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22 Jump Street: A Sequel Done Right

Uloop | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Uloop

We've all seen it happen: A popular film feels pressured to produce a sequel. This pressure to produce a script results in inevitable failure. I mean, who hasn't said, at one point or another, that sequels are never as good? That being said, 22 Jump Street has broken the mold.

Week in Film: Begin Again, Whitey and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Begin Again comes from writer-director John Carney, who burst forth with Once a few years ago. This film, which stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo (among others), captures the same blend of wistful emotions and life-affirming musical energy as that 2006 hit.

Zaki's Review: 22 Jump Street

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The filmmakers are obviously acutely aware of what a minefield it can be when attempting to sequelize a successful comedy (helpfully lampshaded via a very funny prologue with the returning Nick Offerman), so they seem intent on playing with those tropes.

How 'The Fault In Our Stars' Made Me Closer To My Friends

Madonna Matta | Posted 08.11.2014 | Teen
Madonna Matta

I see this movie as a modern classic. And by that I mean, by 2034, this will be the movie that teenagers will call a classic must-see.

Zaki's Review: Maleficent

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.02.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

If nothing else, Maleficent serves as a perfect example of why Jolie is one of the most in-demand actors on the planet. Through the sheer power of her personality (with, of course, an able assist from Rick Baker's remarkable prosthetics), she's able to create a character who has equal parts bombast and fragility.

Review: X-Men Days of Future Past

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

The hardest thing to do as a film reviewer is to be a little kid. To drop your grown-up expectations, disappointments of past bad movie experiences, ...

ReThink Reviews: Night Moves -- Can You Go Too Far to Protect the Earth?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Night Moves definitely works as a tense, lo-fi psychological thriller. But the environmental dimension is what gives Night Moves its interesting moral dimension, as well as informing the unique world where the film takes place.

MacFarlane Slams His Own Movie

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment

Seth MacFarlane just figured out a million ways to pan his own movie. MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" comes out Friday, May 30, bu...

Zaki's Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Days of Future Past is ceaselessly engaging, surprisingly emotional, and refreshingly smart. More than that, it makes many (though not all) of the disparate bits of the big screen X-Men franchise fit together as if they were conceived with this end in mind from the beginning.

NYT Critic: Adam Sandler's New Movie Will 'Make Your Children Stupid'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.23.2014 | Entertainment

To say that A.O. Scott was merely unimpressed by Adam Sandler's new comedy "Blended" would be an understatement. In a scathing review of the rom-c...

Zaki's Review: Godzilla (2014)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

To its credit, the film does its level best to fix some of the Sony version's most egregious flaws. For one, there's no try at reinventing the wheel with how this most iconic of movie monsters looks. This is unmistakably the same Godzilla that several generations of viewers have come of age with over the past 60 (!!) years.

Must-see Movie: Cyber-Seniors

The GypsyNesters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

Walking into the theater at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival, I expected Cyber-Seniors to be a dry, informative info-nugget on how the Internet could enhance the lives of the older set. I couldn't have been more wrong.

New 'Godzilla' Reboot Is A Chilling Ode To Monster's Legacy

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment

No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only ot...

Like All Good Baseball Movies, 'Million Dollar Arm' Is Corny But Fun

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment

Let's face it, there's something about a baseball movie that just invites corniness. The hardest hearts soften at the mere sound of a cracking bat. I...

Why Godzilla Sucks

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are lots of movies that make Gareth Edwards' new Godzilla look like a masterpiece. That, however, is not the same as saying that this movie is actually worth seeing or, more crucially, worth making in the first place.

Week in Film: Million Dollar Arm, A Short History of Decay and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While not perfect, it is more than just a feel-good sports movie about overcoming obstacles (though it is, in fact, that). Million Dollar Arm is less a movie about sports (in this case, baseball) than a film about one man's transformation from sports agent to human being.

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...