Posts Tagged ‘jack’

Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
STEVE STEWARD
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Biutiful (R) The latest drama by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) stars Javier Bardem as a small-time criminal in Barcelona seeking redemption before he dies. Also with Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib,...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Dilemma (PG-13) Vince Vaughn stars in Ron Howard’s comedy as a man trying to figure out how to inform his best friend (Kevin James) that his wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him. Also with Jennifer Connelly, Ch...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blue Valentine (R) Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in Derek Cianfrance’s drama about a couple who fall in love, then end their marriage six years later. Also with Faith Wladyka, Mike Vogel, and Ben Shenkman. ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Casino Jack (R) Taking up the same subject as the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money earlier this year, this fictionalized version of real events stars Kevin Spacey as crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rabbit Hole (PG-13) Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star in John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about a married couple trying to cope with the recent death of their young son. Also wit...



Middle Men: The Internet Is for Porn

This movie is for cheap moralism and bad history.
KRISTIAN LIN
Middle Men’s version of history is a lie. According to this movie, it was the pornographers who invented online shopping before the major retailers or credit card companies cracked the problem. If that were true, it would mea...


Leading Ladies Lights Up

The cast of Theatre Arlington’s current production buoys shopworn material, and Ballet Concerto prevails.
JIMMY FOWLER
In the angsty, ironic world of contemporary American theater, there is perhaps no gutsier statement for a playwright to make than “My plays are successful if they give people joy, if they uplift them and change them in some p...



Don’t Rock the Boat

KRISTIAN LIN
The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the movie itself. This fatally innocuous British comedy uses zippy editing, frames within the...


Crouching Tiger, Eating Panda

This roly-poly animated kung fu comedy hits home.
Kristian Lin
The latest animated family film from DreamWorks Animation, Kung Fu Panda is not as much fun as Kung Fu Hustle, but it’s much better than Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.