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Movie Review: Incendiary: The Willingham Case

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the zeitgeist about the death penalty and the execution of innocent people from the Troy Davis Case -- and the presidential campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- the timing couldn't be better for the release of the documentary, Incendiary: The Willingham Case.

Movie Review: Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 12.06.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The Human Centipede II is barely a film. It is technically a 85-minute motion picture that promises to offend and shock on an here-fore-unheard of level, a promise that guarantees disappointment by virtue of its very offering.

The Ides of March: Moral Compromise Has Never Been Sexier

John Lopez | Posted 12.06.2011 | Los Angeles
John Lopez

If great art holds a mirror up to society, The Ides of March holds that mirror up to politics and tilts it back at a flattering 15-degree angle: everyone looks thinner, and you can barely see the hairlines receding.

Review: The Ides of March

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you're too high-minded to get down in the mud with your opponent -- but your opponent can grab victory by playing dirty -- who's the winner?

ReThink Review: 50/50 -- Seth Rogen Grows Up (Sort of) for Cancer Comedy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film 50/50 is about a man facing cancer, but this is not your standard terminal illness/embrace life tearjerker.

Movie Review: Blackthorn

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The cowboy - rugged, stoic and resourceful - will always be a cinematic archetype, though the western has all but disappeared as a commercially popula...

Movie Review: Take Shelter

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Moody and portentous, Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter stars the actor who may be our most readily accessible force of darkness at this point in cinematic history: Michael Shannon.

Review: 50/50

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

50/50 no doubt will be dismissed by critics who distrust movies that deal with feelings, rather than ideas. But it proves that it's possible to be emotional and thoughtful -- and funny -- at the same time.

Movie Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to pigeonhole a director like Marc Forster, who has directed films as varied as Monster's Ball, Quantum of Solace, Stranger than Fiction and...

Movie Review: Puncture

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Puncture is an intensely earnest little film, one that deals with a serious issue while trying to tell an equally compelling personal story. Unfortunately, it fades from memory almost before it's left the screen.

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.