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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.

Zaki's Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.02.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The effects work here is the best in the entire run, with the seamless blending of CGI and practical as Spidey swings through New York blurring the line between the real and the illusory.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Brave

Dan Persons | Posted 08.25.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Another daring redefinition of the family film from the people who turned a near-dialogue-free tale about a love-struck robot, an adventure about a cantankerous, air-bound septuagenarian, and a fantasy about a culinary-obsessed rat into worldwide, critical and commercial hits?

A Parent's Guide To 'Brave'

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I'm thrilled that Disney has given us a princess with two engaged parents and a lot of spunk. She's a fantastic role model for young girls.

Movie Review: The Invisible War

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kirby Dick's shocking documentary, The Invisible War, details a small part of what seems like an epidemic -- not just of sexual assault in the military but of the closed-ranks mentality that keeps the outrage from bubbling into public view.

Prometheus Bound and Gagged

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Howard Fineman

The Prometheus of Greek myth was the titan who stole fire -- and a love of science and the intellect -- from the gods of Olympus. If Ol' Pro' saw this eponymous film, he might keep the fire but give the rest back.

Movie Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World strikes a different chord: one that is wistfully romantic, a little melancholy and unexpectedly funny.

Physicists Find High-Tech Way To Predict Movie Hits, Duds

| Posted 06.18.2012 | Science

By Dennis Normile Why did The Avengers blow the roof off the box office, while Battleship sank to the bottom of the sea? Blame internet chatter. ...

Movie Review: Brave

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's noteworthy that Disney/Pixar's Brave, is the first Pixar feature -- and the first Disney animated feature in a while -- to focus on a heroine, rather than a hero. And not a heroine whose fate is somehow bound up with romance -- that's a crucial distinction.

ReThink Review: Rock of Ages - Remembrance of Hair Bands Past

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.15.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

There were some things in Rock of Ages I really liked, but there were also things that were annoying or just plain weird. But what's weirdest is that what I liked and what I didn't like were often the same things.

Movie Review: That's My Boy

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sandler does find laughs in That's My Boy, his latest cinematic extrusion. Few of them are provided by him, however. Nor are there nearly enough of them in this flabby, bloated comedy to change your mind if you, like me, are not a particular fan of Sandler's self-generated films.

Movie Review: Your Sister's Sister

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Your Sister's Sister is smart comedy, such a rarity. It never forces laughs but keeps you steadily and regularly amused.

Movie Review: Bel Ami

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not sure why, but no one has been willing or able to speak truth to box-office power, so let me try: Robert Pattinson is a terrible actor.

Movie Review: Lola Versus

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lola Versus is all like an extended episode of Girls, minus that series' self-lacerating sense of humor. Or any sense of humor.

Movie review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's spoof that works and there's caricature that depends on stereotype -- and Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love & Misunderstanding is witless caricature.

ReThink Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.06.2012 | Women
Jonathan Kim

This film urges us to look hard at what charities like Komen are really saying about breast cancer, those who have it and the companies trying to "pinkwash" themselves, insulating themselves from criticism.