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ReThink Review: The Artist -- Who Needs 3D... or Sound?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Nostalgia can't be the only reason why The Artist is receiving such critical praise. And be sure -- The Artist is a charming, beautifully shot, often funny novelty that audiences of all ages would do well to take a chance on.

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Is Smart, Suspenseful, Engaging, Terrific

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

From the somewhat hazy cinematography to the John Barry-ish score to the overtly cold and clinical nature of the narrative, this is a film that (appropriately) wants to take us back to what many consider to the peak of mainstream adult filmmaking.

Leonard Maltin's Top Five Indie Film Recommendations

Leonard Maltin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

It takes the better part of a year to survive the continuous stream of mediocre movies (and worse) so we can finally get to "the good stuff." Now that we have a bounty of first-rate movies to choose from, we have to insulate ourselves from the awards-season hype that touts good films as great and fine performances as brilliant. Seasoned moviegoers—and critics—have their work cut out for them.

Movie review: Sleeping Beauty

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Perhaps I'm not qualified to write about Sleeping Beauty, the debut film from Australian director Julia Leigh. I am, after all, a middle-aged man. An...

Movie Review: Coriolanus

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.30.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Never a popular part of the Shakespeare canon, Coriolanus bears a peculiar timeliness, in the muscular directorial debut by Ralph Fiennes.

Movie review: Outrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it's no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations. A good part of th...

Movie review: Shame

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that the dim-witted and near-sighted MPAA has slapped an NC-17 rating on Steve McQueen's Shame implies that there is something prurient about...

Martin Scorsese's Hugo: A Delight for Kids and Grownups Alike

Monica Edinger | Posted 01.25.2012 | Home
Monica Edinger

I was skeptical when I first heard that Martin Scorcese was taking on Brian Selznick's award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Its original mix of text and illustration had me all the more dubious; how on earth would that unique reading experience translate to film?

Movie review: A Dangerous Method

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is about the talking cure - specifically, the kind of talk therapy pioneered by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung at t...

Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Or, How Even Marital Sex Is a Punishable Offence

Farihah Zaman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

Stephanie Meyers claims that the Twilight series is not a pretext for some Mormon parable, but Breaking Dawn continues her terrifying march against female sexuality.

Movie review: The Artist

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Artist may be the year's most brightly imaginative and purely enjoyable film. It may also be the toughest sell. How many people, after all, will ...

Movie Review: The Muppets

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been 20 years since the death of Jim Henson. And Frank Oz has retired as the voice of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. But the Muppets live on in The Muppets movie, as funny, outlandish and sweet as ever.

Movie review: Rampart

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having teamed up for the emotionally demanding The Messenger, filmmaker Oren Moverman and actor Woody Harrelson join forces again for Rampart, a seari...

Serial Killer Film Makes Critics Uncomfortable

The Periscope Post | Posted 11.18.2011 | Crime

Snowtown, directed by Justin Kurzel, is the director's debut film. It's about the most notorious serial killer in Australia, John Bunting (Daniel Hens...

Movie Review: The Descendants -- The Year's Best Film

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll say it flat out -- Alexander Payne's new film, The Descendants, is my favorite of the year, a movie that manages to be heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time.

Review: Happy Feet Two

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I can't imagine that Happy Feet Two will charm any but the youngest viewers. It has less plot than an hour of Sesame Street, fewer jokes than a Republican presidential debate -- and astonishing computer animation, this time in wholly unnecessary 3D.

The Turin Horse (A Torinói Ló)

Erin Barnes | Posted 01.09.2012 | Denver
Erin Barnes

The Turin Horse is like a caricature of the "film festival film": Beautifully-made. Desolate. Hungarian. Nihilistic. Obscurely tied to Nietzsche. Over two hours long. Windy.

Movie Review: J. Edgar

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Let's see: Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar," which opens in limited release Wednesday (11/9/11) before going wider on Friday, features a fully committed per...

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

Finally, there are worthwhile films playing on theater screens, including some mainstream fare that's bidding for Oscar attention. In addition to t...

Movie Review: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Every time it feels as though the law of diminishing returns is about to catch up with this movie, the writers pull another wild bit out of their bag of tricks. Some of them work; some of them don't.

Movie Review: The Double

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to get a movie made - it's even harder to get it distributed. So it means something when a film starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Mar...

Movie Review: 13

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sam Riley shows up in 13, a remake of a French film from six years ago, and, unfortunately, his character's survival is the death of the movie's chances of holding your interest.

ReThink Review: Margin Call -- 'Twas the Night Before the Meltdown...

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film Margin Call takes us inside a lightly fictionalized stand-in for Lehman Brothers called HMS, where a young risk analyst discovers the math that proves HMS' imminent demise.

Movie Review: Janie Jones

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The name of the title character of Janie Jones is meant to resonate with a certain generation: "Oh, like the Clash song," someone says early on in the...

Movie Review: The Last Rites of Joe May

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare film that offers a long-time character actor the opportunity to take center stage - to play a full-bodied lead role that allows him to u...