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ReThink Review: Les Misérables -- In Your Face!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I feel like the makers of Les Misérables attempted to solve a problem few people other than myself even consider a problem, and by doing so, created more problems that made the movie unpleasant to watch.

Why Tolkien Would Be Proud: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Is a Better Book Adaptation (and Film) Than Any of the Lord of the Rings Films

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

[Warning: The following article contains significant spoilers for all of the above-mentioned movies. For an additional article on this topic by this a...

Movie Review: Promised Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I wanted to like Promised Land and certainly agree with its politics. So why did it feel like a preaching-to-the-converted letdown?

Movie Review: Les Miserables

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tom Hooper's film of the musical Les Miserables is an exceptional movie of a mediocre musical, the kind of middlebrow melodrama that passes for profound on Broadway.

Movie Review: The Impossible

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a parent to appreciate the horror, the challenge and the determination involved in the story of The Impossible -- or to be plunged into the mindset of "What would I have done?"

Movie Review: This Is 40

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Foul-mouthed without being particularly funny, involved without being compelling, Judd Apatow's This Is 40 wants to be deeper than it really is. Which is an Apatowian trademark.

Dislike Peter Jackson's The Hobbit? Then You Don't Know Tolkien

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.03.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

As the years go on, critics will return to the first entry in The Hobbit trilogy with a more favorable tone than they have approached it with thus far, and will be embarrassed for having rated it barely above George Lucas' thoroughly execrable Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Movie Review: Not Fade Away

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Chase's Not Fade Away is one of my favorite films of 2012, a heartfelt but clear-eyed look at what it's like to be a teen-ager who falls in love with rock'n'roll.

Judd Apatow Grows Up

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 12.20.2012 | Entertainment

-- "This Is 40" is every inch a Judd Apatow movie, from the pop culture references and potty mouths to the blunt body humor and escapist drug use. Li...

Movie Review: Jack Reacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's nothing wrong with Jack Reacher that couldn't be helped by losing 15 or 20 minutes of exposition and other kinds of explaining.

Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've no doubt heard about a little movie called Zero Dark Thirty, which suddenly is the controversial odds-on Oscar favorite. The controversy has to do with a couple of scenes of torture -- or "harsh interrogation techniques," as the Orwellian Bush-era new-speak had it.

Review: The Hobbit

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

At the conclusion of The Fellowship of the Ring, I was completely on board for the next two pictures, completely invested in the world that had unfolded over the previous 170 minutes. This time around? I'm not entirely sure whether I'll stick it out for the next two films.

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An icon of the baby-boom generation, Barbra Streisand, teams up with the free-spirited shlub-star of the Millenials, Seth Rogen, in The Guilt Trip, a movie whose wit is never as sharp as its heart is warm.

DVDs: Bourne Legacy, Trouble With The Curve and Other Movies You'll Regret in the Morning

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

You know the walk of shame? That's the idea in movies that when someone has a one-night stand, they walk home the next morning, certain everyone is aware of their bad decision. You should think about the walk of shame you have to make back to Redbox after renting a lame movie.

Movie Review: Amour

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Clinical and self-contained, Amour still achieves an emotional level that probably would dismay the dispassionate Haneke.

ReThink Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- More Frames, More of the Same

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After seeing An Unexpected Journey in the 48-frames-per-second format Jackson is convinced is the future of cinema, my enthusiasm for more Hobbit adventures is at an all-time low.

Django Unchained (*1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?

Django: Rugged And Raw

RZA | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment

As with Inglourious Basterds, in Django Tarantino once again seems to speak directly to the heart and from the minds of the characters he is writing for, and taps into the imaginatively creative and fantastical outcome that makes this a great movie experience.

Cheering for a Mate in Two: A Review of Brooklyn Castle

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Hilary Levey Friedman

You might not know how to play chess. Or you might think chess is boring. But that shouldn't stop you from seeing a documentary about some special middle school kids who are pretty good competitive chess players and anything but boring.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Hobbit entranced me in a way that made me forget about the technology and just plug into the movie itself. By the end, I wasn't even resenting the clunky 3D glasses.

Movie Review: Any Day Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Any Day Now is one of those movies that should get people talking, whether it's about the issues it raises or the performance it contains. It's one of the year's gems and worth the effort to track it down and see it.

Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.

An Avid Viewer's Guide to this Season's Hallmark Holiday Movies

Aleida Fernandez | Posted 02.02.2013 | Media
Aleida Fernandez

Coming home from school for the holidays, it is obvious that there is something in the air. Is it my family's excitement at having me home? The love from all our family togetherness? No! It's the beginning of Hallmark's endless Christmas-themed holiday movie season!

Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With baby boomers heading into retirement, there's been a bull market on biographies and documentaries about baby-boomer rock-star heroes.

ReThink Review: Life of Pi -- Of Gods and Tigers

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Life of Pi is more about the nuts and bolts of a teenager surviving at sea and bonding with a tiger than a spiritual quest that asks hard questions about the wisdom, will, and existence of God.