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ReThink Review: The Monuments Men - The Fine Art of War

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Monuments Men is fun, fairly light entertainment, more of a heist movie than a war movie, with a certain Indiana Jones-style treasure-hunting vibe at times.

Movie Review: The Monuments Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As the evidence shows, Monuments Men would not have been in the awards mix. Well-made and honorable, it's also a movie that never achieves much momentum.

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit that, during moments in The Lego Movie, my mouth was hanging open at the audacity and imagination of the images I was seeing.

"I Saw it at Sundance": 14 Films People Might be Talking About This Year

Hulu.com | Posted 04.02.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

We checked out this year's slate, but before we can smugly tell our friends, "Yeah, I saw that before anyone else -- at Sundance," we broke them down into categories and predicted the "buzzworthiness" that each would have this year.

ReThink Review: If You Build It -- Helping Communities Through Design

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Jonathan Kim

While uplifting, the fact that a lot of things don't seem to have worked out as hoped for -- as is often the case with both documentaries and nonprofits -- gives If You Build It a slightly bittersweet feeling.

Movie Review: Tim's Vermeer

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Penn and Teller's Tim's Vermeer is like a cinematic magic trick, one that unveils itself over the course of roughly 90 minutes -- and encompasses the years it took Tim Jenison to work the illusion. Except it's not an illusion.

Movie Review: At Middleton

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Adam Rodgers' At Middleton is that rarity: a romantic comedy that manages to surprise by subverting the formula and coming up with something fresh.

Movie Review: Hank: Five Years From the Brink

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Now, we get Hank: Five Years from the Brink, in which former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry "Hank" Paulson gives us a play-by-play of how he, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve chairman Timothy Geithner, kept everything from collapsing while alternately massaging and challenging the various egos that ran the nation's largest banks.

Movie Review: Labor Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Labor Day is one of those movies that either gets you to buy in and play along, or loses you at a crucial moment, earning only your mockery for the rest of its running time.

Zaki's Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

While Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest manifestation of Hollywood's current vogue of restarting storied franchises from the ground up, the prev...

Movie Review: Visitors

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Godfrey Reggio makes the kind of movies I think Terrence Malick longs to make. While Malick has already rejected story and plot, as well as dialogue, character development and, occasionally, even characters, he's never made a film where he ignored all of these things completely.

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter is one of those films that means well: It's earnest, filled with the spirit of forgiveness -- indeed, it wouldn't seem out of place on the Lifetime network.

ReThink Review: Like Father, Like Son -- A Realistic Take on Babies Switched at Birth

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The premise of children being switched at birth seems more like a relic of fables, legends, and lazily written comedies and soap operas. But that's what makes Like Father, Like Son, the Jury Prize winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, so terrific.

Movie review: Ride Along

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Whether it was Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Hope & Crosby, Martin & Lewis -- or such modern attempts as Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, or Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan -- the dynamic never varies between the cool guy and the eager wannabe who never will, but who'll win our hearts with his misguided, comically unsuccessful efforts.

Critical Reviews of the Text Message "Hy you up?" Sent by Matt Ingebretson at 12:37 a.m.

Matt Ingebretson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Comedy
Matt Ingebretson

"Breathtaking... a profound work of subtlety. Bravely written and sent. A must respond text." -Entertainment Weekly

Movie Review: Maidentrip

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.16.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dekker prevailed in court, then set off -- and that is mostly the movie. But what a subject: At 14, Laura Dekker has the poise, confidence, fearlessness and skill of someone two or three times her age.

ReThink Review: Lone Survivor -- What Makes a War Hero?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Do acts of bravery by the Taliban deserve movies celebrating, honoring, and fetishizing them? Are they also heroes? Or, when it comes to non-Americans, do we hold those fighters to a different standard, now claiming that context really does matter? Watching a movie like Lone Survivor, I can't help thinking about issues like these.

Ari and Emma Review Movies They've Never Seen: Gone With the Wind

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

As Ari and Emma get increasingly inebriated, they proceed to interweave the plots of movies they've never seen, across genres, space, and time.

Movie Review: Cold Comes the Night

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You want to root for a little movie like Cold Comes the Night because it works so hard. But, finally, to not nearly enough effect.

ReThink Review: The Wolf of Wall Street -- Why Depiction Isn't Endorsement

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Wolf of Wall Street did not create or endorse the corrupt culture and lifestyle it depicts, but simply pulls if from the shadows and puts it on display. If this inspires people to follow Belfort's example, the issue isn't the film.

Not All Glitz and Glam: The Movies That Moved Me in 2013

Antonia Cereijido | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Antonia Cereijido

All the films I've mentioned deal with the idea of projection. The characters ask themselves: What kind of image am I projecting? How do people see me?

Movie review: Lone Survivor

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Peter Berg's Lone Survivor opens at the end of the film on a harrowing moment about the title character, then jumps back in time to the beginning o...

Movie review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unless they find new ways to recycle their personae, comic actors would seem to have a limited shelf life. It's all about reinvention. Otherwise,...

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why would Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio lend their considerable talents to a project so devoid of anything resembling humanity, except in its most base and venal form? Why would anyone want to watch this movie -- and what would they come away with?

Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The only way I can imagine having fun watching Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is if I were drunk enough to be really funny myself, watching it with a group of friends on TV in the comfort of my living room, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style