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Save Our Species!

Matt Kohn | Posted 11.14.2012 | Entertainment
Matt Kohn

Before long, you are on earth and in space, and feeling around your own brain, and your connection to the global history uncovered through anthropology and archaeology. Never will you be just a tourist at a World Heritage site, but a witness.

Review: Arbitrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"Family -- it's what really matters," says Robert Miller (Richard Gere), or words to that effect, to a gathering in his posh Fifth Avenue townhouse that includes his wife (Susan Sarandon), grown children, grandchildren and friends, who have assembled to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Review: Snowman's Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Casually brutal, drily (but only intermittently) funny and frequently just plain strange, the German Snowman's Land is a gloomy comedy that's funnier in theory than in practice.

ReThink Review: Liberal Arts -- A Man-Boy Grows Up, and Graduates

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Liberal Arts is Radnor's second film after Happythankyoumoreplease, where the characters' habit of earnestly saying exactly what they were thinking definitely made it feel like a first film. In contrast, Liberal Arts feels more mature, poignant, and real.

Movie Review: The Master

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the evidence of The Master and his last film, There Will Be Blood, I'd offer this: Anderson seems bent on making movies that challenge the viewer to figure out what he's really about.

Movie Review: The Words

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stories within stories -- The Words sometimes threatens to swallow itself whole. The fact that it doesn't is a tribute to writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.

Movie Review: Keep the Lights On

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On starts with a credit montage of bad paintings. His protagonist, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), is first seen cruising gay-sex phone chatlines looking for company.

Review: Bachelorette

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedies in which women talk dirty and act stupid and horny -- is this such a hard to genre to get right?

Movie Review: Lawless

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Almost as soon as movies could talk, they were making films about the gangsters who came to prominence by supplying liquor to thirsty Americans who didn't believe in the nanny-state laws against alcohol known as Prohibition.

Movie Review: The Good Doctor

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At first glance, The Good Doctor seems like a pilot for a TV series we've seen seemingly dozens of times -- most successfully in E.R. But the longer you watch The Good Doctor, the more something seems off.

Movie Review: The Tall Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pascal Laugier's story of a small, depressed town dealing with missing children, taken by a mysterious figure known only as the Tall Man, keeps you plugged in -- right up until it pulls the rug out from under you.

Movie Review: Side by Side

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Side by Side should be required viewing in any film school worth its salt and, undoubtedly, will be. But as up-to-the-minute as it is, by next year, it undoubtedly will be dated. And, before long, it will be a curiosity.

Movie Review: For a Good Time, Call...

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is it really so hard to make a funny, dirty sex comedy? Apparently so.

ReThink Review: Sleepwalk With Me -- A Comedian's Wake Up Call

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Sleepwalk With Me is a really wonderful, poignant, funny, and very original film from a unique and honest voice that shows its main character not as a hero, victim, or saint, but as a real person who makes mistakes, and sometimes big, hurtful, avoidable ones.

Review: Sleepwalk With Me Works Like a Dream

Zach Udko | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Zach Udko

Sleepwalk With Me, a charming gem set in the world of stand-up comedy, is the latest in a long line of smart, bittersweet romantic tales heavily influenced by Woody Allen's 1977 classic Annie Hall.

Movie Review: Premium Rush

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are the seeds of a funny and exciting film buried within Premium Rush. Instead, there's a lot of footage of people riding bikes with determined looks on their faces. Sorry, it's just not that exciting.

Movie Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mike Birbiglia seems like an easy-going guy, someone who probably has a little trouble with confrontation or sticking up for himself. At least that's how he comes off in Sleepwalk With Me, the film version of his hit one-man show.

Review: Hit & Run

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hit & Run is like a car doing doughnuts, driving in circles while going nowhere fast.

Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is something magical about The Odd Life of Timothy Green. But not, unfortunately, magical enough.

Movie Review: Why Stop Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why Stop Now boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong.

A Parent's Guide to Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Kristen Howerton | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is not a kid's film that adults will tolerate, nor is it an adult film that children might sit through. It reminded me of Disney's Sunday Night Movies I watched with my parents as a child.

Movie Review: Robot & Frank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A caper film whose biggest thief is actually the inexorable flow of time, Robot & Frank is a terrific character study that offers the always-captivating Frank Langella the opportunity to stretch out a little bit.

Film Flashbacks: My 15 Favorite Family Flicks of All Time

Ambre Anderson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

This weekend there weren't any new family friendly theater releases. So, instead of a review - this week I want to go back in time. I've compiled a list of my fifteen favorite PG films and film quotes! Hope you find them as funny, uplifting, and stimulating as I do.

Movie Review: Compliance

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Craig Zobel's Compliance may be the creepiest movie of the year. It has no physical violence, no sex, barely even a raised voice -- and yet it burrows into your brain and keeps burrowing, the longer you watch.

Movie Review: ParaNorman

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from a script by Butler, ParaNorman is a marvel of stop-motion animation, built on a script of flat jokes and frantic, frenetic but uninvolving action.