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Movie Review: Safe

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Boaz Yakin's Safe is high-octane silliness, a movie whose individual parts are greater than their sum.

ReThink Review: Bernie -- Murder on Ice

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why would a small town in East Texas claim that one of its residents, an assumedly gay man, should be given a lenient sentence for shooting an old woman in the back? That's a question that's only partially answered by Richard Linklater's dark comedy, Bernie.

Movie Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Five-Year Engagement wrings a slightly different change on the old boy-meets-girl formula -- and finds enough big laughs to make the whole thing enjoyable, even if it's never particularly fresh.

Movie review: Bernie

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story about events and people in a small Texas town in the mid-1990s, Bernie is a dark joke with a straight face -- and the surprising deadpan in this movie belongs to Jack Black.

Movie Review: Marley

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Marley is a welcome documentary, one that celebrates Bob Marley's spirit, his genius and his influence. If it errs on the side of hagiography, well, at least it gives us glimpses of previously unseen Marley performances.

Movie Review: Think Like a Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It says something about the state of romantic comedies today that the ideas in a movie like Think Like a Man -- or in books like Steve Harvey's Act Li...

Movie Review: To the Arctic

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To the Arctic, like the cable series Frozen Planet, provides a precious historical record. At some point in the future, films like this will provide the only visual record of polar bears, caribou and other Arctic fauna that will eventually disappear.

Movie Review: Chimpanzee

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A film that took more than four years and an extravagant amount of luck to make, Chimpanzee is an exceptional wildlife movie that should hold the interest of viewers from youngest to oldest.

Movie Review: Fightville

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Poirier is an interesting figure -- but his story itself, at least as told in Fightville, isn't all that involving.

Movie Review: Darling Companion

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton play Joseph and Beth Winter, a long-married couple in Denver; he's a self-important spinal surgeon and she is the wife whose needs have always taken a back seat to his.

Movie Review: The Lucky One

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm sure there are those who will be shocked that I not only enjoyed a lot of The Lucky One, but that I think Zac Efron's performance is a break-out moment -- the announcement that a teen dream has made the transition to adult dramatic actor.

Movie Review: Unraveled

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To the canon of films about the financial collapse of 2008, add Marc Simon's Unraveled, a portrait of one man's hubris, insecurity and appetite for glory, writ large.

From 'Glee' To 'Battleship,' The Week's Most Brutal Reviews

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment

The reviews for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's new horror flick "The Cabin in the Woods" have been mostly positive. However there was one critic who w...

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

Dan Persons | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.

Movie Review: The Lady

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thanks to a marvelously full-bodied performance by Michelle Yeoh and a complementary one by David Thewlis, The Lady overcomes its own obstacles -- principally ones of pacing -- to present a moving portrait of courage, resilience and conviction.

Movie Review: Lockout

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In Lockout, we have a prison-escape film that features an actor in search of literal escape -- from this film.

Review: The Assault

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like Paul Greengrass' United 93, this film focuses on urgent action in tightly enclosed spaces, which also leads to an occasional lack of clarity when we're not sure what we're seeing.

Movie Review: American Reunion -- No Joke

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The stench of desperation permeates this film, a sequel to American Pie, the 1999 gross-out hit, and its many offspring.

Movie review: We Have a Pope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thoughtful but funny in a low-key way, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope examines the idea of papal succession through a fictional story that reminds us ...

Movie Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The key here is the mix of tones Spurlock achieves: a blend of boyish gee-whiz fascination and a winking sense of the absurdity of grown-ups devoting their lives to this sort of fantasy and role-playing.

DVDs: Tintin Can't Defeat Creepy Motion-Capture Animation Style

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Tintin is all about pell-mell adventure but the rather bland hero could use some fleshing out, in every sense of the word.

Movie Review: Frighteningly Flat Intruders

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Intruders barely intrudes on the consciousness, even while you're watching it. Which you are most vigorously advised not to do.

DVDs: Tinker Tailor Quietly Brilliant; Peak for Oldman

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's not as if this sober, subtle spy film was ignored -- it was one of the most acclaimed films of the year and received three Oscar nominations. But I think the stock of this remarkable achievement is going to rise steadily.

Review: The urgency of The Island President

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Island President may already be too late, in terms of the changes it hopes to effect. But Nasheed remains a courageous and inspiring figure, particularly now that he's been forced from office by stand-ins for the kind of forces he has been trying to combat.

ReThink Review: Goon -- the Hardest-Hitting (and Funniest) Comedy of 2012

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.28.2012 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Naturally, the great joy of Goon is watching this lovable, eager-to-please oaf destroying everyone in his way, sort of like a happy-go-lucky Lenny from Of Mice and Men.