Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Happy Feet Two: Heading South

The singing penguins poop out in this bizarre sequel.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m still trying to figure out how the disjointed and heavy-handed Happy Feet got such great reviews five years ago, but there’s no secret as to why it was such a big box-office hit: Six-year-old kids can’t resist the sig...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Immortals (R) Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) directs this epic starring Henry Cavill as Theseus, a mortal picked by the Greek gods to stop an evil king (Mickey Rourke) from destroying the human race. Also with Steph...



J. Edgar: Hoover Ville

An FBI director’s fascinating life turns into this dull biopic.
KRISTIAN LIN
Mark Harris recently wrote that while film critics often slam a movie whose directors and/or actors are better than its weak script, those same critics hardly ever claim the reverse, that a movie’s great script is butchered b...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Skin I Live In (R) Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film stars Antonio Banderas as an insane plastic surgeon who uses a captive patient (Elena Anaya) as a human guinea pig for his new artificial skin. Also with Marisa P...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In Time (PG-13) Justin Timberlake stars in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller as a man who falls afoul of the law in a corrupt future society in which poor people die at age 25 while rich people live on without aging. A...


Puss in Boots: Break an Egg

Though it has some laughs, this spinoff isn’t the cat’s meow.
KRISTIAN LIN
The biggest problem with Puss in Boots is that it has come out five years too late. The feline adventurer voiced by Antonio Banderas was introduced to us in Shrek 2 back in 2004, and there’s no mystery about why he has broken...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Event Horizon) directs this latest version of Alexandre Dumas père’s novel starring Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan, who teams up with Athos, Porthos, and...


Low Heat

A famous director’s daughter makes an uninspired debut.
KRISTIAN LIN
After several decades’ worth of movie directors’ sons taking up their fathers’ line of work, now we’re seeing directors’ daughters do the same, and not a minute too soon. The results have been unsurprisingly mixed. On...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Thing (R) The third film version of this story about a group of scientists at the South Pole who discover an alien life form that starts to prey on them. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thom...


Footloose: Almost Paradise

Let’s hear it for this musical remake that’s better than the original.
KRISTIAN LIN
Like many of you, I had zero expectations for the remake of Footloose. The original 1984 film has already had a second life as a Broadway musical. A third version just seemed like yet another case of Hollywood remaking somethin...