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Film Review

The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Starr

I thought, "Oh yet another prisoner of war film." In its stripped down raw simplicity that's true. But this film will transport you to the hellish inner sanctum of torture experiences like none other -- with an amazing surprise ending.

This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 04.04.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

How Do Actors Act?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

How do (good) actors get us, the audience, to suspend belief -- even recognition -- of the person behind the actor's mask so we can enter the different reality they have created?

August: Osage County. Why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Are Like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Tony Potts | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

Don't get me wrong. It's funny here and there. Funny as in this situation is so absurd/awkward it's funny. Funny as in biting humor with razor sharp teeth laced with tabasco sauce. And I love tabasco sauce.

A Rabbinic Take on Gravity

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Gravity reminds us of the uncertainty and danger inherent in living, but it also reminds us that crisis can be the catalyst of new understandings about ourselves and the world around us.

How 'Last Vegas' Convinced Me There's Life After 70

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I have been looking forward to seeing Last Vegas since I saw the trailer for it as a coming attraction.

Mickey, Machete and Juliet

Jon Eig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I haven't seen Captain Phillips yet. Obviously, it's the best new movie of the week. Its 8 on IMDb dwarfs the three new movies I did see, which average a 5.5. All in all, a rather dreary week.

LA Elba... Banishment

Peter Mehlman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.

Is Thanks for Sharing an Honest Look Inside Sex Addiction Recovery?

Robert Weiss | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Robert Weiss

The new film Thanks for Sharing, along with Shame and hopefully Don Jon, which releases Sept. 27, are a great leap forward in our public understanding of the very real problem of sexual addiction.

Wadjda: A Girl Who Changes the World on Her Bicycle

Dr Eylem Atakav | Posted 10.23.2013 | Entertainment
Dr Eylem Atakav

The first ever feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, where there are no cinemas and public spaces are segregated according to gender, is written and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour.

Film Review: Ain't Them Bodies Beautiful and Hollow

Brian Formo | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

Ain't Them Bodies Saints is meticulously constructed. With deft camerawork and a pure attention to 70s small town details, there is a fantastic, technically sound structure that director David Lowery has built.

Hannah Arendt: More Relevant Than Ever

Rick Ayers | Posted 10.02.2013 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

We can just say from the beginning that Margarethe von Trotta's new film Hannah Arendt isn't for everyone. It's a film of ideas, of philosophical debates, something not so easy to put on the screen.

Terms and Conditions May Apply Documentary: A Must See Horror Film

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Cullen Hoback's film takes us down a rabbit hole to try and answer the question: Is privacy dead? In the process, he exposes us to a massive civil liberties nightmare.

The Bling Ring: A Home Invasion Horror-Comedy

Brian Formo | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

It'll be interesting to see how Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, is viewed in a decade. The true events of the film -- a group of teens easily trespassing and stealing from celebrities that took place over a ten-month period in 2009 to 2010 -- already feels a little dated.

Love, Sex & Missed Connections (Film Review)

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Is 2013 The Year of the Kickstarted Movie? True, movies both short and long have been funded in whole or in part by the Kickstarter website before this year.

To the Wonder Is to Wonder About Terrence Malick

Brian Formo | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

"Where other movies have fans, Malick's produce disciples." I am in the beyond a fan camp; his films have affected me in ways that other films never really have, in awe, in sorrow and in longing. I am in Malick's pulpit until the end.

See Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, a Documentary About Wounded Veterans Doing Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.

Profs Break Down 'Looper'

Posted 02.11.2013 | College

Professors Kevin Taylor Anderson and Salman Hameed of "Film Autopsy" try to figure out the time-travel, sci-fi film "Looper," starring Joseph Gordon-L...

Chasing Ice, Go See the Movie!

Stacy Bare | Posted 01.06.2013 | Entertainment
Stacy Bare

In a new film, Chasing Ice, which was an official selection at Sundance last year, now makes its public debut on November 9th in New York City, James Balog's quest to document the physical imagery of climate change is brought to life.

Why I Think How to Survive a Plague Is Going to be Huge

Mark Allen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

If anything comes out of How to Survive a Plague, I hope it's inspiration to younger generations. I'm sure the film will be popular enough. I urge everyone to see it.

Beasts of the Southern Wild: A Review

Vanessa Ciccone | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Vanessa Ciccone

A raw look at reality collides with a touch of fantasy in Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar's Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Review: Little Birds Never Soars High

Zach Udko | Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment
Zach Udko

Set in California's forgotten Salton Sea, writer-director Elgin James' debut follows 15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) as they attempt to flee their impoverished community and build a nest in Los Angeles with a group of runaway squatters.

Prometheus Bound and Gagged

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Howard Fineman

The Prometheus of Greek myth was the titan who stole fire -- and a love of science and the intellect -- from the gods of Olympus. If Ol' Pro' saw this eponymous film, he might keep the fire but give the rest back.

Cannes 2012: Michael Haneke's 'Love' Sweeps Audience Away

Karin Badt | Posted 07.22.2012 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The film -- as the title suggests -- is a testimony to love. It is one of my favorite films at the festival -- and clearly a great hit with the public.

Movie Review: The Lucky One

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm sure there are those who will be shocked that I not only enjoyed a lot of The Lucky One, but that I think Zac Efron's performance is a break-out moment -- the announcement that a teen dream has made the transition to adult dramatic actor.