Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
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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Get Stuffed at Buffalo West

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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 ...



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Sessions: The 36-Year-Old Virgin

John Hawkes takes flight and leaves the rest of this disability drama behind.
KRISTIAN LIN
You can get a double dose of John Hawkes this week. The 53-year-old character actor was in Fort Worth last weekend to be feted by the Lone Star International Film Festival. Now he has both a small role in Lincoln (see above rev...


Javier Bardem just wants to feel Daniel Craig’s pectoral muscles in Skyfall.

Skyfall: The Divine Ms. M

James Bond is back, but his boss makes this better than ever.
KRISTIAN LIN
One thing the James Bond series has been known for is the “Bond girls,” those hot women of various ethnicities and varying degrees of usefulness in a crisis whom 007 unfailingly takes to bed. The newest Bond movie, Skyfall,...



Dave Bautista and RZA tangle near the end of "The Man With the Iron Fists."

Iron Fists: Wu, No!

This hip-hop kung fu flick is for RZA fans and no one else.
KRISTIAN LIN
Before he called himself RZA and conquered a big swath of the hip-hop world, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs was a teenager in New York, escaping his rough childhood by watching kung fu movies at theaters in Times Square. His love of t...


The Details opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Details (R) Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek) writes and directs this black comedy about an unscrupulous doctor (Tobey Maguire) whose marriage and career are destroyed when a family of raccoons invades his backyard. A...



This is my idea of fun, playing video games. Wreck-It Ralph (center) pours out his troubles to his fellow video-game villains.

Wreck-It Ralph: Pixel Sticks

A video-game bad guy’s crisis brings this charming Disney comedy to life.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’ve seen much of Disney’s new animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, before. Movies like Despicable Me and Megamind have already spun traditional stories by adopting the bad guys’ point of view. The Toy Story series mined the s...


The Awakening opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Awakening (R) This period horror flick begins promisingly before collapsing into a pile of nonsense. Rebecca Hall stars as a scientific debunker of supernatural hoaxes in 1921 England. When a schoolmaster (Dominic ...