Posts Tagged ‘films’
Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire (PG-13) Kris Koenig’s documentary examines the hidden agenda of the gun control movement. (Opens Thursday at AMC Grapevine Mills) Fill the Void (PG) Rama Burshtein’s drama stars H...


“I want to lead a country one day, for all I know.” Emma Watson holds court in The Bling Ring.

Louboutins

Meet the world’s shallowest girls in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
KRISTIAN LIN
I don’t give a crap about women’s shoes, yet there is a shot of Paris Hilton’s shoe closet, about halfway through The Bling Ring, that made me go slack-jawed. This is what a vastly talented filmmaker like Sofia Coppola ca...



Sulley and Mike face off in front of a frat house (and an appreciative monster audience) in Monsters University.

Learn From the Monsters

Pixar is back in force with this prequel to Monsters, Inc.
KRISTIAN LIN
Early in Pixar’s latest movie, Monsters University, Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) steps onto the campus of his college for the first time as a student and takes a deep breath. It’s a simple moment, and it’s done...


Before Midnight opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Before Midnight (R) The movie that This Is 40 should have been. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reunite for this sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset as the now-married lovers who run into marital trouble while vacat...



Henry Cavill presents himself to the United States military in Man of Steel.

Man and Superman

Man of Steel makes the superhero’s story weird (and that’s good).
KRISTIAN LIN
The first time we get a good look at Superman in Man of Steel, he’s a bearded dude (Henry Cavill) in a rain slicker working on a commercial fishing vessel, doing his best to hide his identity until a group of oil rig workers ...


Brit Marling is geared up to live off the land in The East.

A Star in The East

Get to know Brit Marling with this tense political thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Arriving in local theaters this week, The East is not only as good a thriller as you’ll find right now but also the latest chapter in the incredible true story of Brit Marling. The cool, slender, sensual-lipped blonde had wal...



These aren’t trick-or-treaters coming to your house in The Purge.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Purge (R) Ethan Hawke stars in this horror film as the head of a family who holes up in their house for safety during an annual 12-hour period when all crime is legal. Also with Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burk...


Where others see a default homepage, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn see an opportunity in The Internship.

Googly Oogly Oogly

Comedy stars try to get back with the times in The Internship.
KRISTIAN LIN
Cast your mind back to 2005 for a second, when MySpace was the internet’s hottest website, Desperate Housewives was the most exciting new show on TV, and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were on top of the comedy world. The two a...



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After Earth: Aftertaste

Will Smith and son Jaden explore a dangerous old planet in this slight but tolerable B-movie.
STEVE STEWARD
Remember when M. Night Shyamalan was a household, if lazily mispronounced, name? The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs made him and his signature twist endings a hot commodity. But a string of flops followed, from plants-will...


Now You See Me opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Now You See Me (PG-13) Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson star in this caper flick as a team of stage magicians who execute high-end robberies of capitalist robber barons. Also with Morgan F...