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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.

'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.