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"Snowden": Love, Life and Privacy in the Time of Surveillance

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 09.16.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Oliver Stone's excellent new film "Snowden" is a primer on life in the digital age - the perils to privacy, professionalism and the personal. Through an extended series of flashbacks in the life of whistleblower Edward Snowden, Stone shows us the impacts of global surveillance on relationships from international to interpersonal.

Oliver Stone's Snowden: Toronto Film Festival From Afar

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.12.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On Friday night, Oliver Stone's new movie, Snowden, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Early reviews were embargoed until then. But I can tell you, from the reaction of a tony crowd at a summer screening in East Hampton, let the award season begin with this movie.

'London Has Fallen'... and Can't Get Up!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 03.07.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and Chief Security Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) are attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister when all hell breaks loose.

London Has Fallen

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.02.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

A good action/thriller movie keeps you tense, engaged and excited. A great action/thriller does all that and you still feel anxious long after you've ...

Woodstock Film Festival Turns Sweet 16

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 10.12.2015 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher

In my absence, singer/songwriter (and ex-music critic) Charles Lyonhart covered this year's Woodstock Film Festival. Here's his report: The Woodstoc...

The Man Off-Screen

Camila Mendoza | Posted 01.08.2015 | Teen
Camila Mendoza

Robin taught me that life was meant to be lived with passion. He taught me that even though we all go through harrowing times in our lives, we always have humor and love to distract us.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Robin Williams Is 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment

Imagine that you're told you have 90 minutes left to live. How would you spend it? That's the question Robin Williams is left to ponder in "The Angrie...

Only I Didn't Say Fudge (or: The Sociology of Profanity)

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Profanity isn't shocking anymore. It's not edgy or sassy or hip or rebellious. It's just a sad, tiresome example of our shrinking vocabulary. Thanks, Twitter. People swear when they have nothing to say, but they want to talk. My feeling? You're not getting paid by the word and you're not a sailor. So keep it simple.

Pitching for Manipur: Documentary Sheds New Light on Northeast India Through Baseball

Jaime Lubin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

The Only Real Game follows passionate Manipuri baseball players fighting for happiness amid the daily chaos that threatens their lives. When U.S. envoys from MLB arrive to tutor Manipuri coaches, the love of a game shared by two disparate cultures becomes a powerful force for change and hope.

Movie Review: Charlie Countryman

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fredrik Bond's Charlie Countryman is an intriguing directorial debut: a blend of the madcap and the maniacal, a movie that mixes tones in ways that shouldn't work but do.

LA Elba... Banishment

Peter Mehlman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.

Hugh Jackman's a Family Guy in Prisoners

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"I'm a sports nut," explained Hugh Jackman, joyful that his son decided to join the school soccer team. The actor and song man was making his way arou...

See This Movie: David Rosenthal on His 'White Trash Noir' Film

Chris Weitz | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Weitz

A Single Shot, is good because it made me feel envious. How did he get that cast? How did he get that look? How did he manage to maintain such a gnarly tone and pace in a laconic backwoods noir? I asked...

Movie Review: Prisoners - Don't Believe the Hype

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Denis Villeneuve had two films at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The better one was called Enemy. The one that's getting the big studio release this week is called Prisoners.

Movie Review: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in Intense Prisoners

Caryn James | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
Caryn James

Prisoners is an extraordinarily well-made popcorn movie. Like most thrillers, this one doesn't provoke us to take things so personally; that's why thrillers make for great escapism.

Melissa Leo Wins For 'Louie'

Posted 09.15.2013 | TV

Melissa Leo has won an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy category for her role in "Louie." Leo beat out nominees Melissa McCarthy, ...

INTENSE

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment

As its title indicates, a single shot sets off a string of chaotic events in the new movie starring Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy. "A Single Sh...

Hugh Jackman Is Taking No 'Prisoners'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment

Guys, you still don't want to mess with Hugh Jackman. As for Terrence Howard? Well, perhaps. Or so it goes in the newest trailer for "Prisoners," ...

Hugh Jackman Wants Revenge

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment

A riveting new trailer for "Prisoners," a suspense thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Da...

Oblivion... Forgettable

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.17.2013 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Oblivion begins with great art direction and sci-fi special effects and ends with you longing for Tom Cruise to return to a romantic comedy. Any romantic comedy.

Review: Olympus Has Fallen

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Olympus Has Fallen offers a level of jingoistic fear-mongering the likes of which are more commonly associated with a 1980s Chuck Norris vehicle. It isn't terribly smart and it peaks in the first act, but damned if I didn't enjoy the picture nonetheless.

ReThink Review: Olympus Has Fallen - In Defense of (Some) Movie Violence

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

How do we decide which types of violent entertainments are appropriate and which are gratuitous and glorifying? As with most difficult issues, context is key.

Under Attack: 7 Thwarted Acts of Terror in America

Posted 03.01.2013 | Entertainment

It has been said that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Fortunately there has been no shortage of good men an...

Speechless at the Oscars

Brian Rooney | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Rooney

The Oscar acceptance speech is the opportunity for recipients to be remembered not just for the work they did, but also for what they graciously said about winning.