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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.

ReThink Review: Nymph()maniac vol. I and II -- When Sex Gets Unsexy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Mark Burnett's Jesus movie Son of God clocks in at two hours and 18 minutes. But director Lars Von Trier knows that if you want to tell a story about someone important, like a nymphomaniac, you're going to need more time, which is why his Nymph()maniac is made up of two films with a combined running time of four hours.

Zaki's Review: Noah

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

One thing you can't say about Noah, the big budget reimagining of the biblical flood fable (starring Russell Crowe as the titular boat builder) is that it lacks in ambition.

Week in Film: Captain America 2, Dom Hemingway and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Maybe it's because the studio movies at this time of year are so universally dreadful, but I find myself drawn to the smaller films that bite and snarl and generally have bad manners: Bad Words, The Raid 2 and, this week, Dom Hemingway.

Review: Greencard Warriors

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I recently saw an important new film at the Crosby Hotel presented by the Dutch Consulate. As always, the Dutch support their filmmakers with the h...

Week in Film: The Raid 2, Noah and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Darren Aronofsky is one of the most visionary directors of his generation, a filmmaker who isn't afraid to challenge an audience or to entertain it. I may not always like his films but they always give me a lot to think about.

Most Moviegoers Still Depend On Reviews When Selecting Films

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Social media has made inroads into shaping moviegoers' choices at the multiplex, but a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority ...

ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe there's enough dystopian teen book/movie money to go around, but not for a movie as nonsensical, poorly written, and dull as Divergent, which clocks in at a punishing, baffling 140 minutes.

Zaki's Review: Muppets Most Wanted

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

We're happy to tag along as we watch these beloved characters go through their prescribed, low-tech paces, tossing off groan-inducing puns and one-liners while still making time for the occasional celebrity cameo (there's a bunch!) and/or musical number (there's a few too many!).

The Week in Movies: Divergent, Muppets Most Wanted and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So is Divergent the new Hunger Games? Or Twilight? Or even Harry Potter?

A Mother's Prayer Answered

Tenille Livingston | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tenille Livingston

Tyler Perry, who has inspired audiences near and far since his debut in 1992, but even with all of his success he still remains humble and passionate about his work while continuing to wow his critics and turn heads in Hollywood.

Two Thumbs Up For Le Week-End

Judi Freedman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

If you are a Type-A boomer girl like me you will enjoy and identify with Meg, who at sixty-something, is fun, free-spirited and quite impulsive. She also looks amazing in her Parisian black lace dress.