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ReThink Review: The Martian -- Is Matt Damon the Next Tom Hanks?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do funny stuff on late night shows, and both display an effortless, non-threatening, regular-guy appeal that makes them easy to relate to and root for.

Zaki's Review: The Martian

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I first read Andy Weir's bestseller The Martian a little over a year ago. Actually, "inhaled" might be a better word to use. The story, about an astronaut stranded on Mars, his struggle to survive and the struggles on Earth to try and bring him home, is about as gripping a book as I've ever consumed,

The Martian

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Flashback to the films Interstellar and Gravity. This latest voyage into outer space places itself firmly between the two. It's not as sterile as the former and not nearly as entrancing as the latter. The entertainment value is steady, but once the premise is set, the storyline becomes predictable.

Ant-Man -- Comedy and Action Combined

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.24.2015 | Teen

From Marvel comes the newest superhero thriller, Ant-Man with a mixture of comedy and action that brings pleasure for people of all ages.

Here's What It's Like To Be An 'Ant-Man' In Real Life

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment

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Movie Review: Ant Man... CGI Reigns, But Not Much Else

Carole Mallory | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Paul Rudd is charming as the Ant Man. He is not too broad which he has a tendency to be, but plays it just right.

Movie Review: Ant-Man -- Hold the insecticide

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I believe comic-book movies -- and the overweening Comic-Con mentality that has consumed the Hollywood studios -- are strangling the movie industry, in part because these movies are so generic. Which may be why I enjoyed Ant-Man so much.

Zaki's Review: Ant-Man

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Right around the point where the titular heroes were laying waste to seemingly endless hordes of robotic drones, with laser beams and rubble and wreckage flying hither and thither, I realized I was having a real hard time staying interested in any of what was happening.

Gracepoint Is a Show You Should Be Watching

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

If you haven't been watching Gracepoint, and the ratings say you haven't, you have been missing a show that is pure quality in every aspect. It is a shame it has not developed a following. Of course it is never too late so jump on the bandwagon and watch this show.

Movie Review: 'Fury' ... Love Between Soldiers

Carole Mallory | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Who likes to watch war? Director David Ayer helps you to care and to understand our soldiers who fought for our freedom and this is why Fury is an important film

Movie Review: Fury -- War Is Hell

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Ayer's Fury is one of the few that warrants its length (or most of it). Brutal, punishing and exciting -- in that order -- Fury gives you an approximation of what it would be like to spend a few action-packed days trapped inside an under-equipped American tank toward the end of WWII.

Eva Longoria Like You've Never Seen Her Before

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.30.2014 | Latino Voices

Eva Longoria is facing two new frontiers in "Frontera." The actress will not only appear in her first Spanish-language role in the upcoming drama, ...

Cesar Chavez Shines the Spotlight on a Man Virtually Ignored by History

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Cesar Chavez is a film that spotlights the role of farm worker protectionist and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. He was a man who joined the fight...

Week in Film: The Raid 2, Noah and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Darren Aronofsky is one of the most visionary directors of his generation, a filmmaker who isn't afraid to challenge an audience or to entertain it. I may not always like his films but they always give me a lot to think about.

Relive Michael Peña's Glorious Defense Of The 'Ñ'

Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices

Rarely will you see such an impassioned defense of the "ñ" -- not just an accented "n," but a letter unto itself. Actor Michael Peña -- not "Pen...

Cesar Chavez

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

Few movies can be billed as "important" or "historic" before they are even released. But this bio-film about the life and times of labor rights activist and organizer Cesar Chavez deserves those accolades. He is an iconic American hero who walked in sync with Gandhi.

Watch The 'American Hustle' Cast Groove Together In New Deleted Scene

Posted 03.08.2014 | Entertainment

Even if "American Hustle" went home empty-handed at the Oscars last week, the movie's fans are still a voracious bunch. And while a couple of deleted ...

David O. Russell's American Hustle: Bad Hair on a Good Day or Vice Versa

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

After a screening of his American Hustle, at a party at the Monkey Bar sponsored by OPI, director David O. Russell held court. Having paved the road t...

A White Gay Rapper Is Coming To TV

Posted 06.06.2013 | TV

FXX, the new sister networks to FX, has announced its first original series," Chozen." The animated comedy from the creative team of "Eastbound & Down...

Actors Honored For Erasing Stereotypes

NBC Latino | Nina Terrero | Posted 02.25.2013 | Latino Voices

On Friday night, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored outstanding Latino talent for helping erase negative Latino stereotypes in Holly...

CBS Has Found Its 'Bad Teacher'

Posted 02.19.2013 | TV

Apparently it's not that hard to find a "Bad Teacher" these days. CBS has tapped Ari Graynor for the role originated by Cameron Diaz in CBS' adaptatio...

Movie Review: Gangster Squad

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You get the feeling that Ruben Fleischer would have been happy to make an homage to the gangster movies of the 1940s (filtered through both a 1970s and a 21st-century perspective) when he was making Gangster Squad.

'End Of Watch' Beats Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Lawrence

AP | DAVID GERMAIN | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The police story "End of Watch" has won a close race at the weekend box office. The LA cop tale starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Mich...

Violence and Brotherhood Move Story Forward in End of Watch

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marlynn Snyder

End of Watch has the odd-angle, hand-held-camera feel of a documentary. Police cruisers are equipped with camera and even gang members carry video-cameras around to record their exploits. Social media and its record-and-share-it-now aesthetic are apparent.

Movie Review: End of Watch

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a Chekhovian truism that if you introduce a gun in the first act, it had better go off before the end of the play. That apparently didn't register with David Ayer, who wrote and directed End of Watch, a competent but unremarkable new cops-on-the-streets tale.