Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Baby, It’s Fate

A double dose of Javier Bardem, in English-language films of varying quality
KRISTIAN LIN
Javier Bardem made his American debut and snagged an Oscar nomination all in one bang when he portrayed the gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in the 2001 biopic Before Night Falls.


The Man in the Fred Suit

Bitter and schmaltzy, this comedy about Santa’s brother doesn’t fly.
Kristian Lin
The trailers for Fred Claus that showed in theaters last Christmas pitched the movie at adults — the director of Wedding Crashers re-teaming with Vince Vaughn to make a comedy about Santa Claus’ unjolly brother.



Lone Star Movie Stars

Big Ticket
It’s finally here, ladies and gentlemen. After years of a cultural scene without a film festival to its name, Fort Worth finally gets back on the horse when the first Lone Star International Film Festival takes place downtown...


Earthly Delight

John Cusack helps elevate a big-budget popcorn flick to an emotionally honest character drama.
Cole Williams
Just when you think you’ve seen every type of Hollywood family drama, along comes something nice to revitalize your faith in mainstream cinema.



Unoriginal Gangster

Ridley Scott tries to make the Citizen Kane of crime flicks and falls short.
Kristian Lin
The shortcomings of American Gangster are right there in the title. It’s the latest film by Ridley Scott, a director who long ago was pegged as a mythmaker.


Also-Ran

In case you haven’t noticed, the indie dramedy formula won’t be going away anytime soon, thanks to movies like Dan.
Cole Williams
Of all the young, male comedic actors who have recently been in or directed movies that don’t hew to formula, Steve Carell is arguably tops of the class.



Beyond Popcorn

The food might outshine the film at two nearby dinner-and-movie chains.
Kristian Lin
As the film critic for this newspaper, I’m occasionally asked whether I eat while I’m watching movies.


Mr. Bagman

The flawed legal thriller Michael Clayton still wins favorable judgment.
Kristian Lin
You shouldn’t be surprised that Michael Clayton is currently being overrated by America’s film critics. The movie practically begs for it.



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.