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My Cry Meter Predicts 12 Years a Slave Will Win Best Picture

Dirk Hughes | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Dirk Hughes

The cry meter is simple, actually. When I have two or more choices that seem to be weighted rationally and technically the same, I choose in favor of the one that elicited a stronger emotional response from me. Basically, I pick the one that made me cry more.

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you crossed a disaster film from the 1970s with a low-budget action-thriller from the last five years, you'd get something that looks like Non-Stop.

Movie Review: The Lunchbox

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ritesh Batra's moving, subtly witty and perceptive film, opening Friday in limited release, is a showcase for its two stars, the marvelous Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, who is a fresh face to me and an actress capable of the kind of interior life that Khan always brings to the screen.

Movie Review: In Secret

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Charlie Stratton's In Secret is based on Emile Zola's Therese Raquin -- but were it set in a different time period, it could have been a film noir like Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Zaki's Review: 3 Days to Kill

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.22.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Giving the proceedings far more credibility than they really deserve is Costner, effortlessly cool, and clearly having fun with his new action hero configuration. Over the years, I've seen Kevin Costner be pretty good in fairly mediocre movies, and fairly mediocre in pretty good movies. 3 Days to Kill is the former.

Movie Review: Omar

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

That question of loyalty, deception and betrayal haunts the Oscar-nominated film Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, whose dark, weirdly funny Paradise Now was also an Oscar nominee.

Movie Review: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Elaine Stritch is one of those pop-culture figures who you either know too much about or have never heard of. A star of the Broadway stage for 70 years, she landed in New York at 18, took the town by storm and never looked back.

ReThink Review: RoboCop (2014) -- A Drone By Any Other Name

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With a film so beloved, I guess it's inevitable that there would be a remake. But instead of being a toothless, needless, sanitized imitation, I'm happy to report that the new RoboCop is willing to make significant changes and swing even harder at its political commentary.

Movie Review: Winter's Tale

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Helprin's book is a tad precious, but Goldsman has no trouble shmaltzing it up in a way that undercuts the magic, while calling attention to the massive effort he needs to create the kind of wizardry that Helprin can do with a sentence or two.

Zaki's Review: RoboCop (2014)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The first Robo did so well by wrapping a human story that's both remarkably poignant and hysterically funny inside a big budget blockbuster. People bought their tickets to see effects and explosions, but they responded to the heart and the satire.

'Lino At The Movies' Reviews The Year's Biggest Films To Hilarious Effect

The Huffington Post | Taylor Casti | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment

A new YouTube channel is distilling last year's biggest movies into one-minute reviews, most of which have little to do with the films themselves. ...

12 Years A Slave

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Despite its unquestionable power, I left this movie troubled as much by what I felt to be a false note as by its indictment of the cruelties of slaver...

Zaki's Review: The Monuments Men

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

With The Monuments Men, director/star George Clooney switches gears slightly from the high-minded political meditations of previous efforts such ...

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.