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Review: X-Men Days of Future Past

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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 07.13.2014 | 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.

Week in Film: Neighbors, Chef and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Neighbors may not be a particularly well-thought-out film (huge third-act problems). But it has some of the biggest sustained laughs of the summer.

Blockbuster vs. Indie Showdown: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' vs. 'Locke'

Tracey Harnish | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Tracey Harnish

Two movies about men who want to be heroes within the world they inhabit. One a cartoon figure holdover from the 50s, the other, real-life flesh and blood.

ReThink Review: 'Farmland' - Meet the Next Generation of Farmers

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

In a country where over 60 percent of farmers are aged 55 or older, Farmland profiles six young farmers, portraying them as hardworking people attempting to navigate an industry fraught with risks, changing technologies and unknowns.

Zaki's Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It feels at times like two separate movies awkwardly scotch-taped together, which has me a bit worried about Sony's big mega-franchise plans. But as far as this entry goes, despite its flaws, I left the theater feeling satisfied. Not amazed, but satisfied.

Week in Film: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, yes, I know -- spidermanspidermanspidermanspiderman. I'll get to it. But my favorite movies of the week, as usual, are the small ones. Let's start with Amma Asante's Belle, a Jane Austen-ish film based on a true story.

Movie Review: Manakamana

Matthew Harrison Tedford | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Matthew Harrison Tedford

Manakamana is composed of several static shots spanning the length of a 400-foot magazine of 16mm film, which is incidentally about the length of the trip to the temple.

ReThink Review: Locke -- On Male Responsibility and Concrete

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Locke is an appropriate name for the film and a character who has admirably chained himself to his decision to be involved in his new son's life.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Week in Film: Transcendence, Fading Gigolo

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are so many potentially interesting elements swirling around Wally Pfister's Transcendence - something old, new, borrowed and blue - that the...

Zaki's Review: Transcendence

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Transcendence looks snazzy, but upon closer examination you realize it's nothing more than a polished simulacrum of other, more accomplished films.

Zaki's Review: Draft Day

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Draft Day is an above-average entry in the field, and a predictably proficient a piece of popcorn entertainment. While some the broad strokes of the story may be fairly easy to call out fairly early on, it packs in enough "what's gonna happen?" suspense to make the eventual third act pay off worth hanging in there for for.

Rio 2 - What Goes on in the Amazon Affects Us All

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.08.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Rio 2 is a wonderful animation with great comedy for the entire family. Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) are back in Rio 2 with their three children.

Best Marvel Flick Yet - Combines Comic-Book Nostalgia With Conspiracy and Adventure

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.02.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, you'll find the latest installment of Captain America to be a great political thriller with a compelling story line.

A Jewish Response to Noah

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Marc Erlbaum

Hollywood, meantime, has started paying very careful attention to what the Christians are saying. Not because the industry has suddenly seen the light, but rather because they've seen the money.