Posts Tagged ‘rated’

Cowboys and Amphibians

Yee-haw! A strange animated Western leads this week’s films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into a bizarre and wondrous alternate reality.  


Imaginarium, Youth in Revolt Finally Out

KRISTIAN LIN
Some films go from blank page to your local movie screen relatively quickly; Up in the Air wrapped principal photography last spring, which is why it feels so timely. In other cases, exigent circumstances (better known as real ...



Carlitos’ Way

Under the Same Moon, a Mexican kid travels illegally and weepily across America.
Kristian Lin
The recent surge in Mexican-made films on both sides of the U.S. border has had mostly positive results, but I suppose we were due to see a downside at some point.


Pond’s Life

A Euless filmmaker splits time and space in his feature debut cop thriller.
Kristian Lin
When Russ Pond was a boy, he played around with an 8mm camera and made home movies with his brother.



Death Warmed Over

A weepy, fuzzy end-of-life drama will leave you wanting to kick The Bucket List.
Kristian Lin
Remember last year’s Oscars, when Jack Nicholson showed up at the ceremony with a shaven head and everybody said, “Ooh, it’s Jack Nicholson with a shaven head!”?


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.



Out of the Past

The heroes of The Fountain and Déjà Vu come unstuck in time, with mixed results.
Kristian Lin
Unlike painting or sculpture, movies exist in time, a fact that we’re reminded of whenever we hurry to grab a seat before the 7:20 showing starts. The medium is also uniquely equipped to play with story time and screen time t...