Posts Tagged ‘series’

Harry’s End

The boy wizard goes back to school and graduates with distinction.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the line. The Hogwarts Express has reached its final destination. Please make sure to gather up all your robes and magic wands before exiting. We hope you have enjoyed your trip.


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Queen to Play (NR) Caroline Bottaro’s comedy stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a French chambermaid who escapes her life of poverty when she takes chess lessons from an American expat (Kevin Kline). Also with Valérie Lagra...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bad Teacher (R) Cameron Diaz stars in this comedy as a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed junior high schoolteacher who’s forced to shape up to win the heart of an idealistic substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake). Also wit...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beautiful Boy (R) Maria Bello and Michael Sheen star in this drama as a married couple dealing with the fallout after their college-student son (Kyle Gallner) goes on a shooting rampage at school before taking his own ...



Night & Day

ANTHONY MARIANI
WED ? 15 With Midnight in Paris playing at the Modern this week and the Picasso/Braque show at the Kimbell, the Cultural District is the place to be for lovers of French culture between the world wars. You can get even more of ...


Road Shows

Big Ticket
With the summer heat going at full blast, now’s a good time for the two special movie events going on this week. Movie houses have recently been reaching out to theater fans by showing Broadway performances, but what makes th...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Beginners (R) This autobiographical drama by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) stars Ewan McGregor as a man who’s shocked when his terminally ill, recently widowed father (Christopher Plummer) comes out of the closet. Also wi...


Superpowers Falter in the New X-Men

This reboot is just good enough in spots to disappoint you.
KRISTIAN LIN
Well, crap. I had such high hopes for X-Men: First Class. The fifth entry in this loosely connected series features the return of Bryan Singer, the filmmaker behind the excellent first two X-Men movies, as a story writer and pr...



Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
STEVE STEWARD
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...


Thor: Good God Almighty

Can Kenneth Branagh make a comic book movie? Thertainly!
KRISTIAN LIN
Everyone seems surprised that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor. Well, I’m not. True, he made his name directing and starring in a string of cinematic Shakespeare adaptations in the 1990s, but his love for the classics always...