Posts Tagged ‘plays’

Wars of Words

A great, neglected story from black history is turned into a square film.
Kristian Lin
While watching The Great Debaters, I wound up focusing on the supporting actors.


Sorry, Charlie

This real-life spy story has lots of star power and little pop.
Kristian Lin
It’s been 12 years since The American President, the last time Aaron Sorkin had his name on a produced movie DELETE.



Atonal Music

Even with a promising soloist, August Rush misses a boatload of notes.
Kristian Lin
I must confess, Freddie Highmore is starting to scare me a bit (in a good way, though).


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.



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.


My Name Is Earl

Mr. Brooks has some wicked fun, but Kevin Costner keeps it from being killer.
Kristian Lin
Kevin Costner has been miscast quite often in his career, but perhaps never more disastrously than in the movie out this week, Mr. Brooks.



Greed Is Bueno

Big Ticket
Almost 300 years lay between Shakespeare’s death and the beginning of the 20th century, and in that time theater did not go languishing.


College Boards

Big Ticket
We’re now far enough into the spring semester that collegiate theater departments have had time to rehearse and stage their new plays. Texas Wesleyan came out with its Benjamin Franklin play last week, and now most of the oth...



Lord of the Wings

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


Company Man

The Good Shepherd doesn’t go astray, but doesn’t lead anywhere exciting.
Kristian Lin
If you want a big-name actor to play a colorless guy with a hole in his soul, Matt Damon is now officially your man.