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The Gift -- A Gift for Fans of 'Real' Movies

David Fagin | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

This low-budget underdog manages to keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense better than any of the previously mentioned blockbusters could ever hope to do.

Zaki's Review: American Ultra

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

American Ultra posits a mildly amusing premise -- what if a stoned-out slacker found out he was Jason Bourne? -- and turns it into ninety or so minutes of filmmaking that are probably a lot more engaging than they have any right to be.

Movie Review: Learning to Drive -- Life Lessons

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We take our mentors where we find them in life, though it's not always apparent who's teaching who. That's the case in Learning to Drive, a comic drama by Isabel Coixet that offers beautifully matched performances by Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

Zaki's Review: Straight Outta Compton

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Of the core trio of actors, all three deliver. While's O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s relative newness to acting is evident at times, he has an undeniable screen presence that, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to his pop, manages to do a lot of the lifting.

Zaki's Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

With the arrival of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after twenty-plus years in development, we've completed the series-to-feature process for all four major espionage-themed TV shows of the 1960s.

Movie Review: People Places Things -- Jemaine Event

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a summer filled with cinematic bombast and overkill, it's always a nice surprise to find a charming little comedy with heart like People Places Things.

Movie Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Broken Tentpole

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a day late and a dollar short -- actually, make that several seasons late, for anyone who watches the outrageously funny animated series, Archer.

Movie Review: Mistress America -- Greta or Not

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I tend to blow hot and cold on the films of Noah Baumbach though, truthfully, more hot than cold. But I draw the line at his collaborations with Greta Gerwig, who may be the most overrated (or at least most overemployed) actor of her generation.

Straight Outta Compton

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Straight Outta Compton isn't some chump change indie movie about the rap group NWA. Nor is it a should-have-gone-straight-to-DVD after-thought about hip-hop culture. This is an Oscar-caliber film. This movie is a monster. It's big!

Zaki's Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Directed by Josh Trank, who made such a splash with Chronicle a few years ago, this latest Fantastic Four works so hard to go so far off-model that one wonders why they bothered at all if what they were going to end up with was so numbingly unoriginal.

Movie Review: Ricki and the Flash -- Eternal Lounge Act

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash is one of those near-misses that feels as though a lot of discussion went into the rationale behind every wrong-headed decision. 

21 Beloved Movies, Reviewed By People Who Haven't Seen Them

The Huffington Post | Liat Kornowski | Posted 08.04.2015 | Entertainment

You're undoubtedly familiar with the following scenario: You're sitting at brunch, or in class, or chatting with a group of randoms at a party when th...

Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Credit McQuarrie for crafting colorful antagonists, even if the plot line is not all the impressive and the dialogue is only intermittently memorable. At some point you won't care.

Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Nearly two decades out, Ethan Hunt has become the star's signature role, and at 53, the indefatigable action hero hasn't lost a step as he runs, jumps, rides and drives from eye-popping set piece to the next with both will and skill.

Why Kids Will Identify With Pixar's Inside Out

Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz

Inside Out is a great movie for kids and families to see together. It's especially apt for kids whose parents have gone through a divorce. Much like Riley's struggle to adapt to a new city, kids who have experienced divorce will know what it's like to manage big life changes.

7 Existential Life Lessons in Woody Allen's Irrational Man

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Skye Cleary

Could you murder, if it was for a good cause? Woody Allen's movie Irrational Man toys with this question, and whether murder can be justified on existential grounds.

Zaki's Review: Pixels

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's just aggressively mediocre, and pretty much vanishes from your brainpan as soon as the credits start rolling and you've hit your mental "reset" button on your way out the door. In that sense, I guess it fits right in with the extensive oeuvre of star Adam Sandler.

Movie Review: Samba -- Touching Human Tale

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When the subject is immigration, outrage tends to outshout empathy. There's a lot of fear but not a lot of humanity. Which is why Samba is a film that could make a difference.

Review: Lila & Eve

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

This project started with actress/producer Viola Davis and screenwriter Pat Gilfillan who spent two years interviewing mothers of murdered children to prep for the script. Davis and co-star Jennifer Lopez worked together originally on the film Out of Sight back in 1998.

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.

Movie Review: Trainwreck -- Taking the Local to Comedy

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To my mind, Trainwreck is both a very funny movie -- and yet another example of Apatow's inability to edit himself. Like every movie he's made, this one has several big laughs -- and could easily be 20 minutes shorter. 

Movie Review: Self/less -- Brain Drain

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The idea of human consciousness going mobile is an intriguing one: What if you could actually trade minds with another person? That's the premise of Self/less, a disappointing mind-transfer tale notable for its performances if not its dramaturgy.

Movie Review: Minions -- Enough Is Too Much

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The creators of Minions obviously never heard either of two complementary expressions: "A little goes a long way" and "too much of a good thing."

Tap World

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

At one point in this sweet gem of a documentary, two tap dancers from different parts of the world define the joy and philosophy of tap dancing: "Dance to express, not to impress" says Chloe Arnold of the U.S. "I dance, therefore I am," states Arthur Benhamou of Paris.