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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.

More Than a Feeling: The Importance (and Necessity) of Pixar's Inside Out

Alaina Baker | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Alaina Baker

Inside Out is an extraordinary creation that is both heart-wrenching and so very real; if you see one movie this summer, let it be this.

Zaki's Review: Terminator Genisys

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's been thirty-one years since the The Terminator first wowed audiences, and my fear as I stare down the abyss into the dark future is that they'll just keep cranking these things out forever and always until the end of time. They. Will. Not. Stop.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

Movie Review: Batkid Begins -- Summer Bright Spot

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dana Nachman's touching, funny nonfiction film, Batkid Begins, is sheer delight. Instead of something maudlin and manipulative, Nachman has assembled what may be the year's most joyous and surprising movie. 

Movie Review: The Overnight -- No Sleeping

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running time. 

Documentary Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

What the documentary the filmmakers have assembled is educational, eye opening, often emotional, sad and galvanizing. As the 98 minutes of footage roll by, it becomes apparent that Jordan's tragedy is a chapter within a much longer book.

Movie Review: Dope -- Geeks Rule

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've heard Rick Famuyiwa's Dope referred to as Nerdz 'N the Hood, which is apt -- although a better comparison would be Risky Business.

ReThink Review: Love & Mercy -- Mental Illness on the Beach

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

What I appreciate about Love & Mercy, the fantastic new film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, is its assertion that true musical genius is an ineffable gift -- and potentially a curse -- bestowed upon the rare few.

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 06.11.2015 | Arts
Adriana Aristizábal

I have to recognize, I knew almost nothing about the tragedy that happened almost 30 years ago in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The nuclear power plant accident was catastrophic, and its effects on the population were beyond human comprehension.

Zaki's Review: Jurassic World

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The characters didn't work for me. What did work was just about everything else.