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Review: The Importance of Bully

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lee Hirsch's Bully can't help but move you. It's an important and powerful film, one that should be required viewing for kids of any age -- and their parents.

Movie Review: Turn Me On, Dammit!

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hollywood has told this story endlessly -- but always about boys, almost never about girls (at least not without a tragic component). Think Porky's. Think American Pie. Think any sex-drenched teen comedy of the past 30 years.

Life Is Filled With Surprises

George Heymont | Posted 05.26.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

I never thought I would find myself writing a column about two films whose protagonists are Korean people with severe sensory challenges. What are the odds?

Action and Transaction: Hoberman on "The Kid With a Bike"

ARTINFO | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

Although they seldom show a church or have a character call on Jesus, the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are the worker-priests of European art...

Review: The Hunger Games

Jenny Block | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Jenny Block

This film that will keep viewers, even the millions who have read the books and know the outcome, at the edge of their seats. And if the storyline doesn't grab you -- unlikely as that is -- the special effects and the portrayal of the Game arena is enough to intrigue most.

From 'Casa De Mi Padre' To Meat Loaf's New Album: The Week In Ouch

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 03.17.2012 | Entertainment

Is Will Ferrell's Spanish really that bad in "Casa de mi Padre?" Has rocker Meat Loaf lost his edge? And where's Eddie Murphy's comedic touch in "A Th...

Movie review: Detachment

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Our urban schools are screwed up; our teachers are under siege and burnt out; and the parents of the children who cause the most problems are the leas...

ReThink Review: Friends With Kids -- Shared Custody, Hold the Divorce

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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Movie Review: Casa de mi Padre

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll give Will Ferrell credit for this: There aren't many actors who would make an entire comedy in a foreign language just as a joke. Now -- if only the joke itself were funny...

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While Hill, writer Michael Bacall and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller want to spoof cop procedurals, they also want to make an actual cop-action film. That blend of comedy and action is a tough one, almost as tough as romantic comedy.

Movie review: Seeking Justice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Playing like some disjointed hybrid of Strangers on a Train and The Parallax View by way of Death Wish, Seeking Justice is never terrible - just never...

Movie review: Silent House

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Silent House is one of those gimmick-movies that you can easily imagine beginning with a conversation along the lines of, "Hey, you know what would be...

Party In The USA: Project X Exacerbates Lowbrow Party Culture

Chris Krapek | Posted 05.08.2012 | Chicago
Chris Krapek

Project X is like a social media timeline of seeing stupid people do stupid stuff, and you have the pleasure of paying $10 to see it all go down.

Movie review: Shakespeare High

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There seem to be an endless series of student competitions about which to make documentaries - and any number have been made over the years. From Sp...

Review: Friends With Kids

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Friends with Kids is never as funny as I wanted it to be -- but I'm starting to think that few films can be. It's a smart romantic comedy that should amuse both halves of the couples who see it on date night.

Movie Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You shouldn't see Jiro Dreams of Sushi on an empty stomach. Indeed, you should have sushi in ready proximity once you have seen this fascinating look...

Movie Review: John Carter

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'd probably seen the placard on the side of New York city buses a half-dozen times before I actually noticed the tiny John Carter figure in the foreground, wielding a mammoth chain with a big rock attached to the end.

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.