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Saving the Block From Monsters Near and Far

Isabelle Pierre | Posted 11.08.2011 | Black Voices
Isabelle Pierre

Watching Attack the Block is like watching the kids from the fourth season of The Wire defend their drug ridden streets from an aggressive alien invasion. It's energy is superb.

Movie Review: Contagion

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The first hour of Steven Soderbergh's Contagion is so tense that you can almost forgive the second half for getting bogged down.

Review: Warrior

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Warrior is like Rocky squared -- an underdog story with two underdogs who, just to up the emotional stakes, happen to be brothers who have to fight each other.

Review: Warrior

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.03.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Warrior is, above all, an emotionally engaging and uncommonly thoughtful family drama. It rises above most in its genre by refusing to pit 'good' against 'evil' and by refusing to pander to our lowest emotional denominator.

Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are laughs to be had in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, though they're inconsistent and haphazard. The whole movie has that sloppy feel, as though it were assembled from leftover parts of other, better comedies.

HuffPost Review: Love Crime

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As you watch Alain Corneau's Love Crime, take a minute to try to decide who has the iciest, deadliest pair of eyes -- Kristin Scott Thomas or Ludivine Sagnier.

HuffPost Review: The Debt

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Set in two different eras, with two different trios playing the same characters, The Debt is gripping and gritty, a thriller that breeds genuine excitement in both of the time periods in which it is set.

HuffPost Review: Our Idiot Brother

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother is a summer-ending treat, a low-key comedy with sharp performances and a shaggy-dog feel.

HuffPost Review: Chasing Madoff

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chasing Madoff is a searing indictment of the fast-and-loose free-market attitude that nearly sank the world economy. I can't imagine how painful it would be to watch it, were I someone who had lost a fortune to Madoff's malfeasance.

ReThink Review: One Day -- A Revenge Fantasy for Women Who Love Jerks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

One Day isn't so much a romance movie as it is an emotional revenge fantasy for women who've had the misfortune of falling for jerks.

HuffPost Review: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a 1973 TV movie of the same name, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a horror movie that rarely insults your intelligence. Indeed, it seduces you into thinking you can outsmart the film -- and then zaps you when you least expect it. Now that's fun.

HuffPost Review: Amigo

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amigo is a companion piece to John Sayles' new novel, A Moment in the Sun - or perhaps it's the other way around. While it's easy to admire Sayles' a...

HuffPost Review: Flypaper

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's no surprise that Flypaper is receiving a bare-bones release. The real question is: How does a movie as weak as Flypaper get made? Who read this script and said, "I have to make this movie"?

HuffPost Review: One Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

One key to the successful romantic film story: You've got to understand what these people see in each other and root for them to get together. Which, unfortunately, is not the case with One Day

Movie Review: Conan the Barbarian

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are plenty of battles in the new version of Conan the Barbarian, but the two key matchups -- pitting this film against the 1982 version -- wind up as a draw. Sort of.

HuffPost Review: Griff the Invisible

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The less said about Griff the Invisible, the better. This wan, fey little Australian film stretches the notion of quirkiness far past the snapping point -- though the film itself has very little in the way of snap.

Summer of the Hominids

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 10.12.2011 | Entertainment
Wallace J Nichols

Do whatever you have to do to see the following two films in immediate sequence, back-to-back, double feature style: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Project Nim. My memories of the two films have blurred into one four hour ape-a-thon retro chimp-epic.

HuffPost Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been a summer full of comedies that succumb to the law of diminishing returns, from The Hangover Part 2 through The Change-Up. Now comes 30 Minu...

HuffPost Review: The Help

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.

WATCH: A Roundtable On 'The Help' And Race

Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices

Kathryn Stockett's novel, "The Help," about the lives of several black domestics in Mississippi and the white children they cared for, was snapped up ...

The Guard

Michael Jones | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

If I could figure out how to mass tweet the world's population I would tweet: go see The Guard.

Zaki's Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

At its core, the Apes series has always been about self-inflicted wounds -- the idea that man's unquenchable hubris inevitably leads to catastrophic consequences both for himself and those around him.

HuffPost Review: Senna

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not worth a spoiler alert to point out that racecar driver Ayrton Senna dies at the end of Senna, Asif Kapadia's routine sports documentary from ESPN Films, and which receives a theatrical release this week.

Review of The Victim

Monah Li | Posted 10.07.2011 | Entertainment
Monah Li

I just had the opportunity and immense pleasure to see this independently produced movie. I have never written a movie review, but this movie touched ...

HuffPost Review: The Whistleblower

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Whistleblower is dark, grim and harrowing. It tells the tale of Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a Nebraska cop looking to make some big dough so she can afford to follow her children.