Posts Tagged ‘life’

I Am You, Man: The Change-Up

Two actors squeeze every laugh out of this identity flip.
KRISTIAN LIN
I find myself becoming more and more impatient with these comedies about married dads pining for their younger, carefree bachelor days. Don’t get me wrong: I totally understand men in that situation wondering about the road n...


Beats, Rhymes & Life: Rap Promoters

This hip-hop documentary is like butter.
KRISTIAN LIN
A Tribe  Called  Quest came along in the  early 1990s, when hip-hop music was dominated by murderously petty feuds and aggressive braggadocio. In this environment, Tribe’s socially conscious brand of rap stood ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) Jon Favreau’s adaptation of a comic book is about an alien invasion in an Arizona town in 1873, starring Daniel Craig as an amnesiac stranger who holds the key to defeating the aliens. Al...


A Widow Needs A Little Help

Jenna Fischer finally gets the starring role in this indie drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Steve Carell isn’t the only star of TV’s The Office with a movie out this week. Jenna Fischer charmed millions of viewers portraying the sweetly downtrodden receptionist on that show, but she’s never come close to having ...



Women on Boards

Big Ticket
Written as a 60th birthday present for a member of the board of directors at Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has had a successful life among regional theater companies since its premiere in 2008. Inspired by a ground...


Battleground Wittenberg

Dr. Faustus and Martin Luther fight for Hamlet’s soul in Amphibian Stage Production’s current show.
JIMMY FOWLER
For a show that explores sober themes like the conflict between faith and reason, Amphibian Stage Productions’ Wittenberg has a surprising amount of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Playwright David Davalos’ highly litera...



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...


A Better Life, Mi Hijo

A great performance distinguishes this immigration drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember watching Gregory Nava’s drama El Norte for my high-school Spanish class. I thought about that film while I was watching A Better Life, a movie that is also set in the world of illegal Latino immigrants in the Unite...



Skateland: Brand New Key

This Texas-set indie drama idly spins its wheels.
KRISTIAN LIN
The makers of Skateland are all from Longview, and it was filmed mostly in Shreveport and Marshall. Texans will probably find that bit of quasi-local information more interesting than anything that happens in this earnest drama...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Sucker Punch (PG-13) Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) writes and directs this fantasy-adventure saga about a mental patient (Emily Browning) who imagines her stay in an institution as part of an epic quest involving her fel...