Posts Tagged ‘takes’

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush return for this fourth adventure as two pirates searching for the fountain of youth. Also with Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNall...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Everything Must Go (R) The recipient of a surprise screening at last year’s Lone Star Film Festival, this drama stars Will Ferrell as an alcoholic, recently unemployed man who keeps his possessions out on his front l...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Beaver (PG-13) Jodie Foster directs and co-stars in this film about a business executive (Mel Gibson) who suffers a mental breakdown and communicates with the world solely through his beaver hand puppet. Also with ...


Limitless: One Pill Makes You Smarter

Get a dose of this brainy science-fiction flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
The diabolically clever science-fiction film Limitless begins with Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a wannabe New York writer who’s been creatively blocked for several years. After his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) finally cu...



The Illusionist: Scots Oui, Oui

A French animation genius returns to the screen at last.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seven years ago, Sylvain Chomet captured the world’s attention with his animated feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville. At the time, many critics including me saw the influence of Jacques Tati, the great mid-20th-cent...


Driving the Limit

Pixar shifts into a lower gear and makes Cars into a leisurely scenic outing.
Kristian Lin
You could hear the tiniest stirrings of something on the internet about Cars. Not necessarily a backlash but something smaller: criticism of the movie’s trailer, saying the jokes were too cutesy and the cars with eyes in thei...



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. ...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 24 Q Cinema’s offering this month comes to us from Argentina. Plan B is about a man who plots revenge against his ex-girlfriend by seducing the man she left him for. Well, that’s one way to get revenge. The film scree...



Greenberg: Roger That

Ben Stiller is a bastard in this excellent drama about a failure.
KRISTIAN LIN
Two things you should know off the bat about Greenberg. First, it’s a deeply unlikable movie. Second, I liked it. You see, most movies have main characters who are nice people, because moviegoers tend to prefer the company of...


Crouching Vikings, Hidden Dragon

A kids’ book series becomes … an Iraq war allegory?
KRISTIAN LIN
The new animated movie How to Train Your Dragon takes its title and the names of its characters from a successful series of novels by Cressida Cowell, but otherwise you’d have a hard time recognizing the books as the source o...