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Angelina Jolie's Ambitious In The Land Of Blood And Honey Is The Very Definition Of A Noble Failure

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Despite the film's fine intentions and adult treatment of adult subject matter, In the Land of Blood and Honey doesn't quite work as a compelling piece of drama.

Movie review: Albert Nobbs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best movies find ways to be something larger than the one-line description that winds up in TV Guide or other brevity-obsessed outlets. And so it...

Stocking Stuffers: The Best Movies About Miscarriages of Justice

David Protess | Posted 02.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Hollywood relishes tales of villains, victims and heroes, so it is not surprising that movies about miscarriages of justice have long been a staple of the film industry.

Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Unnecessary

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Fincher's film better than Oplev's? Not really. It's different; it's probably as good as the Swedish version. But better? Nope, sorry.

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Where the other Mission: Impossible films were calculated to appeal to the kid in adults, this film seems aimed right at kids, period.

Movie review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What can you say about Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows that wasn't said previously about Ritchie's Baker Street reboot from 2009, She...

Movie Review: Carnage

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carnage refocuses itself in this film. Unlike the play, it is not simply about the breakdown of civilization -- or at least, of civilized behavior. It's about the very untwining of the ties that shelter civilization from the dominance of self-interest.

Movie review: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to believe no one has done a film tribute to Roger Corman before Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton's loving time...

Movie review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Actress Tilda Swinton seems caught in the role of mother of troubled teens and shepherdess of similar lost sheep. She's played them with quiet panic ...

ReThink Review: New Year's Eve -- Star Power Gridlock

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm not going to go into all the subplots, except to say that they all end as happily as you know they will from the very start.

Movie review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thrillers and spy tales have devolved in movies to a hash of slice'n'dice editing, prefabricated plots and outlandish action and gunplay that makes al...

Movie Review: New Year's Eve

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When is a comedy not a comedy? When it's one of what apparently is becoming a series of holiday-themed movies by Garry Marshall.

ReThink Review: The Artist -- Who Needs 3D... or Sound?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Nostalgia can't be the only reason why The Artist is receiving such critical praise. And be sure -- The Artist is a charming, beautifully shot, often funny novelty that audiences of all ages would do well to take a chance on.

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Is Smart, Suspenseful, Engaging, Terrific

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

From the somewhat hazy cinematography to the John Barry-ish score to the overtly cold and clinical nature of the narrative, this is a film that (appropriately) wants to take us back to what many consider to the peak of mainstream adult filmmaking.

Leonard Maltin's Top Five Indie Film Recommendations

Leonard Maltin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

It takes the better part of a year to survive the continuous stream of mediocre movies (and worse) so we can finally get to "the good stuff." Now that we have a bounty of first-rate movies to choose from, we have to insulate ourselves from the awards-season hype that touts good films as great and fine performances as brilliant. Seasoned moviegoers—and critics—have their work cut out for them.

Movie review: Sleeping Beauty

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Perhaps I'm not qualified to write about Sleeping Beauty, the debut film from Australian director Julia Leigh. I am, after all, a middle-aged man. An...

Movie Review: Coriolanus

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.30.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Never a popular part of the Shakespeare canon, Coriolanus bears a peculiar timeliness, in the muscular directorial debut by Ralph Fiennes.

Movie review: Outrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it's no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations. A good part of th...

Movie review: Shame

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that the dim-witted and near-sighted MPAA has slapped an NC-17 rating on Steve McQueen's Shame implies that there is something prurient about...

Martin Scorsese's Hugo: A Delight for Kids and Grownups Alike

Monica Edinger | Posted 01.25.2012 | Home
Monica Edinger

I was skeptical when I first heard that Martin Scorcese was taking on Brian Selznick's award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Its original mix of text and illustration had me all the more dubious; how on earth would that unique reading experience translate to film?

Movie review: A Dangerous Method

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is about the talking cure - specifically, the kind of talk therapy pioneered by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung at t...

Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Or, How Even Marital Sex Is a Punishable Offence

Farihah Zaman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

Stephanie Meyers claims that the Twilight series is not a pretext for some Mormon parable, but Breaking Dawn continues her terrifying march against female sexuality.

Movie review: The Artist

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Artist may be the year's most brightly imaginative and purely enjoyable film. It may also be the toughest sell. How many people, after all, will ...

Movie Review: The Muppets

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been 20 years since the death of Jim Henson. And Frank Oz has retired as the voice of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. But the Muppets live on in The Muppets movie, as funny, outlandish and sweet as ever.

Movie review: Rampart

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having teamed up for the emotionally demanding The Messenger, filmmaker Oren Moverman and actor Woody Harrelson join forces again for Rampart, a seari...