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Movie Review: The Last Rites of Joe May

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare film that offers a long-time character actor the opportunity to take center stage - to play a full-bodied lead role that allows him to u...

I Found It at the Movies

Warren Adler | Posted 12.29.2011 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Pauline Kael, who reviewed movies for The New Yorker for many years, was considered by many to be the goddess of film critics. Her comments on movies were both insightful and controversial.

Movie Review: The Rum Diary

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Rum Diary is like a lengthy drinking binge of a movie: It's fun for a while, seems to offer more meaning than it actually does -- and leaves you wishing it hadn't ended so badly.

Movie Review: In Time - The Occupy Wall Street movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.27.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not a great movie, probably not even a very good movie. But Andrew Niccol's In Time is good enough to be proclaimed for what it is: a political f...

Movie Review: Puss in Boots 3D

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Puss in Boots 3D is about what you'd expect -- a two-dimensional comedy shown with technology to make you believe you're seeing something you're not. And one of the things you're not seeing -- or, rather, hearing -- is witty dialogue.

Movie Review: Anonymous

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sprawling, bloody, romantic and witty, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (opening Friday 10/28/11) captures the magic of the theater, even as it folds in th...

Movie Review: Like Crazy

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What kind of young-adult romance-drama wins Sundance? One that keeps you wondering just how happy its ending will prove to be. Happiness, indeed, is ...

Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive Perseveres

Ryland Blackinton | Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment
Ryland Blackinton

I've seen Drive six times, straight up. It was my favorite movie of the year and I recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of everything when they go to the movies.

Movie Review: The Mighty Macs

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As underdog sports movies go, The Mighty Macs has plenty of spirit - but also a slavish devotion to the template of the "last-to-first" sports-film fo...

Movie Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How bad does your life have to get to surrender your being to the demands of a communal cult? How tentative does our grasp on our individual self need to be to give it up to the hive identity, led by one person's desires?

Movie Review: The Green

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Every teacher's nightmare is being accused of violating the trust they've been given: doing something to abuse or harm one of their students. And, in...

67 Year Old Woman From Flushing Movie Review

Max Fox | Posted 12.06.2011 | Comedy
Max Fox

My name is Ruth, I live alone. What's this little old lady's favorite pass time? Watching movies. Only problem is sometimes I black out in the mid...

The Ides of March Review

Michael Jones | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

There is only one adult in the room in The Ides of March: Philip Seymour Hoffman. The rest is sort of an MSNBC/Jersey Shore political cartoon.

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.