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Posts Tagged ‘films’
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Matthias Schoenaerts find trouble in paradise in "A Bigger Splash."

Death Pool

The Italian erotic thriller A Bigger Splash delivers a nasty kick.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you saw I Am Love, the 2010 romantic tragedy that introduced many Americans to the Sicilian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. His follow-up feature is A Bigger Splash, a remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 thriller La piscine, whic...


alice

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) Tim Burton has been replaced as director, but this Disney-meets-Lewis Carroll adaptation remains loud, incoherent, garish, and stubbornly unmagical. Mia Wasikowska returns as the her...



Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale (foreground) scheme to make a good match in Love & Friendship.

Suddenly Susan

I love Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation to treasure.
Kristian Lin
I come to you this week as a Whit Stillman fan. There may not be that many of us, but our passion for his sophisticated comedies of manners runs deep. You can spot us rather easily, as we tend to be middle-to-upper-class and aw...


Michael Fassbender makes the metal fly in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Apocalypse: Four Horsemen

Bryan Singer finally loses the plot in his fourth X-Men film.
Kristian Lin
Just a few weeks after I praised Captain America: Civil War for going away from the “all-powerful baddie trying to destroy the world” model of blockbuster film, now comes X-Men: Apocalypse, which falls into that very same t...



Almost Holy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Almost Holy (R)  Steve Hoover’s documentary profile of “Crocodile” Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who ministers to drug-addicted kids in his town and also dispenses vigilante justice to its criminals. (Op...


Ryan Gosling recovers from another bad night in The Nice Guys.

Nice Guys: Black Humor

Ryan Gosling has never been funnier than in this ’70s crime thriller.
Kristian Lin
Shane Black famously wrote the script for Lethal Weapon while still in his early 20s and then spent the better part of a decade wandering in the wilderness and suffering from a monumental case of writer’s block. He came back ...



Chuck, Red, and Bomb get ready to battle green pigs in The Angry Birds Movie.

Angry Birds: Red Mist

Don’t take a flier on this cynical, sloppy movie.
Kristian Lin
Movies based on video games continue to earn their wretched reputation, and I’m afraid The Angry Birds Movie won’t do anything to change that. This animated film is, of course, based on the highly popular and enormously enj...


high-rise

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening High-Rise (R) Tom Hiddleston stars in this futuristic satire about an apartment tower where the rich live in luxury at the top while the poor live in squalor at the bottom. Also with Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke ...



Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons have a romantic moment on a West Coast beach in The Meddler.

Helicopter Parenting

Susan Sarandon tries to be a less smothering mother in The Meddler.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago in my review of Hello, My Name Is Doris, I wrote about the slight uptick we’re seeing in movies made as vehicles for older actresses. Susan Sarandon hasn’t been hurting for work at any point since she won he...


meddler

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Meddler (PG-13) Susan Sarandon stars in this comedy as a New York widow who visits her daughter (Rose Byrne) in L.A. and tries to fix everything in her life. Also with J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong,...