Posts Tagged ‘story’

The Artist: Quiet on the Set

This French silent film is unique, crowd-pleasing, and powerful.
KRISTIAN LIN
After premiering at last summer’s Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and a Best Actor prize, The Artist has played to rapturous reception at festivals (including the Lone Star International Film Festival) and art houses, pi...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In the Land of Blood and Honey (R) Angelina Jolie’s first film as writer-director is this English-language war film about a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic) and a Muslim artist (Zara Marjanovic) whose romance is transf...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Young Goethe in Love (NR) This German film by Philipp Stölzl (North Face) stars Alexander Fehling as the 23-year-old aspiring poet in 1772 who falls for a woman (Miriam Stein) who’s engaged to someone else. Also wit...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Descendants (R) George Clooney stars in Alexander Payne’s adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel about a wealthy Hawaii lawyer trying to raise his daughters in the aftermath of a boating accident that left his...



Skin I Live In: Hide and Sick

Pedro Almodóvar rediscovers his twisted side. Cool!
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, here’s one of the more messed-up things I’ve seen in a while, and I mean that mostly in a good way. Much of the chatter about The Skin I Live In has been about Pedro Almodóvar’s reunion with Antonio Banderas, his hab...


Happy Feet Two: Heading South

The singing penguins poop out in this bizarre sequel.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m still trying to figure out how the disjointed and heavy-handed Happy Feet got such great reviews five years ago, but there’s no secret as to why it was such a big box-office hit: Six-year-old kids can’t resist the sig...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Immortals (R) Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) directs this epic starring Henry Cavill as Theseus, a mortal picked by the Greek gods to stop an evil king (Mickey Rourke) from destroying the human race. Also with Steph...


J. Edgar: Hoover Ville

An FBI director’s fascinating life turns into this dull biopic.
KRISTIAN LIN
Mark Harris recently wrote that while film critics often slam a movie whose directors and/or actors are better than its weak script, those same critics hardly ever claim the reverse, that a movie’s great script is butchered b...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Skin I Live In (R) Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film stars Antonio Banderas as an insane plastic surgeon who uses a captive patient (Elena Anaya) as a human guinea pig for his new artificial skin. Also with Marisa P...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In Time (PG-13) Justin Timberlake stars in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller as a man who falls afoul of the law in a corrupt future society in which poor people die at age 25 while rich people live on without aging. A...