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ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was thrilled to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest chapter of a true rarity -- a big-budget summer franchise imbued not only with cutting-edge visual effects, but with a tremendous amount of soul and thought. But unfortunately, there were so many missed opportunities in Dawn that I left feeling disappointed.

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

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

As director Matt Reeves has said on several occasions, Dawn depicts the moment when it could have been "Planet of the Humans & Apes" but for the unwillingness of individuals on either side to bend.

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The premise for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that neither species is perfect but maybe, though not probably, there is common ground. Endowing apes with human qualities, frailties and emotions is still an amazing spectacle 46 years after the original film.

Deliver Us From Evil

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

At first, you might think that this creepy crime movie is just another The Exorcist rip-off -- but it's better than that. Better.

ReThink Review: 'Life Itself' -- On Roger Ebert And Why I Review Movies

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm not a movie expert or someone trying to be what I think a critic is supposed to be, but simply a guy who loves movies and loves writing about them.

Noisy Neighbors

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

The messages that films evoke say a great deal about the current state of our society. In recent years summer films have highlighted fantasy and rive...

GHOST the Musical

Philip David Morton | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Philip David Morton

The magic of GHOST, both the film and musical production, is the chilling sensation you get watching the hero fight for the woman he loves from beyond the grave. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Is Exactly What You Think It Is

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Lelia Nebeker

The only thing Transformers movies do better than CGI robot fights and mass destruction of major cities is seamless product placement.

Zaki's Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Age of Extinction is still a Michael Bay Transformers movie, with everything that implies. Nonetheless, it manages to navigate the perimeter of that specific box with a good deal more aplomb than I'd have expected after my nerve-deadening, sleep-inducing experience with the previous two films.

22 Jump Street: A Sequel Done Right

Uloop | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
Uloop

We've all seen it happen: A popular film feels pressured to produce a sequel. This pressure to produce a script results in inevitable failure. I mean, who hasn't said, at one point or another, that sequels are never as good? That being said, 22 Jump Street has broken the mold.

Week in Film: Begin Again, Whitey and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Begin Again comes from writer-director John Carney, who burst forth with Once a few years ago. This film, which stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo (among others), captures the same blend of wistful emotions and life-affirming musical energy as that 2006 hit.

Zaki's Review: 22 Jump Street

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The filmmakers are obviously acutely aware of what a minefield it can be when attempting to sequelize a successful comedy (helpfully lampshaded via a very funny prologue with the returning Nick Offerman), so they seem intent on playing with those tropes.

How 'The Fault In Our Stars' Made Me Closer To My Friends

Madonna Matta | Posted 06.11.2014 | Teen
Madonna Matta

I see this movie as a modern classic. And by that I mean, by 2034, this will be the movie that teenagers will call a classic must-see.

Zaki's Review: Maleficent

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

If nothing else, Maleficent serves as a perfect example of why Jolie is one of the most in-demand actors on the planet. Through the sheer power of her personality (with, of course, an able assist from Rick Baker's remarkable prosthetics), she's able to create a character who has equal parts bombast and fragility.

Review: X-Men Days of Future Past

Philip David Morton | Posted 06.02.2014 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

The hardest thing to do as a film reviewer is to be a little kid. To drop your grown-up expectations, disappointments of past bad movie experiences, ...

ReThink Reviews: Night Moves -- Can You Go Too Far to Protect the Earth?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Night Moves definitely works as a tense, lo-fi psychological thriller. But the environmental dimension is what gives Night Moves its interesting moral dimension, as well as informing the unique world where the film takes place.

MacFarlane Slams His Own Movie

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment

Seth MacFarlane just figured out a million ways to pan his own movie. MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" comes out Friday, May 30, bu...

Zaki's Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.23.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Days of Future Past is ceaselessly engaging, surprisingly emotional, and refreshingly smart. More than that, it makes many (though not all) of the disparate bits of the big screen X-Men franchise fit together as if they were conceived with this end in mind from the beginning.

NYT Critic: Adam Sandler's New Movie Will 'Make Your Children Stupid'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.23.2014 | Entertainment

To say that A.O. Scott was merely unimpressed by Adam Sandler's new comedy "Blended" would be an understatement. In a scathing review of the rom-c...

Zaki's Review: Godzilla (2014)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

To its credit, the film does its level best to fix some of the Sony version's most egregious flaws. For one, there's no try at reinventing the wheel with how this most iconic of movie monsters looks. This is unmistakably the same Godzilla that several generations of viewers have come of age with over the past 60 (!!) years.

Must-see Movie: Cyber-Seniors

The GypsyNesters | Posted 05.15.2014 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

Walking into the theater at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival, I expected Cyber-Seniors to be a dry, informative info-nugget on how the Internet could enhance the lives of the older set. I couldn't have been more wrong.

New 'Godzilla' Reboot Is A Chilling Ode To Monster's Legacy

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment

No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only ot...

Like All Good Baseball Movies, 'Million Dollar Arm' Is Corny But Fun

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment

Let's face it, there's something about a baseball movie that just invites corniness. The hardest hearts soften at the mere sound of a cracking bat. I...

Why Godzilla Sucks

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are lots of movies that make Gareth Edwards' new Godzilla look like a masterpiece. That, however, is not the same as saying that this movie is actually worth seeing or, more crucially, worth making in the first place.

Week in Film: Million Dollar Arm, A Short History of Decay and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While not perfect, it is more than just a feel-good sports movie about overcoming obstacles (though it is, in fact, that). Million Dollar Arm is less a movie about sports (in this case, baseball) than a film about one man's transformation from sports agent to human being.