Posts Tagged ‘films’
Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver put on their shiva faces in This Is Where I Leave You.

Shiva the Destroyer

A talented cast is left stranded by the family gags in This Is Where I Leave You.
Kristian Lin
When I read Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You, I wasn’t all that impressed with it, but I figured it could be made into a funny movie with a talented cast. Now the movie version is here, and a talented cast...


Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (PG-13) Does anyone still care at this point? Starring Kristoffer Polaha, Laura Regan, Peter Mackenzie, Larry Cedar, Joaquim de Almeida, Rob Morrow, and Greg Germann. (Opens Friday) Do...



James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy ponder a grim situation in The Drop.

The Drop: Streetlight People

The late James Gandolfini isn’t the only bright spot in this mobbed-up thriller.
STEVE STEWARD
It’s likely that the late James Gandolfini’s performance in The Drop will be lauded in tearfully hyperbolic fashion, maybe even to the point where it overshadows the movie. In all honesty, Gandolfini is pretty good — thin...


Son Ye-jin demonstrates her derring-do during a naval battle in The Pirates.

Princess of Whales

Korean outlaws provide hijinks on the high seas in The Pirates.
Kristian Lin
They say that comedy can be highly culturally specific, and I can tell you it’s true after staring uncomprehendingly at the Korean movie Miss Granny earlier this year while the Korean audience around me cracked up. Still, som...



Love is Strange opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Love is Strange (R) John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star in this drama as a longtime gay couple who must look for new housing after they’re evicted shortly after they’re married. Also with Marisa Tomei, Darren Burro...


Kelly Reilly welcomes Sophie Curtis into her new school in Innocence.

The Virgin Homicides

A girl finds her high school running on pure blood in Innocence.
Kristian Lin
The blandly titled Innocence is the latest in the relatively small field of horror movies in which the slasher preys on teenage virgins. One reason there are so few of these films (the cleverest of which is Jennifer’s Body) i...



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Two-Part Solo

The Identical is like Walk Hard without the jokes.
Kristian Lin
What if Elvis’ twin brother had lived? The makers of The Identical aren’t the first to ask that question, but they are the first to build a movie around the idea that a 1950s rock star had a long-lost twin who watched from ...


Blackmail (1929)

Getting Hitched

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In a 1997 Australian college comedy called Love and Other Catastrophes, a film professor informs his students that they’ll spend the semester studying Alfred Hitchcock’s works. The students groan with disappointment, and a ...



"Are You Here" staring Owen Wilson, Laura Ramsey, Zach Galifianakis opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING: Are You Here (R) The creator of TV’s Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, makes his filmmaking debut with this comedy about a man (Zach Galifianakis) who brings his friend (Owen Wilson) on a road trip to collect an inheritance f...


Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley jam around a campfire in If I Stay.

Wake Me Up

Chloë Grace Moretz does hospital rounds while comatose in the dull If I Stay.
Kristian Lin
Chloë Grace Moretz is 17 now, and in the past four years and change, I’ve seen her play a superheroine (Kick-Ass), a vampire (Let Me In), a werewolf (Dark Shadows), and a girl who can move things with her mind (Carrie). Her ...