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Miss Sharon Jones!

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.26.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown's. Jones' gyrations are as wild and ...

Zaki's Review: Star Trek Beyond

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

As you know, I absolutely loved Paramount's Star Trek reboot in 2009. Loved it. As directed by J.J. Abrams, the film did the trick of rescuing the mor...

ReThink Review: Captain Fantastic - the Pros and Cons of Idealistic Parenting

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you want to have kids, you've probably fantasized about how you would raise them and what values you would instill (or install?) in them. How much ...

Zaki's Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I think it's fair to say that director Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters from 1984 enjoys a level of adoration that's probably disproportionate to the film ...

"Independence Day": Core Values

Seth Shostak | Posted 07.05.2016 | Science
Seth Shostak

They're baaaaack. Just when you thought humanity's future was already dimmed with tough problems like climate change, terrorism and reality TV, bad guys from a distant planet show up to ruin everyone's whole summer. It's "Independence Day: Resurgence."

Deciding for Myself On Me Before You

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

I felt like I was crossing the virtual picket lines when I went to see Me Before You. After seeing so many people with disabilities protesting the movie as an affront to our "community," I decided to see it for myself.

Zaki's Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's been a rough couple of years for Edgar Rice Burroughs. First the late pulp author's "John Carter of Mars" series got a belated big screen adapta...

Zaki's Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I was sixteen years old when Independence Day was released in summer of 1996. I was there on opening day. And I loved it. Man, did I love it. I was ab...

The One Glaring Problem With 'Finding Dory'

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Eliza Sankar-Gorton

Finding Dory is all about celebrating differences, and differently abled people fish. Dory's short-term memory loss fuels the arc of the story. But two other characters are differently abled, too... and yet they're not given a voice.

Zaki's Review: 'Warcraft'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.10.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Full disclosure: I've never played the Warcraft or World of Warcraft video games. I've never read the novels or comics. I've never played the collecti...

Through the Lens of a Mama's Boy

Kelsey Minor | Posted 06.07.2016 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

'Mama's Boy' according to the dictionary is a term referring to a boy or man who is excessively attached to his mother or highly influenced by his mot...

Zaki's Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Click here to read my 2014 review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles You may recall that I wasn't an especially big fan of Paramount's big budget Teenag...

ReThink Review -- X-Men: Apocalypse -- Marvel/FOX Closes the Gap With Marvel/Disney

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While I eventually became uninterested in the original X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse now has me excited and curious to see where this franchise might go, how screenwriters will weave the storyline into recent history, and how its talented cast might reinvent and deepen their characters.

Zaki's Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Ten years ago I took a shank to X-Men: The Last Stand, a sequel I found so disagreeable that I likened it to "studio-mandated seppuku" (which might ha...

Presenting Princess Shaw

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

She, Samantha Montgomery, is a 39-year-old who works a 9-5 at a nursing home in a rough section of New Orleans. On her own time, she takes on the pers...

ReThink Review: Weiner -- A Sex Scandal By Any Other Name

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Like most documentaries, Weiner won't blow you away with its cinematography or production value. But it's packed full of the most important currency documentaries can possess that scripted films can't provide: access.

Zaki's Review: The Nice Guys

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Summer movie season is only a few weeks old, but somehow it already feels interminable. As such, the arrival of writer-director Shane Black's The Nice Guys couldn't be a more perfectly-timed tonic to the usual onslaught of CGI mayhem we've come to expect between now and August.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Somewhere in this raunchy, bawdy comedy of errors is a young feminist story trying to get out. By the time this follow-up to Neighbors worms through 92 minutes of belly laughs and sight gags, the die is cast.

Captain America: Civil War

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 05.16.2016 | Entertainment
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Another superhero movie, I know. I feel the same way too; it's like everywhere we turn another superhero movie is being shoved down our throats.

Zaki's Review: Money Monster

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

As an "I'm mad as hell" screed against the oversight-free excesses of Wall Street bankers, director Jodie Foster's Money Monster certainly arrives at ...

The 33 Best Documentaries of All Time

Thrillist | Posted 05.17.2016 | Entertainment
Thrillist

By: Christopher Campbell Credit: Portrait Films (edited) Documentary is not a genre, but an entire branch of moviemaking. So pitting diverse q...

X-Men: Apocalypse

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

It's the best of the bunch. In a season of crime fighter against crime fighter, super power vs. super power films, this mutant-on-mutant spectacular has the most depth, innovation, majesty and visual wonder.

Zaki's Review: Captain America: Civil War

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

While this is nominally the third entry in the Captain America solo franchise (which began with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger), in design and function it feels much more like Avengers 2.5.

ReThink Review: A Bigger Splash - When An Icon Plays An Icon

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With the unexpected deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Prince before 2016 is even half over, it's hard not to feel like artists whose talents, p...

Keanu

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Walk in the theater not expecting much. Walk out charmed and happy. Key & Peele will have that kind of affect on you. And that little furball that plays Keanu is worth his weight in catnip.