Posts Tagged ‘story’

Film Shorts

OPENING: The Girl Who Played With Fire (R) The sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo stars Michael Nyqvist as a Swedish journalist who finds his investigative partner (Noomi Rapace) the accused party in a high-profile murde...

Bringing the Heat

Yes, it’s a long hot summer already, even if you don’t live along the Gulf Coast. Some of the heat is welcome, some not so much. Out here on the prairie, the heat that’s building up is as much political as atmospheric —...

Pixar Re-Opens Its Toy Chest

Toy Story 3 can’t match the first two, but it’s fun.
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

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.
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.
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...


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

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

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 ...