Posts Tagged ‘life’

Young Adult: Gary Unmarried

A bitter hot mess gives this comedy its zip.
KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone connected with Young Adult seems to have something to prove. Director Jason Reitman, typecast as a purveyor of crowd-pleasing entertainment that’s mature and intelligent enough to win awards, wants to show that he ca...


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: My Week With Marilyn (R) Simon Curtis’ dramatization of the uneasy collaboration between Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) on the 1956 film The Prince and the Showgirl, seen th...



Descendants: Mahalo to All That

Alexander Payne’s Hawaiian dramedy just misses greatness.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Alexander Payne made Sideways seven years ago, George Clooney lobbied hard for the role that was eventually played by Thomas Haden Church. Payne passed on Clooney, figuring that the star was too famous and good-looking to ...


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...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In Time (PG-13) Justin Timberlake stars in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller as a man who falls afoul of the law in a corrupt future society in which poor people die at age 25 while rich people live on without aging. A...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Event Horizon) directs this latest version of Alexandre Dumas père’s novel starring Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan, who teams up with Athos, Porthos, and...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Thing (R) The third film version of this story about a group of scientists at the South Pole who discover an alien life form that starts to prey on them. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thom...


Street Scenes

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Caravaggio! The very name quickens the pulse of art lovers who know the 17th-century Italian artist’s canvases. His dramatically lit tableaux depict biblical scenes with characters in contemporary dress. The live models used ...