Posts Tagged ‘movie’

The Other Elizabeth

Cate Blanchett returns for a royally disappointing sequel about England’s queen.
Kristian Lin
In 1998, an Indian director and his Australian leading lady collaborated on Elizabeth, a chilling historical drama that brought their largely unknown names to the world’s attention.


Not a Novelty

This week’s discussion topic: The Jane Austen Book Club, which falls into a cozy trap.
Kristian Lin
When I reviewed Becoming Jane two months ago (“Conduct Unbecoming,” Aug. 8), I mentioned how certain movies and books imagine a romantic life for Jane Austen, when history indicates that none existed.



Half-Baked Alaska

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild sure runs long, but it never seems big enough.
Kristian Lin
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.


Arabesque

The politically aware action thriller The Kingdom has something for everyone.
Kristian Lin
The Kingdom is the fourth movie directed by Peter Berg, and it’s obviously his bid to join that elite club of filmmakers whose action thrillers appeal to both the popcorn-eating masses and the socially conscious moviegoers.



Mario Imbroglio

The arcade fire starts over a Donkey Kong controversy in this enjoyable documentary.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago I called No End in Sight the best documentary so far this year.


Duck and Cover

Theaters offer a double shot of Terrence Howard, but only one movie’s any good.
Kristian Lin
After years of toiling unappreciated in movies that nobody saw, Terrence Howard finally got his fingers on the brass ring two years ago with a memorable appearance in the Oscar-winning Crash and an Oscar-nominated lead role in ...



Desert Dogs

High-falootin’ scootin’ shootin’ sons of guns from Arizona hold up the 3:10 to Yuma.
Kristian Lin
3:10 to Yuma began life as a Western short story written by Elmore Leonard in 1953, before he made his reputation writing crime fiction.


Black Screens

Big Ticket
The term “film noir” was invented by French critics in the late 1950s as a label for a set of movies that Hollywood started making in the ’40s.



Problem Kids

Mixed success is the name of the game for three movies out this week.
Kristian Lin
It’s fun to extol good movies and trash bad ones, but an awful lot of stuff falls in between those poles.


1.83 Meters Under

British rotters run round and round in the repellent Death at a Funeral.
Kristian Lin
What’s more depressing than a farce that isn’t funny? Uh, war, famine, poverty, reruns of bad reality TV shows, a few other things.