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Movie Review: A Separation

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Family dynamics make for potent drama -- and few films this year have used that idea to better effect than Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, which made my 10-best list for 2011.

Movie Review: War Horse

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the popular children's book that inspired the Tony-winning Broadway production, War Horse is exactly what it advertises itself to be: a schmaltzy tale of a boy and his horse, set against the backdrop of British poverty and World War I.

Which Movie Should You See Today?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Entertainment

Whether you've been unwrapping gifts from beneath the tree or just enjoying a normal mid-winter Sunday morning, you're probably thinking about the nex...

Movie Review: We Bought a Zoo

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We Bought a Zoo is one of what is becoming a crowded seasonal field of movies with something to appeal to each of several generations.

Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

MI: Ghost Protocol is fun in the right places, funny in the right places, and the skillful dispatching of returned and recruited personnel, onscreen and off, points the way to several more entries in this series before it ever need worry about self-destructing.

Movie review: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You would think that, after World War II, Europe had seen all of the genocide it could stomach for a century or so. But, no, here came the Serbs in th...

Movie review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I keep want to referring to Stephen Daldry's film of Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close as, instead, ..& Incredibly Cute. That...

Zaki's Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn't go nearly as deep as I would have liked, but is a mostly-diverting concoction that, thankfully isn't as broad as it could very well have ended up.

Movie review: The Adventures of Tintin

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Herge's Tintin comics have been huge in France since they were first published in 1929, but have never quite translated to American popularity. In the...

Angelina Jolie's Ambitious In The Land Of Blood And Honey Is The Very Definition Of A Noble Failure

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Despite the film's fine intentions and adult treatment of adult subject matter, In the Land of Blood and Honey doesn't quite work as a compelling piece of drama.

Movie review: Albert Nobbs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best movies find ways to be something larger than the one-line description that winds up in TV Guide or other brevity-obsessed outlets. And so it...

Stocking Stuffers: The Best Movies About Miscarriages of Justice

David Protess | Posted 02.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Hollywood relishes tales of villains, victims and heroes, so it is not surprising that movies about miscarriages of justice have long been a staple of the film industry.

Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Unnecessary

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Fincher's film better than Oplev's? Not really. It's different; it's probably as good as the Swedish version. But better? Nope, sorry.

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Where the other Mission: Impossible films were calculated to appeal to the kid in adults, this film seems aimed right at kids, period.

Movie review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What can you say about Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows that wasn't said previously about Ritchie's Baker Street reboot from 2009, She...

Movie Review: Carnage

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carnage refocuses itself in this film. Unlike the play, it is not simply about the breakdown of civilization -- or at least, of civilized behavior. It's about the very untwining of the ties that shelter civilization from the dominance of self-interest.

Movie review: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to believe no one has done a film tribute to Roger Corman before Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton's loving time...

Movie review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Actress Tilda Swinton seems caught in the role of mother of troubled teens and shepherdess of similar lost sheep. She's played them with quiet panic ...

ReThink Review: New Year's Eve -- Star Power Gridlock

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm not going to go into all the subplots, except to say that they all end as happily as you know they will from the very start.

Movie review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thrillers and spy tales have devolved in movies to a hash of slice'n'dice editing, prefabricated plots and outlandish action and gunplay that makes al...

Movie Review: New Year's Eve

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When is a comedy not a comedy? When it's one of what apparently is becoming a series of holiday-themed movies by Garry Marshall.

ReThink Review: The Artist -- Who Needs 3D... or Sound?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Nostalgia can't be the only reason why The Artist is receiving such critical praise. And be sure -- The Artist is a charming, beautifully shot, often funny novelty that audiences of all ages would do well to take a chance on.

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Is Smart, Suspenseful, Engaging, Terrific

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

From the somewhat hazy cinematography to the John Barry-ish score to the overtly cold and clinical nature of the narrative, this is a film that (appropriately) wants to take us back to what many consider to the peak of mainstream adult filmmaking.

Leonard Maltin's Top Five Indie Film Recommendations

Leonard Maltin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

It takes the better part of a year to survive the continuous stream of mediocre movies (and worse) so we can finally get to "the good stuff." Now that we have a bounty of first-rate movies to choose from, we have to insulate ourselves from the awards-season hype that touts good films as great and fine performances as brilliant. Seasoned moviegoers—and critics—have their work cut out for them.

Movie review: Sleeping Beauty

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Perhaps I'm not qualified to write about Sleeping Beauty, the debut film from Australian director Julia Leigh. I am, after all, a middle-aged man. An...