Posts Tagged ‘jack’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: House of Pleasures (NR) Bertrand Bonello’s film set at a Parisian brothel in decline at the beginning of the 20th century. Starring Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca, Adele Haenel, Alice Barnole, Iliana ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sleeping Beauty (R) The filmmaking debut of Australian novelist Julia Leigh stars Emily Browning as a high-priced prostitute who allows male clients to indulge their fantasies with her while she’s asleep. Also with R...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Artist (PG-13) Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film stars Jean Dujardin as a 1920s silent-movie star who resists the change to sound films. Also with Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Shame (NC-17) Michael Fassbender stars in Steve McQueen’s drama about a New Yorker whose struggles with sex addiction come to a head when his sister (Carey Mulligan) visits him. Also with James Badge Dale and Nicole ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Young Goethe in Love (NR) This German film by Philipp Stölzl (North Face) stars Alexander Fehling as the 23-year-old aspiring poet in 1772 who falls for a woman (Miriam Stein) who’s engaged to someone else. Also wit...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Descendants (R) George Clooney stars in Alexander Payne’s adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel about a wealthy Hawaii lawyer trying to raise his daughters in the aftermath of a boating accident that left his...



Puss in Boots: Break an Egg

Though it has some laughs, this spinoff isn’t the cat’s meow.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biggest problem with Puss in Boots is that it has come out five years too late. The feline adventurer voiced by Antonio Banderas was introduced to us in Shrek 2 back in 2004, and there’s no mystery about why he has broken...


The Big Year: First-Degree Birders

Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry from this overly broad comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
I am not a birder, but I can sympathize with them. Check me out in early December when I’m frantically tracking down Greek experimental films and dramas about depressed Japanese people. I may not get someone else’s obsessio...



Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 17 Nathan Juran’s 1962 fantasy film Jack the Giant Killer and its notoriously bad stop-motion gets the MST3K treatment with Rifftrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer. Witness Jack’s sword flopping around and monsters who i...


The Tree of Life: Pictures at an Exhibition

Terrence Malick ponders life, the universe, and everything.
KRISTIAN LIN
The fifth film in 38 years by reclusive Texas auteur Terrence Malick is The Tree of Life, the polarizing film that drew boos and walkouts when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and yet went on to win the top pr...