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ReThink Review: American Hustle -- David O. Russell Assembles His All-Stars

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's hard to believe that David O. Russell's first feature film was an incest comedy called Spanking the Monkey. Now, with his track record of critically-acclaimed dramedies, he has his pick of Hollywood's A-list talent, some of whom reached that level because of him.

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hanks IS Disney in these scenes, as we've never seen him before. But alive nonetheless, a human being with the imagination to launch a million childhoods.

Movie Review: American Hustle

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At heart, American Hustle is about love among con artists - is it ever real? Or is it always a con? And how can you tell the difference?

ReThink Review: Inside Llewyn Davis -- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Not to Like It)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After being outsiders, the Coens are in the strange position of having critics seemingly tripping over each other to lionize whatever they do -- and I feel like that's what might be happening with their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis.

ReThink Review: Reaching for the Moon - Of Parks and Poetry

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

I went into Reaching For the Moon as blind as could be, having never heard of Elizabeth Bishop, her poetry, Lota de Macedo Soares, or the creation of Flamengo Park, and I left totally curious and enthralled by all of it.

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are awash in films examining the Beats and the roots of the generation shift that occurred from the late 1950s through the 1960s - but none with a clearer eye than Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.

Movie Review: Oldboy

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been a fan of Spike Lee -- if not of all of his movies -- for 25 years. And I've found that, more often than not, he's at his best when he's directing someone else's material -- or someone else's story. It's absolutely true of Oldboy.

Sunlight Jr. and the Daily Dramas of the Working Poor

Tiffany Williams | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics
Tiffany Williams

I love movies, but they're usually about people I have nothing in common with. The new film Sunlight Jr. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon so accurately portrays the difficult yet mundane lives of a working poor family in Florida that I was struck with a mix of discomfort and catharsis.

8 Life Lessons From Romantic Comedies

Brian Penny | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy
Brian Penny

If you want to impress a chick, you need to share some interests. It's all well and good to find a broad who's into sports, Star Wars and video games,...

Movie Review: Homefront

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Jason Statham the new Sylvester Stallone?

Movie Review: Black Nativity

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit that I was surprised when Jacob Latimore burst into song early into Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity. I went into the screening having only the vaguest knowledge of the cast and the director, and no one had mentioned that it was a musical.

The Best Review We've Ever Seen, Period

Posted 11.25.2013 | Comedy

The Onion's film critic Peter Rosenthal has given us the best review of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" that you're ever likely to hear. In fact, yo...

Movie Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given how much history this film has to cover, it tends to jump around. But Idris Elba is its anchor, physically and emotionally, just as Mandela himself held the movement that was the African National Congress together, even as he moldered in a jail cell on Robben Island.

Dench and Coogan in Philomena: Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh

Caryn James | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Caryn James

If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journalist along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind the warm, lovely Philomena.

Sophia Jones

Egyptian Film Explores What Other Movies Overlook: Complexities Outside Of Tahrir Square

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

CAIRO -- When Egyptian director Ahmad Abdalla decided to make "Rags and Tatters" (or "Farsh w’ Ghata" in Arabic), a film about the 2011 revolution, ...

Movie Review: Frozen

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Disney has had such a long winning streak with its animated comedies and musicals that it's almost possible to forgive the problems with Frozen, which opens in Los Angeles today and in wide release on Nov. 27.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's not much to say about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, because it does what it's supposed to.

Movie Review: Philomena

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Her name is Philomena Lee and, as played by Judi Dench in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance, she's a deceptively ordinary older woman with a mission.

Movie Review: Charlie Countryman

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fredrik Bond's Charlie Countryman is an intriguing directorial debut: a blend of the madcap and the maniacal, a movie that mixes tones in ways that shouldn't work but do.

Movie Review: 12-12-12

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening's new film, 12-12-12 would be worth seeing if only for the moment where James Dolan loses his temper because of a technical glitch.

Dirty, Dangerous and Alive: CBGB's Alluring Punk Rock Ethic

Paul Grenier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Paul Grenier

CBGB is about the rejection of utilitarianism. The details of the punk style -- the lewdness, the filth, the screaming protests -- it's all secondary, man. Despite the dastardly lip-syncing in the movie, that point comes through quite nicely.

Movie Review: Nebraska

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's interesting to see the way filmmakers stake out certain emotional territory as their own over the course of a career. Over the course of six films, Alexander Payne has created a body of work that focuses on the effects of and rebellion against disappointment.

Movie Review: The Wind Rises

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having announced his retirement, Hayao Miyazaki's made one final feature: The Wind Rises. It's an animated film for adults, but I can't imagine adults -- let alone kids -- sitting still for it.

Movie Review: The Armstrong Lie

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gibney signed on to film Armstrong's comeback attempt in 2009, in which he supposedly was going to prove that he had won his previous championships cleanly, despite a blizzard of accusations saying otherwise.

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kenneth Branagh's Thor had a certain playfulness that pitted the ultra-serious world of Asgard, land of the Norse gods, against 21st-century USA. Now director Alan Taylor has taken the reins of the franchise and, with Thor: The Dark World, drains the fun from it.