Posts Tagged ‘ryan’

Ides of March: Then Fall Caesar

Clooney and Gosling team up for this chilly political thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
There’s a difference between coolness and coldness. As an actor, George Clooney is cool, and the even-keeled assurance he projects onscreen often informs the movies in which he stars. As a director, he’s cold, and though hi...


Apollo 18: Stuck in Orbit

This “found-footage” fright about a secret NASA mission comes close to frightening but doesn’t land.
COLE WILLIAMS
The “found-footage” subgenre of horror movies is pretty hit and miss. For every The Last Exorcism, there’s a Diary of the Dead (sorry, Romero fans). Still, the conceit can provide an interesting setup for a well-made movi...



Death at a Funeral: Back from the Grave

A British farce returns, African-Americanized and slightly better.
KRISTIAN LIN
Marginally less annoying than the British movie that it’s based on, Death at a Funeral stars Chris Rock as a tax accountant/unpublished novelist named Aaron who’s dealing with a host of troublesome family issues after his f...


Heart-Stopping Humor

Static
It had to be the best quote of the last week, perhaps of the year thus far. The occasion was the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, where former prez Bill Clinton had agreed to stand in for Pre...



How Ya Get So Fly

KRISTIAN LIN
Jason Reitman has now directed three films, and so far the most famous is his second one, Juno. I suspect we’ll look back on that movie and see it as atypical of his work. Whereas Juno is about a teenage girl and written ...


Three Women

Definitely, Maybe you won’t want to see this unusual but uninspiring romance.
Kristian Lin
Definitely, Maybe is a lousy title, but I’m guessing the studio went with it because How I Met Your Mother was already taken.



Ryan Scroggins and The Trenchtown Texans

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Listen, elitist music bloggers, we get it.


Carter’s Malaise

A first-time filmmaker can’t spin a good story In the Land of Women.
Kristian Lin
I have a hard time looking at Meg Ryan right now. There are a few shots in her latest film, In the Land of Women, where she looks recognizably like the same actress who starred in Sleepless in Seattle.



Gripping

Kristian Lin
In The Believer, Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of a self-loathing Jewish neo-Nazi who plots to bomb his community’s synagogue, enchanted audiences at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Five years later, and the lanky Canadian did ...