Posts Tagged ‘films’
The Kingsman

My Deadly Valentine

A British spy thriller gets down with its bad self in Kingsman.
Kristian Lin
I see it now. There are two Matthew Vaughns. In one corner, we have Good Boy Matthew Vaughn, the British director who brought icy control and a flair for action to Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class. In the other, we have Bad Bo...


Beautiful Boy

One-third of the screen yields three times the emotion in the Quebecois drama Mommy.
Kristian Lin
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to someone. Xavier Dolan started out as a child actor in his native Canada, and at 25 his career in front of the camera is still going. However, he has become known to the world as a...

Duke of Burgundy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Duke of Burgundy (NR) Like Fifty Shades of Grey, but a lot more lesbic. This drama by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as a lepidopterist who engages in an S&M sexual relation...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Amira & Sam (NR) Martin Starr stars in this comedy as a U.S. Army veteran who falls in love with an Iraqi woman (Dina Shababi). Also with Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, Ross Marquand, Taylor Wilcox, and David Rasche. (Op...


Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
You may have heard the whispers about a movie called Cake that stars Jennifer Aniston and played at the Toronto Film Festival. The lead actress scored a Golden Globe nomination and campaigned hard for an Oscar nod, and the movi...

Cake opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Cake (R) Jennifer Aniston stars in this drama as a disfigured woman who becomes obsessed with the suicide of one of the other patients in her chronic-pain support group. Also with Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza, Mami...

Life in the Israeli army has Dana Ivgy considering suicide by staple gun in Zero Motivation.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies — some brilliant, some not — from 2014.
Just like last January, I find myself having watched a bunch of movies from the previous 12 months that I found intriguing but didn’t have a chance to write about in these pages. Since I didn’t get a chance to review any of...

A poster for The Shooting, playing at the Modern as part of ArthouseFW.

The Original Movie Brat

Roger Corman turns 89 this year, and his influence on the history of movies can’t be overstated. The Detroit native directed more than 50 films, most of them “B” pictures. They included generic thrillers and horror films ...

Steve Carell holds forth on the importance of coaches as American leaders in Foxcatcher.


Foxcatcher grapples with American manhood and a true-life crime.
After billionaire wrestling benefactor John du Pont was arrested in 1989 for murdering coach and former Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, the police announced that du Pont would be given a mental evaluation. In his Tonight Sh...

Predestination opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Predestination (R) Ethan Hawke stars in this thriller as a time-traveling cop trying to catch the one criminal who has eluded him throughout time. Also with Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Cate Wolfe, and Alexis Fernandez. M...