Posts Tagged ‘turns’

The Top 10

KRISTIAN LIN
America’s economy may still be in recovery, but our film industry is in good health financially and (more importantly) artistically. That seems to be the major conclusion that I’ve drawn from the more than 200 movie...


I Taped an Alien

KRISTIAN LIN
If The Fourth Kind had come out next spring, we could have dismissed it as a Johnny-come-lately rip-off of Paranormal Activity. Coming out now, this alien-abduction flick will likely receive a fairer hearing because writer-dire...



Make It Rainn

Kristian Lin
Modestly watchable, The Rocker is nowhere near the level of Almost Famous or The School of Rock, this decade’s great movies about rock bands. However, it is the only rock-and-roll movie I can recall in which the drummer i...


North Country

Two Mexicans and one father drive this low-budget, high-powered drama.
Kristian Lin
Christopher Zalla’s first feature filmmaking effort screened at Sundance in 2007 under the title Padre Nuestro, where it became the first Spanish-language film to win the festival’s grand jury prize.



Well Drilled

Remarkable as There Will Be Blood often is, our film critic refuses to gush.
Kristian Lin
I did something unusual while preparing to write my review of There Will Be Blood: I read everybody else’s reviews.


The Man in the Fred Suit

Bitter and schmaltzy, this comedy about Santa’s brother doesn’t fly.
Kristian Lin
The trailers for Fred Claus that showed in theaters last Christmas pitched the movie at adults — the director of Wedding Crashers re-teaming with Vince Vaughn to make a comedy about Santa Claus’ unjolly brother.



Jack of Diamonds

New blood and new attitude make Ocean’s Thirteen luckier than Twelve.
Kristian Lin
OK, so Ocean’s Twelve came out two and a half years ago, and a lot of ticket-buyers felt as if the thieves on the screen had robbed them of their eight bucks.


Nodding Off

Is The Science of Sleep a great movie? In your dreams, pal!
Kristian Lin
Often you hear about how comedy stars who act in movies need to be kept in line by directors. Well, Michel Gondry is a director who needs comic geniuses to stay disciplined. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the...



Ray LaMontagne

Listen Up
Ray LaMontagne was a critic’s favorite two years ago upon the release of his debut album, Trouble, a largely acoustic, bucolic paean to desperation and love. The singer-songwriter was aptly likened to a wide slew of ’60s an...


Look Up in the Sky

Kristian Lin
Forget the buzz that the latest Superman movie has a “Superman is gay” subtext. The real subtext of Superman Returns is that Superman is Jesus. The film is drawing raves from my fellow critics, and I wish I could join in, b...