Posts Tagged ‘films’
Anna Karenina now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
NOW PLAYING: Anna Karenina (R) Joe Wright turns Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece into a shallow, gimmicky movie that stars Keira Knightley as the married 19th-century Russian princess who torches her social status and her family by ...


Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx ride the wild South in Django Unchained.

Django Unchained: I’m No Slave 4 U

Southern slaveowners are killed wholesale in Tarantino’s rip-snorting Western.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg put out Lincoln, a movie about the evils of slavery. Predictably, he took a serious, high-minded approach to the issue. This Christmas, Quentin Tarantino also has released a movie on slavery, and ju...



Rust and Bones opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rust and Bone (R) Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) adapts Craig Davidson’s short stories into this French-language romance between a Belgian MMA fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard)...


Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd face the middle of their lives in This Is 40.

Spawn of Knocked Up

Judd Apatow’s fingerprints are all over this week’s comedies.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the one hand, Judd Apatow may just be the defining comic genius of our generation. As a producer, he has discovered and nurtured so many talented actors, writers, and directors that his influence is to be found in places as ...



Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in Any Day Now opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Any Day Now (R) Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in this drama as a 1970s gay couple who fight to keep custody of an abandoned Down syndrome-afflicted teen (Isaac Leyva) living with them. Also with Frances Fisher...


Arnon Goldfinger and his mother Hannah in The Flat.

Family History

BIG TICKET
Arnon Goldfinger was a TV director and documentarian in Israel when his grandmother, Gerda Tuchler, passed away. Gerda had fled Nazi Germany and retained as much of her German culture as possible, though she spoke English with ...



End of Watch opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: End of Watch (R) The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña is the best thing in this buddy-cop thriller that thinks it’s more groundbreaking than it is. They portray L.A. beat cops who film themselves a...


Gerard Butler prepares to hit the practice field in "Playing for Keeps."

Playing for Keeps: Blown Dryer

After starting strong, this soccer romance fades badly in the second half.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not sure what convinced Gerard Butler and decision-makers in Hollywood that his best move was to start portraying brash Americans. Whatever it was, it has done him no favors in the past few years, as his acting has steadi...



Anthony Hopkins holds his next project in his hands in Hitchcock

Hitchcock: American Psycho

This behind-the-scenes drama runs into a few hitches.
KRISTIAN LIN
Nothing in Hitchcock tops its opening sequence. After serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) murders his brother with a shovel, the camera pans to Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) standing a few feet away, wearing a suit and...


Brad Pitt is an efficient problem solver in "Killing Them Softly."

Killing Them Softly: Cogan’s Bluff

When it’s not bashing America, this crime thriller is pretty good.
KRISTIAN LIN
Andrew Dominik is at home among thieves and killers. The New Zealander has made three films, and they’ve all been crime thrillers: the terrifying 2001 Australian entry Chopper, followed by the gorgeous and lethally dull 2007 ...