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3 Delicious Reasons to See Burnt, 1 Bitter Reason Why Not

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Does Burnt deliver on its mouth-watering premise... or it's title? Here's what you need to know.

"Steve Jobs" Talks Too Much

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The new biopic "Steve Jobs" is as much about Aaron Sorkin's screenplay as it is about the man behind Apple. Sorkin's "walk and talk" way of delivering cogent dialogue dominates the film from beginning to end and is the best part of the movie and the worst.

Zaki's Review: Steve Jobs

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Like Aaron Sorkin's work on The Social Network before it, Steve Jobs isn't meant to serve as historical document of a man, but rather a meditation on a movement.

Spotlight: The Struggles of Faith, Religion and Abuse

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Bruce Reyes-Chow

While the topic was painful and could have been expressed in a way to manipulate and shock, Spotlight tenderly and honestly showed the ways in which abuse impacts people at every connection point.

Suffragette

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

After the film's abrupt ending, audiences may wonder why Pankhurst or suffrage martyrs such as Emily Wilding Davison were not the subject of this well-intentioned and well-crafted production.

3 Reasons Why You Should See Crimson Peak, 1 Reason Why Not

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Crimson Peak is the latest macabre spectacle from Guillermo del Toro, the prolific producer who returns to writing and directing in the style he's best known -- horror that's as beautiful as it is shocking.

ReThink Review: Room - A World to Create, Protect, and Discover

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Room is one of the year's most surprising and touching movies, which could have never happened without Larson and Tremblay's totally believable performances that turn the story of a horrifying kidnapping into a celebration of the transcendent bonds between parents and their children.

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

3 Reasons Why You Should See Bridge of Spies, 1 Reason Why You Shouldn't

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Steven Spielberg directs. Tom Hanks stars. Joel and Ethan Coen co-write. The list goes on and on, nearly every member of the cast and crew is heavily trophied and an expert in their field. When filmmakers of this caliber collaborate, it's something to behold -- the evidence is in the details.

ReThink Review: Knock Knock -- Eli Roth's Anti-Infidelity PSA

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you were married to a famous filmmaker and that person cheated on you, how would you make that person pay for it? One possibility is that you could force your philandering spouse to write and direct a movie like Knock Knock, an infidelity cautionary tale written and directed by horror prince Eli Roth and starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, and Roth's real-life wife Lorenza Izzo.

Zaki's Review: Pan

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In this age of franchises, trilogies, and shared universes, it's not altogether surprising that we now have Pan, director Joe Wright's prequel depicting an abandoned orphan's inevitable journey to becoming the flightiest kid in Never Land.

Zaki's Review: The Martian

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I first read Andy Weir's bestseller The Martian a little over a year ago. Actually, "inhaled" might be a better word to use. The story, about an astronaut stranded on Mars, his struggle to survive and the struggles on Earth to try and bring him home, is about as gripping a book as I've ever consumed,

The Week in Movies: The Walk, The Martian

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The New York Film Festival is underway and two of the biggest commercial titles of the fall are in its lineup. (They also happen to be opening this week). Neither of these lives up to the hype, though I recognize that will be a distinctly minority opinion.

3 Reasons You Should See The Martian, 1 Reason Why You Shouldn't

Tara McNamara | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Matt Damon stars as an astronaut left for dead on the planet Mars. As it turns out, he is not dead, but by the time he comes to consciousness, his space shuttle, crew, and capability to communicate with NASA are long gone.

The Martian

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Flashback to the films Interstellar and Gravity. This latest voyage into outer space places itself firmly between the two. It's not as sterile as the former and not nearly as entrancing as the latter. The entertainment value is steady, but once the premise is set, the storyline becomes predictable.

Zaki's Review: Sicario

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Emily Blunt leads the cast of famous and familiar faces as Kate Macer, an FBI agent who's recruited by CIA handler Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to assist in their operations just over the Tex-Mex border after increasingly brazen (and horrifying) encroachments Stateside by the cartels.

ReThink Review: Stonewall - Don't Boycott It. Just Skip It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Kim

While I sympathize with those calling for a boycott of Stonewall, I personally don't support a boycott. However, I don't think ANYONE should see Stonewall. Not because of its politics or revisionism, but because Stonewall is a terrible movie. Like really, really terrible.

Black Artists Makes Waves at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.21.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries.

Zaki's Review: Everest

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Fully taking advantage of the immersive IMAX-3D palette, Everest benefits from some of the most breathtaking and dizzying mountain photography I've ever seen, as well as a top-drawer cast.

ReThink Review: Everest -- The Question at the Top of the World

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Everest has a lot going for it, and I'm sure it'll satisfy those looking for a tense, exciting time at the movies. So why did Everest leave me feeling so flat?

Zaki's Review: The Visit

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Unfortunately, The Visit isn't so much a bold reconquest of his home turf as it is a sad marker of just how far those glory days are.

Movie Review: A Walk in the Woods -- Amblin'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

More than 15 years in the making, A Walk in the Woods is an entertaining and enjoyable film, if a formulaic one.  Adapted by Rick Kerb and Bill Hold...

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

For four decades, some determined people sought to change the course of American history.Some ideals, are now part of the fabric of the country, like breakfast programs for inner city kids. Stick with this movie. It has a lot to say, a lot to reveal and is pertinent to today's testy police/civilian race relations.

11 Bridges With Unbelievable Waterfall Views

Architectural Digest | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
Architectural Digest

Waterfalls are among nature's most spectacular sights. Architectural Digest rounds up 11 bridges across the globe that bring us closer to the action, from a footbridge that snakes toward Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, to Victoria Falls Bridge.

The Gift -- A Gift for Fans of 'Real' Movies

David Fagin | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

This low-budget underdog manages to keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense better than any of the previously mentioned blockbusters could ever hope to do.