Despite boasting several important moral lessons, the period piece is more artificial than a polyester teddy bear stuffed with Splenda and Cheez Whiz — and...
Inkoo Kang Articles
- By Inkoo Kang on April 23, 2015 @ 6:54 pm
War and peace duke it out in a universal tale about the resilience of humanity in times of conflict
- By Inkoo Kang on April 23, 2015 @ 6:56 am
Seen through Crowe’s beauty-seeking if exoticizing camera, the Turkey-set period epic asks difficult and urgent questions about war and masculinity
‘The Age of Adaline’ Review: Blake Lively Auditions for Another Vogue Cover in Gorgeous But Forgettable RomanceBy Inkoo Kang on April 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Lively’s never been better, but “Adaline” is more interested in what she’s wearing than what her character’s thinking
- By Inkoo Kang on April 9, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander co-star in a stylish and thoughtful directorial debut from Alex Garland
- By Inkoo Kang on April 9, 2015 @ 9:12 am
Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Iain De Caestecker and Eva Mendes star in a bombastic exercise in sadism that’s all bluster, no brains
- By Inkoo Kang on April 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am
A populist take on simian society and alpha leadership leads to an entertaining look at caste systems in the animal kingdom
- By Inkoo Kang on April 6, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Kal Penn leads an up-and-coming cast with Georgie Henley and Kara Hayward in an ambitious and timely film about a modern-day Salem witch trial
- By Inkoo Kang on April 2, 2015 @ 9:47 am
The biopic is a better study of Victorian times than a portrait of Effie Gray, who dawdles for much too long before planning her escape...
- By Inkoo Kang on April 1, 2015 @ 11:59 am
The veteran trio of Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak and Parker Posey steals the picture from the younger cast in a capper that’s faithful but...
- By Inkoo Kang on March 26, 2015 @ 9:36 am
It’s nowhere near as polished as “Silver Linings Playbook,” but “Serena” teams up Cooper and Lawrence in another romance with vision and sympathy for damaged...
- By Inkoo Kang on March 24, 2015 @ 1:28 pm
The two make for a great comedy duo, but director Etan Cohen keeps pushing his film to the edge without finding its balance
- By Inkoo Kang on March 12, 2015 @ 11:57 am
David Robert Mitchell’s sophomore film reinvents horror by eschewing the genre’s common tricks
- By Inkoo Kang on March 11, 2015 @ 1:59 pm
Director Hawke finds a fascinating subject — and adopts an overly respectful approach — in his portrait of a charismatic retired concert pianist with a...
- By Inkoo Kang on March 9, 2015 @ 6:00 am
An overly familiar premise takes a dark, degrading turn in a nasty, unfun film that’ll benefit neither Heigl nor Wilson’s careers
- By Inkoo Kang on February 26, 2015 @ 12:24 pm
Kirby Dick’s follow-up to Oscar-nominated doc “The Invisible War” isn’t just a depress-a-thon, but also an inspiring chronicle of grassroots change
‘Drunktown’s Finest’ Review: Native American Drama Touchingly Reveals the Struggles Behind the StereotypesBy Inkoo Kang on February 19, 2015 @ 9:47 am
Director Sydney Freeland offers a rare glimpse into life on a reservation while treating her characters like people, not sociological specimens
- By Inkoo Kang on February 19, 2015 @ 8:36 am
Mae Whitman reveals herself to be one of the funniest actresses of her generation in a spot-on and endlessly quotable take on teenage “dramz” in...
‘Ana Maria in Novela Land’ Review: Smart, Hilarious Trading-Places Comedy is a Future Slumber-Party ClassicBy Inkoo Kang on February 16, 2015 @ 5:00 am
A spirited dual performance by Edy Ganem and a pointed telenovela spoof breathe plenty of life into a comedy that offers comfort through familiarity
- By Inkoo Kang on February 12, 2015 @ 8:32 am
An admirably demanding sing-through format can’t make up for a lack of chemistry and characters that barely budge off the page
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Review: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s BDSM Romance Is Mostly Porn Without PlotBy Inkoo Kang on February 10, 2015 @ 1:27 pm
Despite some missteps (and misunderstandings of the kinks it should be exploring), this adaptation of E.L. James’ bestseller will leave fans satisfied
- By Inkoo Kang on February 4, 2015 @ 10:33 am
Only those suffering severe Nicholas Sparks withdrawal should seek out this syrupy British rom-com, which is a pure sugar overload
- By Inkoo Kang on January 29, 2015 @ 11:58 am
Sundance 2015: Céline Sciamma’s portrait of young Parisian women seeking better lives starts strong, but ultimately falls short
- By Inkoo Kang on January 23, 2015 @ 7:39 am
Turns out hockey was right up there with nukes and the space race as a key factor in the Cold War
- By Inkoo Kang on January 23, 2015 @ 6:51 am
Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza co-star in this inexplicably panned drama (not a comedy!) that merits serious attention
- By Inkoo Kang on January 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am
The film mostly focuses on Lopez herself — a decision that robs it of the symbiosis of fear and attraction that makes an erotic thriller...
- By Inkoo Kang on January 14, 2015 @ 10:15 am
Breaking up is hard to do, in this intelligent and near-perfect directorial debut, but coming out to your Iranian-American parents is even harder
‘Song of the Sea’ Review: Dazzling Animation, Original Storytelling from the Makers of ‘The Secret of Kells’By Inkoo Kang on January 8, 2015 @ 10:54 am
There’s plenty to look at — and a whole lot to puzzle over — in this exquisite and enigmatic adaptation of an Irish epic
From “I, Frankenstein” to “Transcendence,” Alonso Duralde, Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi pick their least favorite of the year
From “Boyhood” to “Selma” — Alonso Duralde, Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi offer up their favorite films of the year