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Movie Review: Prometheus

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As an act of cinema, Prometheus is stunningly designed, shot with great purpose in a serious fashion. As a movie, however, it never quite fulfills and I left Prometheus feeling unsatisfied.

Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Small and delightfully self-assured, Safety Not Guaranteed celebrates the idea of taking a chance and accepting the unexpected, in ways that are quietly funny.

Snow White -- Then and Now

David Edmund Moody | Posted 08.04.2012 | Entertainment
David Edmund Moody

Whereas the Grimm version is notable for achieving large effects with minimal materials, Snow White and the Huntsman achieves modest effects with lavish cinematic tricks and a surfeit of embellishments.

OC 87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Bud Clayman, the subject of a new movie about thriving with and despite mental illness, has given us a message of hope. But for those that look beyond Bud and his family, we are left with the inescapable task of making what was possible for him possible for everyone so afflicted.

Movie Review: Dark Horse

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Todd Solondz's films are like tests: At what point does the human quality of Abe's suffering -- as he undergoes a cascade of misfortune -- overtake your distaste for him as a person and push you to feel empathy?

Movie Review: A Cat in Paris

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nominated for the Oscar as best animated feature (which went to the visually brilliant but drastically unfunny Rango), A Cat in Paris is a slight but entertaining tale, most noteworthy for going old-school, with hand-drawn animation.

DVDs: Scorsese Stumbles, Cruise Soars and Much More

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Madonna's career will surely inspire countless documentaries and studies in the future. But the Truth Or Dare film -- which might have been a concert throwaway -- is in fact a pretty enduring look at media manipulation and how she exploited the spotlight.

ReThink Review: Snow White and the Huntsman - Game of Twilight Potter Rings

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The bad news is Kristen Stewart, whose performance seems transplanted from the Twilight films since she spends so much of both looking either bewildered or angst-ridden with the weight of the world on her shoulders when she isn't running for her life.

Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

For a movie based on a fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is kind of grim -- or is that Grimm?

Dear Movie-Going Friends: 'It Wasn't as Bad as You Think' No Longer Qualifies as a Good Review

James Napoli | Posted 07.29.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

Tell those close to you, proudly and unapologetically, that you were, in fact, monumentally underwhelmed by a lackluster cinematic offering, and that it was every bit as bad as you expected it to be. This will save them countless hours, perhaps even days, of needless pain.

ReThink Review: The Intouchables - France's 'Magic Negro,' or Something More?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

By making Driss and Philippe fully realized characters (the film is based on a true story) with histories and lots to learn about life and each other, The Intouchables manages to escape the trappings of the Magic Negro genre.

Why Battleship Falls Flat With College Students

Uloop | Posted 07.29.2012 | College

Execs over at Universal and Hasbro are clearly wondering what went wrong with their supposedly surefire hit, so here's a handy breakdown to make things a little more clear.

Movie Review: High School

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The temptation to make lots of marijuana-derived jokes would be a lot stronger if High School, an alleged stoner comedy, were actually funny.

ReThink Review: Men in Black 3 - Agents J & K Are Back, But Y?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.25.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why, ten years after an underperforming sequel, is there a Men In Black 3? Are there burning questions about agents J (Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) that were left unresolved? Is there an arch-nemesis still on the loose?

Zaki's Review: Men in Black III

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.25.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

More than anything, Men in Black III demonstrates precisely why Will Smith has become one of the world's preeminent box office draws in the time since he first suited up for this series.

Movie review: Men in Black 3

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I will admit: I tend to have a bias against movies with the number "3" in the title. If there's ever a dead giveaway that all imagination has been sap...

Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a certain giddy airlessness to Anderson's films in general -- and to Moonrise Kingdom in particular. And yet that cinematic hypoxia creates its own kind of high, if you can adjust to the altitude.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Battleship

Dan Persons | Posted 07.21.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The aliens have landed! Yes. Again. This time they've invaded off the coast of Hawaii, so it's just like Pearl Harbor, if the attack on Pearl Harbor had included such devastating weaponry as Giant Exploding Pegs and Hot-Rodding Robot Fireballs.

Goldthwait Blesses America

Tony Bartolone | Posted 07.21.2012 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

However, the most important movie to come out this year will not even be considered a Best Picture contender. God Bless America is cinema at its absolute, bloody best.

Movie Review: The Intouchables

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Intouchables is a movie that already has been tarred with the condescending brush of American critics who mischaracterize it as patronizing to the character of Driss.

ReThink Review: Battleship: Interplanetary War on Human Eardrums

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Battleship succeeds in being big, dumb, and extremely loud, and after The Avengers, we should all be expecting a lot more.

Movie Review: Elena

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though billed as a Russian film noir, Elena skimps on the noir, and more's the pity. Instead, it's a disciplined, controlled and ultimately disappointing drama of family tension and murder.

Movie Review: Hysteria

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Oh, let's just get it out there: This is a movie about the invention of the vibrator and women seizing the reins of their own pleasure.

Movie Review: Polisse

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Maiwenn Le Besco's Polisse is tough and compelling, a police drama with no real plot but, rather, a snapshot slice-of-life of a group of Paris cops coping with what may be the most demanding assignment on the force.

Movie Review: The Dictator Rules!

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sacha Baron Cohen casts a wide net. He seems to have something wildly nasty to say about everyone -- but he always seems to say it with a charming smile. He's an equal-opportunity offender.