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Movie Review: Escape from Tomorrow

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Randy Moore's Escape from Tomorrow may be the year's most subversive film: a horrifying satire of the manufactured fun we've come to associate with the Disney assembly line.

Teach: A Participant Media Documentary and Campaign

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Why did Max, and so many others, leave teaching for other careers? It was not from lack of passion, hard work or commitment, his dad can say, and I think he would agree. But when results are not forthcoming, then these virtues are hard to sustain.

Movie Review: Machete Kills

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Machete, which turned veteran character actor Danny Trejo into a leading man, was a wild and wildly violent action-comedy, a spoof of exploitation films of the 1970s. So, obviously, is Machete Kills. How much of a spoof?

Tom Hanks Stuns In 'Captain Phillips'

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment

-- If you saw Paul Greengrass's "United 93," a terrifying depiction of one of the doomed flights on 9/11, you know this director can evoke a harrowin...

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the title character's book recalling the 2009 incident -- in which an American cargo vessel in the Indian Ocean was captured by four Somali pirates -- Captain Phillips puts you right in the middle of the action and never lets you go.

Movie Review: Linsanity

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it happened in the spring of 2012, the Jeremy Lin phenomenon -- commonly referred to as Linsanity, from which the new documentary takes its name -- was startling for its prevalence.

ReThink Review: Gravity - The Best Space Movie Since 2001

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In space, no one can hear you scream -- but with a movie as tense and masterful as Gravity, you'll just be hoping no one in the theater will hear or smell you poop your pants.

ReThink Review: The Summit - A Lethal Mountain's Deadliest Day

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Of the 300 climbers who made it to the top of K2, one quarter of them died on the way down -- and that's not counting the ones who died on the way up.

Movie Review: Parkland

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Parkland still has the power to hit you like a fast-moving bus.

Movie Review: All Is Bright

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Paul Giamatti is one of our great screen actors, an absolute poet of frustration and regret with the range to play a wide variety of roles. Watch hi...

Movie Review: Gravity

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not since 127 Hours have I run into a movie that provoked that mixture of excitement and trepidation in people I know who have seen the trailer as Gravity.

Movie Review: Concussion

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been fascinated with Robin Weigert since the first time I remember seeing her, as the hard-drinking, foul-mouthed Calamity Jane in David Milch's too-short HBO series, Deadwood.

How Jesus Took America Hostage -- "American Jesus" the Movie

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

American Jesus shows that in the American religious community life goes on as if the Enlightenment had never taken place.

LOST ON ARRIVAL

AP | PETER DeBRUGE | Posted 09.26.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes you have to travel 30,000 miles just to appreciate the guy who lives down the hall – or so goes "Baggage Claim," a movi...

Movie Review: Inequality for All

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jacob Kornbluth's illuminating Inequality for All, which focuses on economist and scholar Robert Reich, probably won't reach the audience it needs to. They're too busy watching Fox News - or CNN or MSNBC, for that matter.

Movie Review: Muscle Shoals

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Either the title of the documentary Muscle Shoals resonates with you -- in which case it resonates hard -- or you have no idea what it means. But you should -- or you should find out by watching the movie, one of the year's most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films.

Movie Review: Rush

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ron Howard's Rush is winning all sorts of praise as being daring (for taking on subject matter that apparently isn't an automatic audience magnet), a throwback to the 1970s (when filmmakers took more risks) and just plain sexy and exciting.

ReThink Review: Thanks For Sharing -- Sex Addiction Goes Mainstream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When I saw the trailer for Thanks For Sharing, I wrote it off as a fluffy ensemble rom-com questionably based in the world of sex addicts in recovery. But I'm happy to admit that I had this movie totally wrong.

ReThink Review: GMO OMG -- It Came From Inside Your Food!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

"Conventional" farming -- especially with corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and sugar beets -- now increasingly means using GMOs, which is the subject of Jeffrey Seifert's documentary GMO OMG.

Movie Review: Prisoners - Don't Believe the Hype

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Denis Villeneuve had two films at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The better one was called Enemy. The one that's getting the big studio release this week is called Prisoners.

Muhammad Ali: Trials of a Hero

Marlon Regis | Posted 11.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

As you thought there couldn't be any more footage of live clips, scenes, photo exhibits, other artistic reinterpretations or the highly bestowed awards of honor related to Muhammad Ali, here comes a powerful new documentary titled, The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

Movie Review: C.O.G.

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Coming-of-age stories tend to be about innocents who have the veil pulled from their eyes. Which sort of describes C.O.G. - except for the innocent part.

Movie Review: Enough Said

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nicole Holofcener brings a wonderfully humane approach to the subject with Enough Said, a bittersweet romantic comedy made all the sadder by the fact that it represents one of James Gandolfini's final performances onscreen.

ReThink Review: Good Ol' Freda - The Beatles' Longtime Secretary Speaks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Freda Kelly, who ran the Beatles' fan club and was the secretary for their manager Brian Epstein, has refused to speak about or profit from her account of the eleven years she spent working for the Beatles. But with a desire for her grandson to know her story and her place in rock history, Freda is now ready to talk.

Just Seen It: Trophy Wife and Lucky 7

Gabriel Mizrahi | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Gabriel Mizrahi

It's called Just Seen It, and it isn't your mother's review show (or mine, for that matter), but a fun and fast-paced hangout where working industry professionals review the latest in film and television.