Posts Tagged ‘story’

Pixar Re-Opens Its Toy Chest

Toy Story 3 can’t match the first two, but it’s fun.
KRISTIAN LIN
The following statement is true –– and also pretty much meaningless: Toy Story 3 is the weakest Pixar movie in the last 10 years. It’s true, because the movie never achieves the emotional weight of so many of its fellow P...


Afghanistan: Back to the front for the Weekly

DON JONES
expectation ek-spek-tay’-shun noun. A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future : Reality had not lived up to expectation.



Shrek Forever After: Fairy-Tale Ending

The ogre’s saga winds to a nice Rumpeled conclusion.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sobering reflection of the day: The little kids who are old enough to remember seeing the original Shrek in theaters are teenagers now. Similarly, the young men who made the original film have aged into young fatherhood, and th...


The Losers Is a Lost Cause

Logic goes out the window in this crappy shoot-’em-up.
STEVE STEWARD
Based on an award-winning, Vertigo-published comic, The Losers is about a top-secret Special Forces unit’s quest for revenge on a shadowy figure named Max (Jason Patric), who ordered the commandos’ death following a mission...



Dollhouse

Big Ticket
Written in 1983 by the Romanian playwright Gilles Ségal, The Puppetmaster of Lodz is less a piece of Holocaust kitsch than a spin on the old story of a puppeteer who starts to lose the distinction between fantasy and reality. ...


Calling All Docs

Big Ticket
Lovers of nonfiction cinema can enjoy five –– count ’em: five! –– documentary films being offered at various local venues. KinoMonda kicks things off on Wednesday with Waltz With Bashir, the Oscar-nominated animated f...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chloe (R) Atom Egoyan’s remake of Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie … stars Julianne Moore as a woman who suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) of infidelity and hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to test him. ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Repo Men (R) Jude Law stars in this sci-fi thriller as a man who repossesses new replacement human organs when their owners default on their payments. Also with Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Liev Schreiber, Carice van ...



School Sucks for Wimpy Kid

The preteen hero of this movie is uncool. Sadly, so is the movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
The clunky family movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid shares its title with a successful series of novels by Jeff Kinney, though the plot comes only from the first book. The wimpy kid in the title is Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), an 11...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Green Zone (R) Matt Damon stars in this thriller as a U.S. Army officer in the early days of the Iraq war who goes rogue while trying to find weapons of mass destruction. Also with Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ry...