iOS app Android app

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Sessions

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As abstracted in Ben Lewin's film, The Sessions, Mark Obrien's tale is one of of a first-time sexual adventurer, launching himself into a world of intimacy he previously thought would be denied to him.

The Master and the Slow Boat to China (With Spoilers)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While many want The Master to be an assault on what they see as a kooky and possibly dangerous cult, I'm not convinced that The Master is or has to be about more than its two main characters struggling and ultimately failing to make themselves whole.

Movie Review: The First Time

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The First Time is a polished gem of a teen romantic comedy, with a maturity and emotional intelligence not usually associated with the genre. Don't let it get lost among the louder, shinier releases of the movie weekend.

Holy Motors: Exclusive New Art

Farihah Zaman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

Holy Motors (Indomina Releasing), which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes earlier this year and just came off a similarly successful run at the New York Film Festival, has unveiled new promo art for the film.

5 Films To Help You Understand London

Off Track Planet | Posted 12.15.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Getting mushy for Hugh Grant is not a crime.

Middle of Nowhere (****)

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

"You were on your way to something. Don't stop." That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this ...

Middle of Nowhere: A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Middle of Nowhere is beautifully drawn and poetically written. It teaches about family, race, character and the often unknowable arc of a life, without becoming pedantic or pretending to have answers.

Taken 2 -- Go See or Wait for DVD?

Steve Harmon | Posted 12.11.2012 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

We're going to save you $48 this weekend by helping you avoid an "average" movie. Here's how: Looking for a movie this weekend? You may be tempted to just go see the #1 box office one, 'Taken 2', based on the idea that "it's #1 at the box office, must be good."

Movie Review: Seven Psychopaths

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit I'm a sucker for Martin McDonagh's work. I'm a fan of his plays and loved his first feature, In Bruges. And I'm just as excited about his new film, Seven Psychopaths.

Movie Review: Smashed

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best films about recovery from addiction are not about reaching rock bottom and making that choice to stop. Rather, like Smashed, they're about the very real and difficult task of going on, in an emotionally unshielded and intensely vulnerable way.

Review: Argo

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a little early to be proclaiming Ben Affleck's Argo the best movie of the year -- but one of the best? No question.

Movie Review: Middle of Nowhere

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Quiet but compelling, emotionally buttoned-up and naked at the same time, Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere is a film about holding still while trying to move forward.

Movie Review: Lee Daniel's Latest - The Paperboy( *1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.05.2012 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's puzzling why an African American director would choose this unsettling project in the first place; his fans will be perplexed. All that went right in his previous film has gone awry in this sour, bitter-tasting mint julep.

Movie Review: Taken 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How much bad luck can one family have? Enough for a hit movie -- Taken -- and what I assume the makers hope is a hit sequel: Taken 2.

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not one who worships at the altar of Tim Burton, probably disliking his films as often as I am moved by them. But I fell hard for Frankenweenie, an extrapolation of a short film Burton made almost 30 years ago.

Review: Butter

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Would Butter be a funnier movie if Michele Bachmann were still at the center of the American political conversation?

Movie Review: The Paperboy

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lee Daniels' touch is all over this movie, which is as sensational as it is nonsensical, with its overheated blend of sex, race and murder.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Ambre Anderson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

Won't Back Down focuses on one way people have fixed the problem and created a decent learning environment for children who didn't have that option previously. Let's face it. The poor performance records of so many inner city public schools don't come as a shock anymore.

ReThink Review: The Iran Job -- Basketball Diplomacy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

While the team's struggle to reach the playoffs provides The Iran Job's structure, the film's unexpected heart is Kevin's friendship with three Iranian women -- his physical therapy nurse, Hilda, and her friends Laleh and Elaheh.

Movie Review: Least Among Saints

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

Least Among Saints takes its place within a tradition of coming home stories involving soldiers who have fought in foreign wars

ReThink Review: The Perks of Being A Wallflower -- Adapted With Love

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film's palpable sense of honesty and authenticity is surely due to the fact that Chbosky not only wrote the film's screenplay, but also directed Perks in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

The Challenge of Moving Away From the Standard Studio Album

James Walsh | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment
James Walsh

Instead of just having the skill to collect a number of songs that create a great soundtrack, a step beyond that is actually writing material based on the book or screenplay story itself.

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Old-fashioned versus new-fangled -- the eternal struggle. And it's been more interestingly told before than it is in Pitch Perfect, Jason Moore's by-the-numbers musical comedy.

'The Master': A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This is not a feel-good movie. But it is a master class in acting. It is a haunting fictional story that is all too true. As with great writing, it takes us into the labyrinth of human nature, rife with emotional hunger, desperation and rage.