Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Moneyball: A’s for Effort

This baseball movie for brainiacs is unflashy and productive.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Oakland A’s are currently a distant third in the American League West behind Anaheim and our own Texas Rangers. Though they made the playoffs several times in the early ’00s, the team never won a World Series and has be...


Among the Killer Elite

Survival is all that matters in Jason Statham’s latest and cruelest.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seeing the poster for yet another Jason Statham movie, you’re probably thinking that Killer Elite is exactly like all the others. You’re right, too, except that it’s actually quite good. That’s the thing about Jason Sta...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Straw Dogs (R) Rod Lurie’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller stars James Marsden and Kate Bosworth as a married couple who come into deadly conflict with the locals when they move back to her hometown in the ...


Winding Drive

Ryan Gosling fuels this great, strange, romantic thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
Oh, damn, Ryan Gosling is cool. He’s so cool that it hurts you deep inside. He has become famous as a romantic lead, and indeed his half-smile is enough to melt the stoniest heart. He flashes it occasionally in Drive, but tha...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bellflower (R) Evan Glodell writes, directs, and stars in this micro-budget action film as a young man with apocalyptic fantasies who goes off the deep end after his girlfriend (Jessie Wiseman) ends their affair. Also ...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 7 It seems eminently logical that a New Orleans jazzman and an English rock guitarist would find common musical ground. And so we have Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, a broadcast of a performance at Linco...



They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
KRISTIAN LIN
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...


Apollo 18: Stuck in Orbit

This “found-footage” fright about a secret NASA mission comes close to frightening but doesn’t land.
COLE WILLIAMS
The “found-footage” subgenre of horror movies is pretty hit and miss. For every The Last Exorcism, there’s a Diary of the Dead (sorry, Romero fans). Still, the conceit can provide an interesting setup for a well-made movi...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Apollo 18 (PG-13) Gonzalo López-Gallego’s vérité horror movie is about two NASA astronauts whose moon mission in the 1970s comes to a bad end. (Opens Friday)


First You Get the Money

Big Ticket
“Io sono Tony Montana!” screams an Italian teenager who’s delighted at being given his first machine gun in the 2009 Mafia drama Gomorrah. That speaks to the wide cultural net that has been cast by Scarface, the 1983 gang...