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From 'Glee' To 'Battleship,' The Week's Most Brutal Reviews

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment

The reviews for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's new horror flick "The Cabin in the Woods" have been mostly positive. However there was one critic who w...

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

Dan Persons | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.

Movie Review: The Lady

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thanks to a marvelously full-bodied performance by Michelle Yeoh and a complementary one by David Thewlis, The Lady overcomes its own obstacles -- principally ones of pacing -- to present a moving portrait of courage, resilience and conviction.

Movie Review: Lockout

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In Lockout, we have a prison-escape film that features an actor in search of literal escape -- from this film.

Review: The Assault

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like Paul Greengrass' United 93, this film focuses on urgent action in tightly enclosed spaces, which also leads to an occasional lack of clarity when we're not sure what we're seeing.

Movie Review: American Reunion -- No Joke

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The stench of desperation permeates this film, a sequel to American Pie, the 1999 gross-out hit, and its many offspring.

Movie review: We Have a Pope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thoughtful but funny in a low-key way, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope examines the idea of papal succession through a fictional story that reminds us ...

Movie Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The key here is the mix of tones Spurlock achieves: a blend of boyish gee-whiz fascination and a winking sense of the absurdity of grown-ups devoting their lives to this sort of fantasy and role-playing.

DVDs: Tintin Can't Defeat Creepy Motion-Capture Animation Style

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Tintin is all about pell-mell adventure but the rather bland hero could use some fleshing out, in every sense of the word.

Movie Review: Frighteningly Flat Intruders

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Intruders barely intrudes on the consciousness, even while you're watching it. Which you are most vigorously advised not to do.

DVDs: Tinker Tailor Quietly Brilliant; Peak for Oldman

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's not as if this sober, subtle spy film was ignored -- it was one of the most acclaimed films of the year and received three Oscar nominations. But I think the stock of this remarkable achievement is going to rise steadily.

Review: The urgency of The Island President

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Island President may already be too late, in terms of the changes it hopes to effect. But Nasheed remains a courageous and inspiring figure, particularly now that he's been forced from office by stand-ins for the kind of forces he has been trying to combat.

ReThink Review: Goon -- the Hardest-Hitting (and Funniest) Comedy of 2012

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.28.2012 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Naturally, the great joy of Goon is watching this lovable, eager-to-please oaf destroying everyone in his way, sort of like a happy-go-lucky Lenny from Of Mice and Men.

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

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


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...