Posts Tagged ‘real’

Riding in Cars With Boys

America Ferrera can’t keep this Latino indie drama from falling flat.
Kristian Lin
Recent movies as different as Danny Cannon’s Goal!


Meg & Dia

Listen Up
In today’s saturated music market, formula means everything. A flim-flam here or a stop-time there might be the difference between fame and obscurity. Most listeners, whether they’re aware of it or not, judge pop mu...



For God! For Country! For Foam!

A local battle-gaming group dukes it out south of Mexia.
Cole Williams
Is there anything better than wailing on someone with a foam stick?


Iran So Far Away

Quelle dommage! A brilliant graphic novel turns into an average animated movie.
Kristian Lin
A couple of months ago, Persepolis was the trendy pick among some movie critics as 2007′s best animated film.



The Joint Is Jumpin’

Big Ticket
Spike Lee once behaved like a jackass to one of this paper’s interns, but that doesn’t diminish the artistry of the films made by this unruly, bristling, angry, risk-loving giant of American cinema.


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.



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.


Half-Baked Alaska

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild sure runs long, but it never seems big enough.
Kristian Lin
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.



Mr. K.

Big Ticket
Martin McDonagh is a celebrated playwright for works such as The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan, but his reputation didn’t prevent his play The Pillowman from receiving wildly mixed reviews when it debut...


Stranger Than Fiction

Big Ticket
It’s odd that artists who are extremely prolific tend to be viewed with suspicion rather than being celebrated for giving the audience so much.