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Boyhood's Answer To The Existential Confusion Of The Millennial Generation

Jock Gilchrist | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jock Gilchrist

As so many unremarkable events pass by -- a graduation, family dinner, departure for college -- the subtext of the events comes to the foreground. We skip from day to day, event to event -- what is the point of it all?

Movie Review: Pride Proudly Crosses Lines

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pride is the kind of movie that is best seen without knowing its storyline going in. Because it delivers something quite different than you expect, based on the kind of movie it seems to be.

Movie Review: This Is Where I Leave You

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't get me wrong: This Is Where I Leave You isn't a great movie. But it's an enjoyable one, an emotional comedy that earns its lump in the throat and most of its laughs.

Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

They used to make films like A Walk Among the Tombstones on a regular basis: mysteries built around flawed heroes, in which character was as important as plot, and action was the catharsis, not the reason for the story itself.

Redefining Philanthropy: A Documentary Review of Art and Craft

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Art and Craft bears witness to the stigma of mental disorders and the difficulty individuals with these illnesses experience in receiving treatment by others that is respectful, without blame for their condition or judgment of the way in which they present themselves.

Movie Review: Art and Craft

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Art and Craft is a potent title that can be taken in several different ways, in this fascinatingly complex and endlessly entertaining documentary from a trio of filmmakers: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker.

Movie Review: Tracks

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In Tracks, Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman who decides to do what no woman has done before her: She will walk halfway across Australia, beginning in desolate Alice Springs and traversing 1,700 miles of desert and wasteland, walking to the ocean on the island continent's west coast.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 8

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If I were going to generalize about this year's Toronto International Film Festival based on the films I saw Monday, I'd tell you that it's a great year for dramatic films based on true stories.

Top Ten Brad Takei Moments in the To Be Takei Documentary

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

We talk about "Hollywood couples" whose relationship endured and I think the Takeis are among those. It is clear that they have been true partners on everything from caretaking for their mothers during their final years to George's career decisions.

ReThink Review: The One I Love -- A Strained Relationship Gets Strange

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The One I Love is one of those perfect indie gems you feel lucky for finding, and it's yet another example of how an interesting premise, real emotion, and a few great actors will trump big budgets, special effects, and star power every time.

Why I'll Probably Sneak Into 'Boyhood' Again

Eden Friedman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Teen
Eden Friedman

For every flaw I struggled to find while I watched it with wide, wonder-filled eyes, each flaw was clearly justified. The only thing that bothers me is that if there is a sequel it will take at least 12 years before I get to see it.

One Can Dream: Out of Work Actors Reply to EW's Message to Hollywood

David Fagin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment
David Fagin

The movie business - probably more than any other industry - is run by a select group of men and women whose main goal is simply to keep their job another day.

Zaki's Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2014)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

While this picture benefits from motion-captured CGI portrayals of the titular teens that leap, twist, and bound through a digitally-created New York cityscape with unquestionable aplomb, it comes undone.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

A one-star French restaurant distinguishes the village and draws diners from near and far. Madame Mallory (the regal Helen Mirren), a widow, rules the place with every detail of the restaurant and every hair on her head in place. She dreams of achieving a second Michelin star.

Zaki's Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

You can pinpoint the exact moment in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that actor Chris Pratt, best known until now as an affable supporting player in...

ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help".

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.

Sugar, The Movie, And Homeless Youth In America

Leslie Handler | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Handler

It's a beautiful film with a superb acting ensemble of both professional actors and actual homeless people.

The Best of Summer 2014: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Uloop | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Uloop

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an incredible thriller like no other. It's much smaller in scale than its predecessor, but that only allows for it to tell a more intimate story. The political and family drama is intensely engaging and the action-packed climax is the most fun half hour you'll spend at the movies this summer.

ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was thrilled to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest chapter of a true rarity -- a big-budget summer franchise imbued not only with cutting-edge visual effects, but with a tremendous amount of soul and thought. But unfortunately, there were so many missed opportunities in Dawn that I left feeling disappointed.

Zaki's Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

As director Matt Reeves has said on several occasions, Dawn depicts the moment when it could have been "Planet of the Humans & Apes" but for the unwillingness of individuals on either side to bend.

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The premise for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that neither species is perfect but maybe, though not probably, there is common ground. Endowing apes with human qualities, frailties and emotions is still an amazing spectacle 46 years after the original film.

Deliver Us From Evil

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

At first, you might think that this creepy crime movie is just another The Exorcist rip-off -- but it's better than that. Better.

ReThink Review: 'Life Itself' -- On Roger Ebert And Why I Review Movies

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm not a movie expert or someone trying to be what I think a critic is supposed to be, but simply a guy who loves movies and loves writing about them.