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ReThink Review: Where to Invade Next -- Michael Moore's Promised Land(s)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While Moore's previous films utilized satire and gallows humor to show how bad things in America really are, Where to Invade Next smartly assumes you already know America's pain points and doesn't dwell on them long.

Zaki's Review: Deadpool

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.11.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

After sixteen years and seven movies, this is actually the first attempt by Fox to go "shared universe" with their X-Men license, and in that sense Deadpool does kind of feel like the Ant-Man of the Marvel Mutant Movies.

Deadpool

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

"I'm super, but I'm not a super hero," clarifies Deadpool, a petulant mutate. Yes he has mighty powers, but no pretense about being a nice guy. If the...

DVDs: Excellent "Diary;" "Downton's" Finale Available Now and Good "Checkers"

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here we go: One of the best movies of the year (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl), this week's edition of "the best TV show you're not watching" (Banshee), Spielberg's weakest in a while (Bridge Of Spies) and more.

ReThink Review: Hail, Caesar! -- Classic Hollywood, Coen Style

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Coens' latest film Hail, Caesar! has the brothers returning to some of their favorite territory: kidnappings, old Hollywood, and the screwball comedy. And, as usual, it's a Coen brothers film through and through.

Carol: A Real Love Story?

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joanne Fleisher

t is not your typical lesbian love story. It lacks some of the passion and hot sex that makes many coming out movies compelling. But, when you encounter a magnetic attraction to someone that will rip your life to shreds, the unfolding of the love story may at first seem understated and unclear. When you are married to a man and your lesbian catalyst appears, anything can happen.

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Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson | Posted 01.13.2016 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson

Let me start by saying...I love movies. When I finally have down time, I love watching moviesand romantic comedies are particularly my favorite. So, ...

A BUILD Guide to Award Season

Andrew Nauffts | Posted 01.11.2016 | Entertainment
Andrew Nauffts

We're a little over a week into the New Year, and that means a few things. But before we move forward with those resolutions, let's take a moment to recognize the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2015.

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens Suitable For Young Kids?

Aimee Chan | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Aimee Chan

I must confess, as a Star Wars fan, this is a question that didn't even occur to me. Everyone around me grew up watching Star Wars. We had pop up book...

ReThink Review: The Revenant -- Survival, Revenge, and Little Else

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.08.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Watching a grizzled, greasy DiCaprio spend roughly two hours dragging, bleeding, drooling, groaning, and shivering himself across a frozen landscape could hardly be described as engaging storytelling.

The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2015

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's been a great year for movies, with a diverse assortment of high-profile and smaller scale films, true stories and big surprises, all emerging as some of my favorites for this year. Here's a countdown of my top ten for 2015.

ReThink Review: The Hateful Eight -- Reservoir Cowboys

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Tarantino's films can only really be compared to each other, and the Hateful Eight serves as an excellent progress report for how Tarantino has and hasn't evolved as a filmmaker.

Creed: Learning About the Life of Men in America

Paul Stoller | Posted 12.31.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

Sometimes we can learn a great deal by going to the movies, which is why I encourage my students to see films. The recently released film, Creed, is a case in point.

DADDY'S HOME: 3 Reasons to See It, 1 Reason Why Not

Tara McNamara | Posted 12.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

This Christmas, Hollywood offers blended families a gift: the family comedy Daddy's Home, in which Will Ferrell stars as a stepfather who adores his s...

The Best Films 2015

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year. They've entertained us. Made us laugh, feel courageous, scared, romantic and ...

Zaki's Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.16.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh Star Wars installment (though "Episode VII" has been curiously absent from the marketing), the first to be released by the franchise's new minders at Disney, and the first to follow on from the events of the beloved original trilogy that concluded with 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Son of Saul

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.15.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a dimly lit room naked people are herded towards a chamber. There are murmurs, moans and stifled cries for help. The door shuts. A gaseous odor fil...

ReThink Review: "Brooklyn" -- A (White, Christian, Anglophone) Immigrant's Tale

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Brooklyn is a fine, well-acted, technically-proficient, inoffensive film that is very easy to like. But when a white Christian immigrant in a movie is extended more compassion, understanding, and humanity than actual non-white Muslims fleeing for their lives, we should all wonder why.

Creed

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you step into the theater to watch this boxing movie, don't look for Rocky. Yes, you'll see and feel remnants of that spirit. But Creed is its own story. Its own franchise. It's the rebellious son that wandered out on its own. For that reason, Baby Boomers and Millennials will dig it.

Zaki's Review: Creed

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Far more than merely trading on the nostalgic fuzzies that come from revisiting a beloved movie institution, Creed confidently builds on Rocky's forty years of accumulated good vibes to blaze its own trail, mining a potent vein of raw emotion in the process.

Zaki's Review: Spotlight

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.17.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Spotlight is about exactly what traditional journalism can and should be: finding the truth, even if it threatens entrenched power structures.

3 Reasons to See By the Sea, 1 Reason to Skip It

Tara McNamara | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

By the Sea is about a couple who take up residence at a quiet, seaside resort in France, an idyllic place for the husband to work on his next novel as well as his crumbling 14-year marriage. It's intended as an homage to 1960s and 70s European cinema, but is it for you?

Democrats

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 1987 Mugabe became President with unbridled powers over other branches of the government and army. Enter the very alarming and revealing documentary Democrats, which thoroughly catalogues the constitutional process and how difficult it is to remove an embedded leader.

Zaki's Review: Spectre

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Spectre isn't the worst Bond movie, nor is it the best. It's a little too long, a little too indulgent, and a little too scattered to be top tier 007, but it nonetheless benefits from solid action sequences and the sizable reservoir of audience goodwill for this franchise. I

Trumbo

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.