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HuffPost Review: The Art of Getting By

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This slight coming-of-age tale works better than it has any right to, thanks to the performances by the young actors and several of the supporting cast.

X-Men: First Class: Reviewing Magneto and the Super Jews

Omer Rosen | Posted 08.15.2011 | Arts
Omer Rosen

Strong, athletic, violent, handsome -- something separate from the bookish, weak, nerdish, neurotic construct that shaped me -- they are Super Jews.

ONN: 'Green Lantern' Definitely A Thing

Posted 08.15.2011 | Comedy

Hey, remember Green Lantern? Yeah? Well, good news: there's a Green Lantern movie coming out that you definitely want to see. In fact, it's going to ...

HuffPost Review: Kidnapped

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's dramatic movie violence -- and then there's sadistic, nihilistic movie violence. If you've got a taste for the latter, Kidnapped should be right up your alley.

HuffPost Review: Buck

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Buck is as engrossing as a documentary can be, a film that will touch you emotionally even as you watch the action in fascination.

HuffPost Review: Page One -- Inside the New York Times

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The documentary, opening in limited release this Friday, uses what has become America's most important print media outlet to tell the story of the collapse of print media in the Internet age.

Zaki's Review: Super 8

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.12.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

This isn't a bad movie by any stretch -- far from it, in fact -- but it lacks the willingness (or perhaps simply the desire) to truly transcend its genre trappings and say something new.

HuffPost Review: The Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The pleasures of The Trip are subtle and absurd. The humor is found in the moment by a pair of witty performers who cast a gimlet eye on everything they encounter -- including each other.

Weekend Box Office: X-Men First Class Pulls a Batman Begins, Grosses $56 Million, Bridesmaids and Kung Fu Panda 2 Cross $100m, Fast Five Crosses $200m

Scott Mendelson | Posted 08.05.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

X-Men was used to being near the top of the box office charts, but now has to rebuild from the ground up, emphasizing quality and character over big-budget spectacle.

Zaki's Review: X-Men: First Class

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.05.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Two summers ago, I was ready to proclaim Fox's X-Men movies "done, done, done." I've never been more happy to be proven wrong.

HuffPost Review: Beginners

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.02.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Christopher Plummer's performance is exactly the kind that wins Oscars for actors who have reached Plummer's age, with a strong body of work and a dearth of Academy Awards on their shelves.

HuffPost Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kung Fu Panda 2 is one of those cartoons for kids that doesn't transcend its audience and play to adults as well. Indeed, even the packed house of youngsters with whom I saw the film barely seemed to laugh.

Movie Review: The Hangover Part II

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not surprising that they would make The Hangover Part II. Nor is it a shock that this second bite of the apple doesn't go down as easily as the first.

Dude Who Just Got Laid Reviews Bridesmaids

Pablo Andreu | Posted 07.24.2011 | Comedy
Pablo Andreu

Last night, I went to the AMC Multiplex in Edgewater to watch Bridesmaids, and I have to say, it was actually pretty good. I'm not just saying that be...

HuffPost Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Shame!

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.21.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Allow me to describe Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in the kind of academically technical terms for which I'm famous. This movie sucks.

HuffPost Review: Everything Must Go

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything Must Go is what a filmed short story should be: compact, deep with character but still contained in its action and settings. It's nice to see Ferrell stretching himself. Time for more of that career yoga, Will.

Which Movie Should You See This Weekend?

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 07.20.2011 | Entertainment

On Friday, Johnny Depp is back for his fourth adventure as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which has a new di...

HuffPost Review: Midnight in Paris

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a strain of magical realism that runs through the filmography of Woody Allen that pops up -- and delightfully so -- in his newest film, Midnight in Paris.

Movie Review: Hesher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Spencer Susser's dark comedy hangs in there for about half of its running time, it eventually runs out of ideas and goes soft, when it's been hard-edged from the jump.

HuffPost Review: The First Grader

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The First Grader will move you, even as it reminds you of the worlds that reading can unlock. It's nice to see a movie that makes education seem like an important thing, given the anti-intellectualism that seems so rampant in the country today.

HuffPost Review: How to Live Forever

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The conundrum this documentary comes up against is, for every still-active 90-year-old Okinawan living on fish and seaweed, there's a 120-year-old French woman smoking Gauloises, drinking wine and eating chocolate.

Zaki's Review: Thor

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

If Thor isn't a homerun, it's an extremely solid base hit, effectively extending the goal posts of what to expect in this universe without ever shattering our suspension of disbelief.

5 Must-See Indie Films

Leonard Maltin | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

In theaters this month is a pair of amusing documentaries, an Oscar nominee, and the latest drama from a world-class filmmaker. Any time there are five pictures this good playing on theater screens, I take heart.

Movie Review: Thor

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thor is a comic-book movie made by a Shakespearean -- Kenneth Branagh -- in 3D. And, intriguingly, he mostly makes it work.

HuffPost Review: The People vs. George Lucas

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Essentially, director Alexandre Philippe has rounded up a herd of fan boys to talk about how much the first three Star Wars movies meant to them and how deeply creator George Lucas has subsequently betrayed them.