Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Go Toward the Light

Good day, Sunshine! Danny Boyle’s space opera is intensely beautiful.
Kristian Lin
Sunshine has nothing to do with the similarly titled 2000 film that starred Ralph Fiennes as three generations of Hungarian Jews living through the 20th century, though oddly enough, they share an actor in common: Mark Strong.


Freezing Spell

While Harry Potter loses a loved one, his fifth movie loses something else.
Kristian Lin
The opening scene of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix takes place in brilliant sunshine, which we don’t often see in these movies.



The Brad Seed

Harry Potter, he ain’t. Joshua is a dreary entry in the evil-kid movie genre.
Kristian Lin
To begin with, the current film Joshua has nothing to do with the sleepy 2002 movie by the same name that starred Tony Goldwyn as a present-day carpenter who’s supposed to be Jesus.


Dreamgirl

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“Anyone who believes in expiration dates will not get in the way of the glory train! They must realize that the livers of the evil triangle rule!” Thus shouts a diminutive, gleaming-eyed doctor (shortly after giving a lucid...



Robots in Distress

The failure is system-wide in the new big-screen version of Transformers.
Kristian Lin
The time seems ripe for a re-evaluation of Michael Bay. It’s been almost 10 years since his Armageddon ruled the box office by sheer brute force of publicity, star power, and on-screen CGI explosions, and made millions of mov...


Nighttime Showings

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With two brilliant and provocative movies opening on Friday (see Film page), it’s good that the two other most interesting film-related local events are taking place on Thursday, so you won’t have to miss out.



Running Dead

An overrated zombie flick grows staler in a sequel set 28 Weeks Later.
Kristian Lin
Think it’s depressing being American these days? Try being British.


Violation

Breaking and Entering makes hash out of big issues, and that’s a petty crime.
Kristian Lin
Anthony Minghella made his name as the director of lush, cosmopolitan, epic literary adaptations with period settings, beginning with The English Patient in 1996 and continuing through The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.



Idiocracy

Forest Whitaker reigns supreme over the flawed The Last King of Scotland.
Kristian Lin
Throughout his career, Forest Whitaker has always been the nice guy.


Lord of the Wings

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When it came out in 1980, Airplane! was considered frenetically paced for a comedy film.