Posts Tagged ‘kate’

Oh, the Carnage!

Great actors rant and rave in this circular chamber drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
An ongoing motif in Roman Polanski’s career has been characters trapped in enclosed spaces. The director seems to love watching people unravel in apartments, sailboats, or secluded houses, where they cannot run from their neu...


How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a woman who has it all.
STEVE STEWARD
In our post-Oprah era, the overachieving mother who balances a high-profile job with keeping a perfect house and happy marriage should make for a fairly interesting film, one in which the compulsions to get everything 100 perce...



30 Minutes or Less: Delivery Boom

A pizza guy turns unwilling criminal in this madcap caper.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some young thespians bag their first Academy Award nomination and morph into Serious Actors who do only prestige projects intended to win them the Oscar. So hooray to Jesse Eisenberg, who has followed up his Oscar nod from last...


Please Give Weaves a Guilt-Edged Story

Charity begins at home in this richly observed comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
If there’s any doubt that Nicole Holofcener should have filmed the Sex and the City movie, her latest comedy Please Give should remove it. The independent filmmaker directed episodes of the TV show in the 1990s, presumably to...



Young Love

Even good chemistry can’t save Baby Mama.
COLE WILLIAMS
There’s a scene early in Baby Mama where two women – a white-trashy vamp and an upscale VP – watch a dad play baseball with his son on America’s Funniest Home Videos.


Carlitos’ Way

Under the Same Moon, a Mexican kid travels illegally and weepily across America.
Kristian Lin
The recent surge in Mexican-made films on both sides of the U.S. border has had mostly positive results, but I suppose we were due to see a downside at some point.



Corpse Bride

A major character may be deceased, but it’s Over Her Dead Body that’s really rotten.
Kristian Lin
When you encounter hideous misogyny in a movie pitched aggressively at male audiences (like last fall’s Good Luck Chuck), it’s shocking but not necessarily surprising.


Post Romanticism

Lovers come unstuck in time in the surprisingly good The Lake House.
Kristian Lin
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Sandra Bullock is best known as a comic actress, but her best work tends to come in roles where she isn’t concentrating on being cute and lovable. In movies as different as Whi...