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The Facts and Fiction of On-Screen Medicine

Priya Malhotra | Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

Although Contagion generated feelings of hypochondria, I found the movie's medical validity very satisfying. And when I say "satisfying," I mean I squealed with delight every time I heard a Microbiology 1650 buzzword.

Movie Review: Killer Elite

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Killer Elite is a serviceable action-thriller that eventually runs out of ideas. What starts as a complex tale with strong action set-pieces eventually dwindles to formula, unable to keep as many balls in the air as it promises.

Movie Review: Weekend

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A cousin of films such as Before Sunrise and Brief Encounter, Weekend tells the story of what seems to be a one-night stand, which turns into something more.

Movie Review: Moneyball

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Michael Lewis' book, Moneyball, was a sports thriller disguised as a nonfiction volume about statistics wonks. And Bennett Miller's film of Thomas' bo...

Movie Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

His recent airplane exploits aside, Gerard Depardieu remains one of the great actors of French film. And the fabulous brute adds further to his legacy with the comic, touching My Afternoons with Margueritte.

Movie Review: Drive

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

One of the most buzzed-about movies out of the Cannes Film Festival last spring, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive is a strange mix of outrageous action an...

Movie Review: Straw Dogs

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs is a solid, tense drama that packs a wallop and tells its story on Lurie's own terms. It's less a remake than a new version of the story, filtered through Lurie's vision.

Movie Review: Main Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not hard to see how a movie like Main Street got made, at least in theory. Why it's being released is another question altogether.

Saving the Block From Monsters Near and Far

Isabelle Pierre | Posted 11.08.2011 | Black Voices
Isabelle Pierre

Watching Attack the Block is like watching the kids from the fourth season of The Wire defend their drug ridden streets from an aggressive alien invasion. It's energy is superb.

Movie Review: Contagion

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The first hour of Steven Soderbergh's Contagion is so tense that you can almost forgive the second half for getting bogged down.

Review: Warrior

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Warrior is like Rocky squared -- an underdog story with two underdogs who, just to up the emotional stakes, happen to be brothers who have to fight each other.

Review: Warrior

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.03.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Warrior is, above all, an emotionally engaging and uncommonly thoughtful family drama. It rises above most in its genre by refusing to pit 'good' against 'evil' and by refusing to pander to our lowest emotional denominator.

Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are laughs to be had in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, though they're inconsistent and haphazard. The whole movie has that sloppy feel, as though it were assembled from leftover parts of other, better comedies.

HuffPost Review: Love Crime

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As you watch Alain Corneau's Love Crime, take a minute to try to decide who has the iciest, deadliest pair of eyes -- Kristin Scott Thomas or Ludivine Sagnier.

HuffPost Review: The Debt

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Set in two different eras, with two different trios playing the same characters, The Debt is gripping and gritty, a thriller that breeds genuine excitement in both of the time periods in which it is set.

HuffPost Review: Our Idiot Brother

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother is a summer-ending treat, a low-key comedy with sharp performances and a shaggy-dog feel.

HuffPost Review: Chasing Madoff

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chasing Madoff is a searing indictment of the fast-and-loose free-market attitude that nearly sank the world economy. I can't imagine how painful it would be to watch it, were I someone who had lost a fortune to Madoff's malfeasance.

ReThink Review: One Day -- A Revenge Fantasy for Women Who Love Jerks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

One Day isn't so much a romance movie as it is an emotional revenge fantasy for women who've had the misfortune of falling for jerks.

HuffPost Review: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a 1973 TV movie of the same name, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a horror movie that rarely insults your intelligence. Indeed, it seduces you into thinking you can outsmart the film -- and then zaps you when you least expect it. Now that's fun.

HuffPost Review: Amigo

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amigo is a companion piece to John Sayles' new novel, A Moment in the Sun - or perhaps it's the other way around. While it's easy to admire Sayles' a...

HuffPost Review: Flypaper

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's no surprise that Flypaper is receiving a bare-bones release. The real question is: How does a movie as weak as Flypaper get made? Who read this script and said, "I have to make this movie"?

HuffPost Review: One Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

One key to the successful romantic film story: You've got to understand what these people see in each other and root for them to get together. Which, unfortunately, is not the case with One Day

Movie Review: Conan the Barbarian

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are plenty of battles in the new version of Conan the Barbarian, but the two key matchups -- pitting this film against the 1982 version -- wind up as a draw. Sort of.

HuffPost Review: Griff the Invisible

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The less said about Griff the Invisible, the better. This wan, fey little Australian film stretches the notion of quirkiness far past the snapping point -- though the film itself has very little in the way of snap.

Summer of the Hominids

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 10.12.2011 | Entertainment
Wallace J Nichols

Do whatever you have to do to see the following two films in immediate sequence, back-to-back, double feature style: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Project Nim. My memories of the two films have blurred into one four hour ape-a-thon retro chimp-epic.