Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Rooney Mara tries to keep it together at a ritzy party with Channing Tatum in Side Effects.

Side Effects: Magic Pill

Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller defies your early diagnosis.
KRISTIAN LIN
Warning: This review gives away a major plot twist in the film. Do not read after the spoiler alert if you wish to be surprised.   An early front-runner for the best movie of 2013, Side Effects is a bit of a throwback. It ...


“A high-quality mess”: Orchid City’s Downtown Burger. Lee Chastain

Viet-La.

Craving Asian-Cajun fare? Orchid City’s got you covered.
JIMMY FOWLER
The concept of an “Asian-Cajun” fusion restaurant may sound unusual to some people, but it really shouldn’t: Louisiana has a huge population of Asian-American citizens, especially from southeast countries like Vietnam. Bu...



Nicholas Hoult ponders his place in Darwinian theory in Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies: My Heart Skips a Beat

This zombie comedy has a lot of talent, but it’s the wrong kind.
KRISTIAN LIN
The field is unexpectedly crowded when it comes to zombie movies that are funny. If Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies falls short of the magnificent standard set by Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombi...


Christopher Walken and Al Pacino re-enact old times in "Stand Up Guys."

Stand Up Guys: Last Valentine

Pacino and Walken form a disappointing partnership in this mob drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
To be clear, Stand Up Guys is not about comedians telling jokes in nightclubs. Instead, it’s a shaggy drama about two retired New Jersey mobsters facing their mortality. More to the point, it’s a vehicle for two brilliant l...



Mama opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Mama (PG-13) Jessica Chastain stars in this horror flick as a woman whose husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) takes in his two feral nieces (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse) after they’re discovered living alone ...


The artist's "Ophelia" on display in "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters."

Gregory Crewdson: Motionless Pictures

This documentary follows a photographer and his elaborate suburban tableaux.
KRISTIAN LIN
For whatever reason, 2012 has yielded a bumper crop of documentary films about prominent artists: Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, and Gerhard Richter have all seen their work showcased on the big screen this past year. Why not? It...



SmartAss - 1781.NEF

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Haunted House (R) Marlon Wayans stars in and co-writes this parody of found-footage horror movies. Also with Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Alanna Ubach, Affion Crockett, Nick Swardson,...


Jessica Chastain awaits confirmation of bin Laden’s death in Zero Dark Thirty.

Zero Dark Thirty: Tortured Logic

Osama gets killed. Woo-hoo! But this movie has some major issues.
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, everyone. Here it is, the movie where Osama bin Laden bites the big one. And yeah, it’s also topping lots of film critics’ lists of the best movies of 2012, and it’s a mortal lock for multiple Oscar nominations, but w...



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Gangster Squad: Old Hats

This retro cop thriller is rotten at its core.
KRISTIAN LIN
As you’ve probably heard, Gangster Squad was supposed to arrive in theaters last September, but it was also supposed to include a scene (visible in the film’s early trailers) of the bad guys shooting up the audience in a mo...


Zero Dark Thirty opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Zero Dark Thirty (R) Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Édgar Ramírez, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, ...