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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.

ReThink Review: The Dark Knight Rises - Haunted by the Ghost of Villains Past

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Dark Knight Rises is very impressive and definitely worth seeing, but without a once-in-a-lifetime performance like Ledger's Joker to provide the pulse, we'll have to be content with a final chapter that certainly delivers, but in a trilogy that peaked in the middle.

Movie Review: Red Lights

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Does psychic ability exist? Can human beings possess and access these kinds of mental powers? Anything's possible, I suppose. Can Rodrigo Cortes build a puzzle that remains mysterious until he places the final piece, thus surprising and satisfying an audience? No such luck, I'm afraid.

Movie Review: Grassroots

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a certain rowdy spirit to Stephen Gyllenhaal's Grassroots, now playing in limited release, that gives the fact-based comedy-drama a surprising vitality for a movie that seems so schematic.

Movie Review: Trishna

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gorgeously shot and acted with aching tragic truthfulness, Michael Winterbottom's Trishna is a romance of depth and feeling.

Movie Review: Union Square

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Union Square may grate on you early on but, like its main character, all it wants is for the audience to give it a chance to show what it's really about. In this case, it's not too much to ask.

Movie Review: Crazy Eyes

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crazy Eyes was spawned by the same boozy mentality (and, sometimes, sentimentality) that has inspired the work of everyone from Dylan Thomas to Charles Bukowski.

Movie Review: The Do-Deca-Pentathalon

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's not a lot to The Do-Deca-Pentathalon and yet it never drags. And, more often than you'd expect, it makes you laugh. It may not set the world on fire, but it will amuse you without boring you -- a quality that is becoming rarer and rarer.

Movie Review: Savages

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When the bullets fly and the knives come out, Savages springs to gory, spurting life. Too much of the film, however, showcases its pretty stars' shortcomings -- and they're almost significant enough to sink the film.

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After three films about Spider-Man guided by Sam Raimi, Webb takes over and takes off. The director of (500) Days of Summer uses all the visual and digital tools at his disposal, just as Raimi did -- except the tools are slicker, glossier, more digitally seamless than those long ago days of 2002.

ReThink Review: The Amazing Spider-Man -- Slightly Different, Hardly Amazing

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why would Sony, which owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, feel that it was a good time to reboot the series with The Amazing Spider-Man? As you probably guessed, it has something to do with money.