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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.

'Man on a Ledge' Is Pure Entertainment and Aren't We Ready For That

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

After the bombardment of "artistic" movies we have seen in the past month or so it is nice to have a movie that just simply entertains. That is exactly what Man on a Ledge does, and does it with success.

Movie Review: The Grey

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Grey is gruesome at times, but it's also involving emotionally, as the puny mortals reveal themselves to each other in the face of something as insurmountable as the frigid Alaskan outback.

Who's Better, Man Or Woman?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 03.26.2012 | Entertainment
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Packaged as a slick spy film, Haywire's been mildly poo-pooed by some critics but there's another way to see it: as a significant take on commerce and the tensions between men and women, and on a continuum with an earlier work, The Girlfriend Experience.

ReThink Review: Haywire -- Post-Feminasskicking!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 heist series over, the director is clearly looking for another genre franchise to do for fun between his more challenging and experimental pieces. Haywire fits that description.

Movie Review: Red Tails

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Despite what no doubt were state-of-the-art visual effects thanks to the involvement of LucasFilm, Red Tails is further proof that visual tricks and flashily edited action sequences aren't enough to make a movie interesting.

WATCH: 'Miss Bala' Gives Tense Look At Border Violence

AP | By CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 01.19.2012 | Latino Voices

-- Gerardo Naranjo may have made the least-glamorous movie ever about a pageant queen with "Miss Bala." And that's what makes it so beautiful. With ...

ReThink Review: Young Adult -- The Return of the (Prom) Queen

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Adult is clearly set up as award bait for Charlize Theron, who gets the chance to be unlikable in almost every way.

ReThink Review: Pina -- Maybe the Best 3D Movie So Far (And It's a Documentary)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I've seen the first spectacular 3D film that absolutely must be seen in 3D. And most amazingly, this film is a documentary about a German choreographer whom I'd never heard of. That film is Pina.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Is No Easy Watch

Chris Krapek | Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago
Chris Krapek

Absorbing and fully understanding this movie is work. You must give your full and undivided attention to process every minute detail -- it could be a clue! Better think twice before that large popcorn and soda.

Movie Review: Joyful Noise

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Joyful Noise is a movie with big, rousing soul-gospel songs that take your mind off how mediocre -- or worse -- the rest of the movie is.

Top Ten Movies of 2011

Farihah Zaman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

2011 was the rare and beautiful year that was so packed with surprising and innovative films, it was seriously difficult to boil it down to just ten.

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast 3D

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While I'm happy that kids will get the chance to see this wonderful film on a big screen, it comes from this crassly commercial ploy: the 3D conversion.

The Artist, the Pinnacle of the Movie Maker's Art

Warren Adler | Posted 03.11.2012 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Something stunningly clever is at work in the minds of the French filmmakers who have created this exquisite original.

The 5 Best Indie Films Of THe Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin Traditionally, January releases are nothing to shout about, since most moviegoers are still busy catching up with the Big Guns of ...

Who Wrote the Meanest Review of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'?

Posted 01.05.2012 | Home

"Feel free to write what you want, as I don't especially care," 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' producer Scott Rudin wrote in an email to New Yo...

A Smorgasbord of Kinky Sex

Warren Adler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Having read all three of Stieg Larsson's novel trilogy featuring his super heroine Lisbeth Salander, and having seen all three of the Swedish movies adapted from those books as well as the American version, I have arrived at one conclusion: the Swedes win.

Movie Review: Pariah

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year has produced two films that explore minority attitudes toward sexuality: Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road, and now Dee Rees' Pariah, which explores the life of one young black woman whose parents are in deep denial about the fact that she's a lesbian.

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.