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Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 8

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If I were going to generalize about this year's Toronto International Film Festival based on the films I saw Monday, I'd tell you that it's a great year for dramatic films based on true stories.

Top Ten Brad Takei Moments in the To Be Takei Documentary

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

We talk about "Hollywood couples" whose relationship endured and I think the Takeis are among those. It is clear that they have been true partners on everything from caretaking for their mothers during their final years to George's career decisions.

ReThink Review: The One I Love -- A Strained Relationship Gets Strange

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The One I Love is one of those perfect indie gems you feel lucky for finding, and it's yet another example of how an interesting premise, real emotion, and a few great actors will trump big budgets, special effects, and star power every time.

Why I'll Probably Sneak Into 'Boyhood' Again

Eden Friedman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Teen
Eden Friedman

For every flaw I struggled to find while I watched it with wide, wonder-filled eyes, each flaw was clearly justified. The only thing that bothers me is that if there is a sequel it will take at least 12 years before I get to see it.

One Can Dream: Out of Work Actors Reply to EW's Message to Hollywood

David Fagin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment
David Fagin

The movie business - probably more than any other industry - is run by a select group of men and women whose main goal is simply to keep their job another day.

Zaki's Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2014)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

While this picture benefits from motion-captured CGI portrayals of the titular teens that leap, twist, and bound through a digitally-created New York cityscape with unquestionable aplomb, it comes undone.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

A one-star French restaurant distinguishes the village and draws diners from near and far. Madame Mallory (the regal Helen Mirren), a widow, rules the place with every detail of the restaurant and every hair on her head in place. She dreams of achieving a second Michelin star.

Zaki's Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

You can pinpoint the exact moment in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that actor Chris Pratt, best known until now as an affable supporting player in...

ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help".

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.

Sugar, The Movie, And Homeless Youth In America

Leslie Handler | Posted 07.25.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Handler

It's a beautiful film with a superb acting ensemble of both professional actors and actual homeless people.

The Best of Summer 2014: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Uloop | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Uloop

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an incredible thriller like no other. It's much smaller in scale than its predecessor, but that only allows for it to tell a more intimate story. The political and family drama is intensely engaging and the action-packed climax is the most fun half hour you'll spend at the movies this summer.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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.