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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...

I Found It at the Movies

Warren Adler | Posted 12.29.2011 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Pauline Kael, who reviewed movies for The New Yorker for many years, was considered by many to be the goddess of film critics. Her comments on movies were both insightful and controversial.

Movie Review: The Rum Diary

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Rum Diary is like a lengthy drinking binge of a movie: It's fun for a while, seems to offer more meaning than it actually does -- and leaves you wishing it hadn't ended so badly.

Movie Review: In Time - The Occupy Wall Street movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.27.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not a great movie, probably not even a very good movie. But Andrew Niccol's In Time is good enough to be proclaimed for what it is: a political f...

Movie Review: Puss in Boots 3D

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Puss in Boots 3D is about what you'd expect -- a two-dimensional comedy shown with technology to make you believe you're seeing something you're not. And one of the things you're not seeing -- or, rather, hearing -- is witty dialogue.

Movie Review: Anonymous

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sprawling, bloody, romantic and witty, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (opening Friday 10/28/11) captures the magic of the theater, even as it folds in th...

Movie Review: Like Crazy

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What kind of young-adult romance-drama wins Sundance? One that keeps you wondering just how happy its ending will prove to be. Happiness, indeed, is ...

Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive Perseveres

Ryland Blackinton | Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment
Ryland Blackinton

I've seen Drive six times, straight up. It was my favorite movie of the year and I recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of everything when they go to the movies.

Movie Review: The Mighty Macs

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As underdog sports movies go, The Mighty Macs has plenty of spirit - but also a slavish devotion to the template of the "last-to-first" sports-film fo...

Movie Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How bad does your life have to get to surrender your being to the demands of a communal cult? How tentative does our grasp on our individual self need to be to give it up to the hive identity, led by one person's desires?

Movie Review: The Green

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Every teacher's nightmare is being accused of violating the trust they've been given: doing something to abuse or harm one of their students. And, in...

67 Year Old Woman From Flushing Movie Review

Max Fox | Posted 12.06.2011 | Comedy
Max Fox

My name is Ruth, I live alone. What's this little old lady's favorite pass time? Watching movies. Only problem is sometimes I black out in the mid...

The Ides of March Review

Michael Jones | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

There is only one adult in the room in The Ides of March: Philip Seymour Hoffman. The rest is sort of an MSNBC/Jersey Shore political cartoon.