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Movie Review: Keep the Lights On

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On starts with a credit montage of bad paintings. His protagonist, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), is first seen cruising gay-sex phone chatlines looking for company.

Review: Bachelorette

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedies in which women talk dirty and act stupid and horny -- is this such a hard to genre to get right?

Movie Review: Lawless

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Almost as soon as movies could talk, they were making films about the gangsters who came to prominence by supplying liquor to thirsty Americans who didn't believe in the nanny-state laws against alcohol known as Prohibition.

Movie Review: The Good Doctor

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At first glance, The Good Doctor seems like a pilot for a TV series we've seen seemingly dozens of times -- most successfully in E.R. But the longer you watch The Good Doctor, the more something seems off.

Movie Review: The Tall Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pascal Laugier's story of a small, depressed town dealing with missing children, taken by a mysterious figure known only as the Tall Man, keeps you plugged in -- right up until it pulls the rug out from under you.

Movie Review: Side by Side

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Side by Side should be required viewing in any film school worth its salt and, undoubtedly, will be. But as up-to-the-minute as it is, by next year, it undoubtedly will be dated. And, before long, it will be a curiosity.

Movie Review: For a Good Time, Call...

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is it really so hard to make a funny, dirty sex comedy? Apparently so.

ReThink Review: Sleepwalk With Me -- A Comedian's Wake Up Call

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Sleepwalk With Me is a really wonderful, poignant, funny, and very original film from a unique and honest voice that shows its main character not as a hero, victim, or saint, but as a real person who makes mistakes, and sometimes big, hurtful, avoidable ones.

Review: Sleepwalk With Me Works Like a Dream

Zach Udko | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Zach Udko

Sleepwalk With Me, a charming gem set in the world of stand-up comedy, is the latest in a long line of smart, bittersweet romantic tales heavily influenced by Woody Allen's 1977 classic Annie Hall.

Movie Review: Premium Rush

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are the seeds of a funny and exciting film buried within Premium Rush. Instead, there's a lot of footage of people riding bikes with determined looks on their faces. Sorry, it's just not that exciting.

Movie Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mike Birbiglia seems like an easy-going guy, someone who probably has a little trouble with confrontation or sticking up for himself. At least that's how he comes off in Sleepwalk With Me, the film version of his hit one-man show.

Review: Hit & Run

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hit & Run is like a car doing doughnuts, driving in circles while going nowhere fast.

Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is something magical about The Odd Life of Timothy Green. But not, unfortunately, magical enough.

Movie Review: Why Stop Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why Stop Now boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong.

A Parent's Guide to Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Kristen Howerton | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is not a kid's film that adults will tolerate, nor is it an adult film that children might sit through. It reminded me of Disney's Sunday Night Movies I watched with my parents as a child.

Movie Review: Robot & Frank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A caper film whose biggest thief is actually the inexorable flow of time, Robot & Frank is a terrific character study that offers the always-captivating Frank Langella the opportunity to stretch out a little bit.

Film Flashbacks: My 15 Favorite Family Flicks of All Time

Ambre Anderson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

This weekend there weren't any new family friendly theater releases. So, instead of a review - this week I want to go back in time. I've compiled a list of my fifteen favorite PG films and film quotes! Hope you find them as funny, uplifting, and stimulating as I do.

Movie Review: Compliance

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Craig Zobel's Compliance may be the creepiest movie of the year. It has no physical violence, no sex, barely even a raised voice -- and yet it burrows into your brain and keeps burrowing, the longer you watch.

Movie Review: ParaNorman

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from a script by Butler, ParaNorman is a marvel of stop-motion animation, built on a script of flat jokes and frantic, frenetic but uninvolving action.

ReThink Review: The Campaign -- Mock the Vote

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Campaign exceeded my expectations by ignoring partisan politics and instead poking fun at the realities of modern campaigning, the role of wealthy donors, our gaffe-obsessed media, and, in the end, on voters themselves.

Movie Review: The Expendables 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A sequel to Sylvester Stallone's 2010 hail-Mary all-action-star effort to regain relevance at the box office, The Expendables 2 may be the biggest, bloodiest and most willfully stupid film since the last time Michael Bay stepped behind a camera.

Review: Chicken With Plums

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chicken with Plums, opening Friday in limited release, is a fascinating puzzle: at once a mordant comedy, a tale of unrequited love and a story of heart-breaking artistry.

Movie Review: Cosmopolis

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As one would expect from Cronenberg, there are sudden moments of shocking violence to go with the moments of unsexy sex. None of it will distract you from the fact that this limo, like the whole enterprise titled Cosmopolis, is going nowhere.

ReThink Review: The Bourne Legacy - A Spy Is(n't) Bourne

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The studio tried to figure out how to make a Bourne movie without Bourne, but could it feel like anything other than a cynical attempt to squeeze more dollars from a finished franchise?

Review: 2 Days in New York

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In her follow-up to 2 Days in Paris, actress-filmmaker Julie Delpy moves her focus across the Atlantic and switches leading men -- from Adam Goldberg to Chris Rock.