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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.

Review: Goats

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It used to be that a movie that celebrated the use of marijuana was considered shocking, scandalous, unacceptable and inappropriate. To some people, it probably still is.

Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tony Gilroy is the smartest, most intriguing screenwriter since William Goldman was in his heyday. He comes through again with The Bourne Legacy.

Zaki's Review: Total Recall (2012)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Unfortunately, the remake's producers don't do more to allay those comparisons than the occasional wink-nudge visual nod to the original. Everything about it has an "okay, but..." vibe.

Review: The Campaign

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's why I'd almost be willing to give The Campaign a pass on the fact that it's sloppy, inconsistent and only intermittently funny.

Review: Hope Springs

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

They take a very specific couple and make them universal. It could be a primer on what couple's therapy is about, how it works and how the results won't always be life-changing breakthroughs -- at least not right away.

Movie Review - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Ambre Anderson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

I'd consider this movie moderately tolerable, a reward to a deserving child, or incentive to find something better to do.

Congress' Still Terrible Approval Ratings Explained Through Rotten Tomatoes Scores

Nico Lang | Posted 10.01.2012 | Comedy
Nico Lang

Here are some movies on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes that received either the same approval rating as Congress, or somehow got better reviews than our chief legislative body.

Movie Review: The Babymakers

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Babymakers wants to be a Judd Apatow comedy. Instead, it's like a third-rate Comedy Central sitcom, with dirty words, little nudity and fewer laughs than fingers on one hand.

Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Both are about intense relationships between young adults that end -- and yet go on. Both are stories of love that has grown one-sided. And both ache with the unavoidable self-pity that goes along with that kind of situation -- while finding the laughs in that same circumstance.

ReThink Review: The Watch

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Watch is obviously fiction, but sadly, when unstable people can buy such powerful weapons, we need to do more than just hope that they'll only be aimed at bad guys and aliens.

Movie Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What if you live in a society where the very ideas you harbor are punishable by imprisonment -- or worse? How much of being an artist becomes about simply having the courage to express your ideas in verbal or physical form?

Movie Review: Killer Joe

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a summer of movies made of bombastic special effects and obvious action, Killer Joe still has the ability to surprise by keeping it down and dirty -- though you'll need a strong stomach to make it to the end.

Review: Ruby Sparks

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ruby Sparks could be a tasty bit of magical realism in romantic-comedy form, the first produced screenplay by actress Zoe Kazan, who plays the title character. Except for one serious problem.

Movie Review: Searching for Sugar Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The strangeness of truth compared to the limits of the human imagination gets a crystalline demonstration in Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man.

Zaki's Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The Dark Knight Rises is resonant emotional, and sometimes beautiful, but it's also overlong, overstuffed and oftentimes frustrating.

Movie Review: The Queen of Versailles

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Schadenfreude is a tempting thing. That's particularly true when dealing with characters like the ones at the center of Lauren Greenfield's stunning documentary, The Queen of Versailles.