Posts Tagged ‘movie reviews’
Will Ferrell poses in front of a negative ad aimed at Zach Galifianakis in "The Campaign."

Fizzy Campaign

Will Ferrell and company stump for laughs in this election season.
KRISTIAN LIN
When we last left Will Ferrell, he was starring in Casa de mi Padre, an intriguing though failed experiment in genre parody. His new comedy, The Campaign, is a better, funnier movie, and even if it doesn’t rank among Ferrellâ...


Colin Farrell gets his mind royally messed with in "Total Recall."

Rebooting Total Recall

I forget why they remade this sci-fi thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
On paper, remaking Total Recall is a better idea than restarting the Spider-Man series. The original film came out back in 1990, and while its special effects were cutting-edge at the time, technology has reached heights since ...



Quvenzhané Wallis faces down an extinct creature in the Louisiana bayou in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Animal Kingdom

Break out the o-word for this festival darling.
KRISTIAN LIN
The wildly original Beasts of the Southern Wild comes to Grapevine this week toting a host of critical hosannas and an eye-catching haul of festival awards, having won the Grand Jury Prize and cinematography awards at Sundance ...


Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt have a heart-to-heart in Your Sister’s Sister.

Your Sister’s Sister: Cabin in the Woods

This domestic comedy portends good things for Lynn Shelton.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to one of the more significant emerging talents in independent film right now. Lynn Shelton was associated early on with the so-called “mumblecore” movement, but she stood out fr...



Christian Bale ponders the end of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.

Dark Knight Rises: Bane Capital

Batman hangs up his cowl in Christopher Nolan’s final chapter.
KRISTIAN LIN
If The Dark Knight Rises is truly Christopher Nolan’s last Batman film, this is a hell of a way for the series to go out. While this third chapter isn’t as cogent a political statement as The Dark Knight and doesn’t offer...


Alec Baldwin looks on (or does he?) as Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg make out in To Rome With Love.

Woody Goes To Rome

And takes lots of famous actors with him in this scattered comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Set in the Eternal City, Woody Allen’s latest comedy, To Rome With Love, is a ragged but not unenjoyable piece that feels like something the filmmaker tossed off on his vacation. Given how prolific Woody Allen is, it’s mira...



Ice Age: Continental Drift

A Fourth Ice Age

The series remorselessly drags on with no end in sight.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you buy a ticket to see Ice Age: Continental Drift, you will see a lovely, clever, surprisingly moving animated film that ends in deeply satisfying fashion. Unfortunately, that movie isn’t the fourth installment of the Ice...


The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and multiple prizes at Cannes, Beasts of the Southern Wild opens Thursday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and multiple prizes at Cannes, Benh Zeitlin’s fantasy stars Quvenzhané Wallis as a six-year-old girl in ...



Andrew Garfield hits the ceiling of a New York City subway car in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: New Silk Threads

A baby wall-crawler hatches in this restart of the superhero franchise.
KRISTIAN LIN
A scant five years after Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst decamped from the Spider-Man series, Sony Pictures has already decided to start the series over with new talent. The resulting movie, called The Amazing Spide...


Happy Fourth of July! Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, and Channing Tatum salute our armed forces in "Magic Mike."

Magic Mike: Comic Strip

Steven Soderbergh’s stripper drama is more than just thongs and chest oil.
KRISTIAN LIN
A few years ago, Steven Soderbergh made a movie called The Girlfriend Experience about a high-priced prostitute, in which he cast a porn star in the lead role. Instead of coming off like a stunt, his film turned out to be a ser...