Posts Tagged ‘life’

They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
KRISTIAN LIN
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...


Becky’s New Car Stalls

Despite impeccable acting and an exhilarating start, Circle’s latest comes up short in the end.
JIMMY FOWLER
There’s a revealing bit of wisdom expressed by the title character of the bittersweet marital comedy Becky’s New Car, set to begin its final weekend of performances at Circle Theatre. Becky (Lisa Fairchild), a charming and ...



A Theatre Family: 35 Years of Hip Pocket

JEFF PRINCE
Siddhartha debuted its four-week run at the Hip Pocket Theatre recently, and the stage adaptation of Herman Hesse’s novel is a fitting choice for the troupe’s 35th anniversary season. The book’s theme of putting oneself i...


The Help: Maid in Mississippi

A best-selling novel becomes this charming, flawed movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel The Help became a huge popular success in 2009, Hollywood studios immediately rushed in with offers to have A-list filmmakers adapt the book for the big screen. The author held out, though,...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Another Earth (PG-13) Brit Marling co-writes and stars in this indie sci-fi movie as an astronomy student seeking redemption for an accident she caused on the night a duplicate Earth is discovered in the sky. Also with...


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...