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Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While Hill, writer Michael Bacall and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller want to spoof cop procedurals, they also want to make an actual cop-action film. That blend of comedy and action is a tough one, almost as tough as romantic comedy.

Movie review: Seeking Justice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Playing like some disjointed hybrid of Strangers on a Train and The Parallax View by way of Death Wish, Seeking Justice is never terrible - just never...

Movie review: Silent House

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Silent House is one of those gimmick-movies that you can easily imagine beginning with a conversation along the lines of, "Hey, you know what would be...

Party In The USA: Project X Exacerbates Lowbrow Party Culture

Chris Krapek | Posted 05.08.2012 | Chicago
Chris Krapek

Project X is like a social media timeline of seeing stupid people do stupid stuff, and you have the pleasure of paying $10 to see it all go down.

Movie review: Shakespeare High

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There seem to be an endless series of student competitions about which to make documentaries - and any number have been made over the years. From Sp...

Review: Friends With Kids

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Friends with Kids is never as funny as I wanted it to be -- but I'm starting to think that few films can be. It's a smart romantic comedy that should amuse both halves of the couples who see it on date night.

Movie Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You shouldn't see Jiro Dreams of Sushi on an empty stomach. Indeed, you should have sushi in ready proximity once you have seen this fascinating look...

Movie Review: John Carter

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'd probably seen the placard on the side of New York city buses a half-dozen times before I actually noticed the tiny John Carter figure in the foreground, wielding a mammoth chain with a big rock attached to the end.

Movie Review: Footnote

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I don't think there was a movie at last fall's Toronto Film Festival (or New York after that) that thrilled me in the same way that Footnote did.

Movie review: Boy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Writer-director Taika Waititi may be the founder of his own school of humor: call it "cruel-reality" comedy, Kiwi division, as practiced in his film, ...

ReThink Review: Act of Valor -- That's Militainment!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young American boys (including myself) have been running around with toy/imaginary weapons pretending to be soldiers for millenia, and have been watching TV shows and movies about the military for decades.

Movie Review: Being Flynn

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Adapted and directed by Paul Weitz, Being Flynn ostensibly is about Nick (Paul Dano), a would-be writer dealing with alcohol and commitment issues.

DVDs: Some of the Best (and Worst) Movies of the Year

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

DVD releases keep coming fast and furious, with this week's batch including some of the best movies put out in 2011... and some of the worst. Ain't that always the way?

Movie Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

The Forgiveness of Blood is quietly compelling, a film about the traditions of the past hamstringing the present. It's a look at a clash of cultures that brings medieval thinking into the modern-day.

Movie Review: On the Ice

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Life doesn't seem to get much colder than it probably is during a winter in Barrow, the Alaskan town at the center of Andrew MacLean's On the Ice, a tale of living and dying on the edge of the world.

Movie Review: Thin Ice

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Almost 20 years later, there has yet to be a film noir that out-Fargos the Coen brothers' Fargo. Jill Sprecher's Thin Ice takes a run at it.

Movie Review: Bullhead

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a sense, this is a movie about what it means to be a man and how one defines masculinity. Yet the script is too thin, doodling in the criminal subplot as a way of pulling Jacky out of his insular existence.

ReThink Review: Undefeated -- Why Sports Matter

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Oscar-nominated documentary Undefeated follows a season in the life of the Manassas High School football team. But as is true of any great sports story, it really isn't about the final score.

Kill List: An Interview With Ben Wheatley

Farihah Zaman | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

The charming and hilarious Ben Wheatley spoke to me about growing up afraid in the '70s, co-writing the script for Kill List with his wife, Amy Jump, and why being chased by a horde of naked people is so damn scary.

Movie Review: Undefeated

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An Oscar nominee as best documentary, Undefeated is a sports film that's less about football than it is about a coach, his players and the journey they take together. And it's a terrific trip.

Movie Review: Chico & Rita

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Chico & Rita is like a graphic novel of a romantic drama, set to music that entices and inspires. It's the grown-up choice to win this year's Oscar for animated feature.

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin After the mad rush of December releases, the early months of the new year are usually fallow--except for films that opened briefly ...

ReThink Review: Chronicle -- Teen Superhero vs. Teen Angst

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In that sense, along with impressive special effects, Chronicle succeeds in keeping its story firmly planted in the real world despite its science-fiction premise. It's likely that not all outcasts would use newfound abilities to defend the weak, save the planet, and become a hero.

Movie Review: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

She's a nonagenarian who, when dressed in black, looks a little like a bobble-head with a pipe-cleaner body. But, at the age of 91, entertainer Carol Channing has amazing energy and a rare spirit for life.

Review: Rampart and Thin Ice

Lisa Kirchner | Posted 04.01.2012 | Entertainment
Lisa Kirchner

When two of this year's most-anticipated films feature complete cretins in the protaganist's role, it's safe to say that winter 2012 marks the season of the anti-hero.