Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Hanna and the Company

This teenager and her action thriller confuse me.
KRISTIAN LIN
Our action thrillers right now seem to be awash in young girls who are stone cold killers. The odd British entry Hanna is the latest of the bunch, coming after the flawed but unfairly maligned Sucker Punch and last year’s Kic...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cat Run (R) John Stockwell’s comic thriller is about two bumbling detectives (Scott Mechlowicz and Alphonso McAuley) hired to protect a high-priced escort (Paz Vega) after she learns some politically scandalous infor...



Source Code: Every Time I Die

Meet the great sci-fi thriller of the spring — and maybe the year.
KRISTIAN LIN
Spoiler alert: This review gives away a major plot point (but we’ll warn you again when it’s coming).


Insidious: Last House on the Left

Even though this fright goes overboard in the second half, it shines during the first.
COLE WILLIAMS
Damn, I love haunted house movies: The Haunting (the 1963 original), The Changeling, Alien (it’s a haunted house in space, OK?), you name it. I love being trapped in an enclosed, atmospheric, terrifying place. Now along comes...



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...


Jane Eyre: Viewer, I Married Him

A crisp new version of the story lacks a certain something.
KRISTIAN LIN
A girl in petticoats and great distress runs across a fog-encrusted heath while lush orchestral music on the soundtrack speaks to the tumult in her soul. Oh yeah, we’re in Jane Eyre. Specifically, we’re at the very beginnin...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Lincoln Lawyer (R) Matthew McConaughey stars in this adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novel as a defense attorney who tries to save a scion of wealth (Ryan Phillippe) from a murder charge. Also with Marisa Tomei,...


Limitless: One Pill Makes You Smarter

Get a dose of this brainy science-fiction flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
The diabolically clever science-fiction film Limitless begins with Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a wannabe New York writer who’s been creatively blocked for several years. After his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) finally cu...



Paul: Ancient Alien

Though filled with stereotypes and clichés, this road-trip buddy comedy still scores some laughs.
COLE WILLIAMS
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost go on a road trip with an alien: comedy gold, right? Well, close. Paul has a lot going for it, but it doesn’t quite reach the pinnacle of genre-comedy that the talent involved would lead you to expec...


To Hollywood And Back

How a Fort Worth boy turned a newspaper clipping into a major motion picture — and lived to tell about it.
STEVE MCVICKER
“The movie business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and...