalypse on a small budget usually get called by Hollywood to do the same thing on a muc...


The cast kicks up their heels at a wedding dance at the end of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Second Best Indeed

The Exotic Marigold Hotel extends its stay. We don’t get much out of it.
Kristian Lin
I was lukewarm on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it opened two summers ago, so you probably won’t be surprised that I had a similar reaction to its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not terrible by any str...