Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Top 10 Movies of 2011

Foreigners trump Americans at the theaters this year.
KRISTIAN LIN
Do better next year, Hollywood. That’s how I feel as I look back on the movies of 2011. American films dominated my Top 10 lists the last two years, but this year both Hollywood and the indies consistently fell short, their b...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Artist (PG-13) Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film stars Jean Dujardin as a 1920s silent-movie star who resists the change to sound films. Also with Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, ...



Two by Spielberg

The director adapts children’s books. One comes out well.
KRISTIAN LIN
Only a filmmaker of Steven Spielberg’s stature could convince two rival Hollywood studios to put out two films by him in the same week, and during Christmas, no less. The Adventures of Tintin is based specifically on three 19...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Tom Cruise returns as a secret agent who’s forced to go rogue after his organization is framed for a terrorist bombing. Also with Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg...



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...



Hugo, Marilyn: Blasts From the Past

Glories of cinema history come to life in these two films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This season seems to have brought us a lot of filmmakers reaching into cinema’s distant past for stories. My Week With Marilyn takes its cue from the 1950s, while Hugo goes back to the very beginnings of film, and the upcomin...


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...