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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.

HuffPost Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been a summer full of comedies that succumb to the law of diminishing returns, from The Hangover Part 2 through The Change-Up. Now comes 30 Minu...

HuffPost Review: The Help

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.

WATCH: A Roundtable On 'The Help' And Race

Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices

Kathryn Stockett's novel, "The Help," about the lives of several black domestics in Mississippi and the white children they cared for, was snapped up ...

The Guard

Michael Jones | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

If I could figure out how to mass tweet the world's population I would tweet: go see The Guard.

Zaki's Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

At its core, the Apes series has always been about self-inflicted wounds -- the idea that man's unquenchable hubris inevitably leads to catastrophic consequences both for himself and those around him.

HuffPost Review: Senna

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not worth a spoiler alert to point out that racecar driver Ayrton Senna dies at the end of Senna, Asif Kapadia's routine sports documentary from ESPN Films, and which receives a theatrical release this week.

Review of The Victim

Monah Li | Posted 10.07.2011 | Entertainment
Monah Li

I just had the opportunity and immense pleasure to see this independently produced movie. I have never written a movie review, but this movie touched ...

HuffPost Review: The Whistleblower

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Whistleblower is dark, grim and harrowing. It tells the tale of Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a Nebraska cop looking to make some big dough so she can afford to follow her children.

HuffPost Review: Gun Hill Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gun Hill Road is part of a deluge of late-summer independent releases that may wash through or past your multiplex, but it's one whose title you should remember.

5 Must-See Indie Films

Leonard Maltin | Posted 10.04.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin As we come to the last month of summer movie season, discerning filmgoers can still find satisfying alternatives to blockbusters-o...

ReThink Review: The Devil's Double -- An Astonishing Performance

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dominic Cooper's stunning dual performance as Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein is unlike anything I've ever seen before, playing both kidnapper and captive, owner and slave, criminal and witness, with two utterly distinct, mesmerizing performances.

HuffPost Review: Magic Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a Deadhead or a Ken Kesey-phile to find the fun and the wistfulness in Magic Trip, Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's reconstruction of the famous cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.

HuffPost Review: The Guard

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Brutal -- and brutally funny -- The Guard joins a growing list of darkly witty contemporary Irish gangster movies. It's as amusing as it is occasionally shocking.

Zaki's Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Captain America unreels with machine-like efficiency from end-to-end. It's loaded with enough action and emotion to lure in audiences not steeped in comic book minutia, but also peppered with tie-ins and callbacks.

HuffPost Review: Point Blank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It will take someone with a fresh eye to come up with a movie as wonderfully wired and propulsive as Cavaye's Point Blank.

Cowboys and Aliens

Michael Jones | Posted 10.01.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

Cowboys and Aliens is a mess on so many levels: improbable casting, ridiculous wardrobe choices, plot (see below), rampant kumbaya-ism, lame homages, and a screenplay only a screenwriter's mother could like.

WATCH: Blind Film Critic Reviews 'Crazy, Stupid Love'

Posted 09.30.2011 | Comedy

Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic, has uploaded his review of "Crazy, Stupid Love" -- the comedy starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore...

Crazy, Stupid, Love -- More Important Than the Title Might Suggest

Roger Wolfson | Posted 09.29.2011 | Entertainment
Roger Wolfson

Spending almost two hours in the dark with Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone is really so much fun that you're to be forgiven if you don't realize, by the time you walk out, that you've just seen a very important film.