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ReThink Review: Pina -- Maybe the Best 3D Movie So Far (And It's a Documentary)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I've seen the first spectacular 3D film that absolutely must be seen in 3D. And most amazingly, this film is a documentary about a German choreographer whom I'd never heard of. That film is Pina.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Is No Easy Watch

Chris Krapek | Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago
Chris Krapek

Absorbing and fully understanding this movie is work. You must give your full and undivided attention to process every minute detail -- it could be a clue! Better think twice before that large popcorn and soda.

Movie Review: Joyful Noise

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Joyful Noise is a movie with big, rousing soul-gospel songs that take your mind off how mediocre -- or worse -- the rest of the movie is.

Top Ten Movies of 2011

Farihah Zaman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

2011 was the rare and beautiful year that was so packed with surprising and innovative films, it was seriously difficult to boil it down to just ten.

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast 3D

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While I'm happy that kids will get the chance to see this wonderful film on a big screen, it comes from this crassly commercial ploy: the 3D conversion.

The Artist, the Pinnacle of the Movie Maker's Art

Warren Adler | Posted 03.11.2012 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Something stunningly clever is at work in the minds of the French filmmakers who have created this exquisite original.

The 5 Best Indie Films Of THe Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin Traditionally, January releases are nothing to shout about, since most moviegoers are still busy catching up with the Big Guns of ...

Who Wrote the Meanest Review of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'?

Posted 01.05.2012 | Home

"Feel free to write what you want, as I don't especially care," 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' producer Scott Rudin wrote in an email to New Yo...

A Smorgasbord of Kinky Sex

Warren Adler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Having read all three of Stieg Larsson's novel trilogy featuring his super heroine Lisbeth Salander, and having seen all three of the Swedish movies adapted from those books as well as the American version, I have arrived at one conclusion: the Swedes win.

Movie Review: Pariah

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year has produced two films that explore minority attitudes toward sexuality: Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road, and now Dee Rees' Pariah, which explores the life of one young black woman whose parents are in deep denial about the fact that she's a lesbian.

Movie Review: A Separation

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Family dynamics make for potent drama -- and few films this year have used that idea to better effect than Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, which made my 10-best list for 2011.

Movie Review: War Horse

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the popular children's book that inspired the Tony-winning Broadway production, War Horse is exactly what it advertises itself to be: a schmaltzy tale of a boy and his horse, set against the backdrop of British poverty and World War I.

Which Movie Should You See Today?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Entertainment

Whether you've been unwrapping gifts from beneath the tree or just enjoying a normal mid-winter Sunday morning, you're probably thinking about the nex...

Movie Review: We Bought a Zoo

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We Bought a Zoo is one of what is becoming a crowded seasonal field of movies with something to appeal to each of several generations.

Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

MI: Ghost Protocol is fun in the right places, funny in the right places, and the skillful dispatching of returned and recruited personnel, onscreen and off, points the way to several more entries in this series before it ever need worry about self-destructing.

Movie review: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You would think that, after World War II, Europe had seen all of the genocide it could stomach for a century or so. But, no, here came the Serbs in th...

Movie review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I keep want to referring to Stephen Daldry's film of Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close as, instead, ..& Incredibly Cute. That...

Zaki's Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn't go nearly as deep as I would have liked, but is a mostly-diverting concoction that, thankfully isn't as broad as it could very well have ended up.

Movie review: The Adventures of Tintin

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Herge's Tintin comics have been huge in France since they were first published in 1929, but have never quite translated to American popularity. In the...

Angelina Jolie's Ambitious In The Land Of Blood And Honey Is The Very Definition Of A Noble Failure

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Despite the film's fine intentions and adult treatment of adult subject matter, In the Land of Blood and Honey doesn't quite work as a compelling piece of drama.

Movie review: Albert Nobbs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best movies find ways to be something larger than the one-line description that winds up in TV Guide or other brevity-obsessed outlets. And so it...

Stocking Stuffers: The Best Movies About Miscarriages of Justice

David Protess | Posted 02.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Hollywood relishes tales of villains, victims and heroes, so it is not surprising that movies about miscarriages of justice have long been a staple of the film industry.

Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Unnecessary

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Fincher's film better than Oplev's? Not really. It's different; it's probably as good as the Swedish version. But better? Nope, sorry.

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Where the other Mission: Impossible films were calculated to appeal to the kid in adults, this film seems aimed right at kids, period.

Movie review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What can you say about Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows that wasn't said previously about Ritchie's Baker Street reboot from 2009, She...