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End of Watch opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: End of Watch (R) The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña is the best thing in this buddy-cop thriller that thinks it’s more groundbreaking than it is. They portray L.A. beat cops who film themselves a...


Gerard Butler prepares to hit the practice field in "Playing for Keeps."

Playing for Keeps: Blown Dryer

After starting strong, this soccer romance fades badly in the second half.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not sure what convinced Gerard Butler and decision-makers in Hollywood that his best move was to start portraying brash Americans. Whatever it was, it has done him no favors in the past few years, as his acting has steadi...



Anthony Hopkins holds his next project in his hands in Hitchcock

Hitchcock: American Psycho

This behind-the-scenes drama runs into a few hitches.
KRISTIAN LIN
Nothing in Hitchcock tops its opening sequence. After serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) murders his brother with a shovel, the camera pans to Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) standing a few feet away, wearing a suit and...


Brad Pitt is an efficient problem solver in "Killing Them Softly."

Killing Them Softly: Cogan’s Bluff

When it’s not bashing America, this crime thriller is pretty good.
KRISTIAN LIN
Andrew Dominik is at home among thieves and killers. The New Zealander has made three films, and they’ve all been crime thrillers: the terrifying 2001 Australian entry Chopper, followed by the gorgeous and lethally dull 2007 ...



Keira Knightley gives up everything for love in Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina Under the Lights

In this movie, Tolstoy’s heroine hits the stage. The stage hits back.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wow, this is spooky. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. It was about the novel’s relationship to the stage — if my memory serves me, I wrote about how the book’s scenes at the theater...


It’s always crazy in Philadelphia: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook.

Silver Linings: Soaring Eagles

This comedy about mental illness and football cruises into the end zone.
KRISTIAN LIN
For whatever reason, this is a banner year for movies about mental illness set in Pennsylvania. We still have the excellent Pittsburgh teen flick The Perks of Being a Wallflower playing, and now from the other end of the state ...



A Bengal tiger and Suraj Sharma must share a boat to survive in "Life of Pi."

Life of Pi: Cat Away

An improbable survival story on the ocean makes for an Ang Lee masterpiece.
KRISTIAN LIN
Remember when I wrote about “unfilmable” novels in my review of Cloud Atlas a few weeks ago? Well, Yann Martell’s Life of Pi was supposed to be unfilmable, too — a largely plotless story filled with the philosophical po...


A Royal Affair opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Royal Affair (R) Based on 18th-century Danish history, Nikolaj Arcel’s drama is about a German doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) and an English-born queen (Alicia Vikander) who push her insane husband King Christian VII (Mik...



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CHOW, BABY
Is anyone else obsessed with those restaurant fix-it shows, like Restaurant Impossible and Kitchen Nightmares? I can’t get enough of British chefs yelling at hapless American restaurateurs, reducing them to blubbering childre...


Daniel Day-Lewis fights for freedom in Lincoln.

Lincoln: Long Live the Union

Daniel Day-Lewis overshadows Steven Spielberg’s political drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Here we are in 2012, and Steven Spielberg is still surprising me. Because Lincoln has been released one week after a presidential election, everyone is inevitably dissecting his movie for political content and its relevance to ...