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ReThink Review: Elysium -- The 1 Percent in Orbit

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.

Movie Review: Elysium

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who thought District 9 might be some sort of newcomer fluke needs only watch the first few minutes of Elysium to see that Neill Blomkamp is the real thing: a visionary filmmaker with a headful of dystopia and the story-telling ability to give it some punch.

Movie Review: We're the Millers

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedy is subjective, so there are bound to be haters for We're the Millers. But, speaking as someone who enjoys vulgar humor that is both mean and smart, I can tell you that I laughed a lot during this brisk, consistently funny movie.

Movie Review: In a World

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In A World announces the arrival of a new triple-threat talent: Lake Bell, already established as an actress. She wrote and directed (and produced) this new film, which was a delight at Sundance and arrives in the dog days of summer like a cool breeze.

ReThink Review: The To Do List -- Not Your Average Teen Sex Comedy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

"Consistently hilarious" is a great way to describe The To Do List, which provides more delight with its shoestring $1.5 million budget than many studio tentpoles did with soaring nine-digit price tags.

Movie Review: 2 Guns

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's been a lot of action at the movies this summer, very little of it memorable. So Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns comes as a welcome surprise: a film with the wit, tension and sheer headlong pace to grab and hold your attention for a brisk 106 minutes.

Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare teenager who can see beyond tomorrow. While they may worry about the future, they tend to live in the moment because, among other things, they feel immortal and most have little evidence to the contrary.

Zaki's Review: The Wolverine

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.25.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Believe it or not, Fox's X-Men franchise is now 13 years old. And in those 13 years they've cranked out six movies that've run the qualitative gamut from X-cellent to X-crement.

Movie Review: The Wolverine

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (and long after the story in the sorry X-Men Origins: Wolverine), The Wolverine finds Logan living in the woods somewhere in the American northwest.

Movie Review: Blue Jasmine

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Approaching the age of 80, with more than 40 feature films under his belt, Woody Allen continues to astonish, finding new ways to surprise audiences with each year's film.

ReThink Review: Only God Forgives - What About Drive Now?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm sure I'll make a lot of enemies with this post, since I know a lot of people -- some of whom I have great respect for -- who think that Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film Drive is a neo-classic and a cinematic masterpiece.

Movie Review: Red 2 - 2 Little, 2 Late

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Apropos of nothing, here's one of those chicken/egg quandaries: Which is more unnecessary: a sequel or a remake? They're often the same thing.

Movie Review: Only God Forgives

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything that I loved about Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film, Drive, all the things that I found immediate and evocative - those are all the thing...

Movie Review: The Conjuring

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's always a pleasant surprise to happen upon a movie that achievers the level of suspense or just plain creepiness that The Conjuring manages. It calls to mind films like The Exorcist, which understood that the less you saw, the scarier it got.

I Got Conjured: What I Learned at The Conjuring Premiere

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Shannon Sutherland

When I got the chance to attend the premiere of The Conjuring I jumped at the chance although I was a tad bit nervous that I would embarrass myself by screaming during the scary parts.

'Turbo' Runs Out Of Gas

AP | TODD MCCARTHY | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES -- In delivering a film about a garden snail that dreams of winning the Indy 500, it's as if the makers of "Turbo" had been pressed to com...

Movie Review: Blackfish

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been four years since The Cove -- and 20 years since Free Willy. And yet, as the upsetting new documentary, Blackfish, shows, man's inhumanity to mammals continues unabated -- as commercialized and heartless as ever, even when it includes collateral damage.

Movie Review Series Just Seen It Begins Season 3 on PBS

Zorianna Kit | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

Saturday night, PBS kicks off its third season of the movie review series Just Seen It. The show begins its current 13 episode run reviewing the horr...

Fruitvale Station: An Important Statement on the Power of Perspective

Zeba Blay | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Zeba Blay

Helmed by first-time director Ryan Coogler and produced by Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (who makes a brief but powerful appearance in the film as Grant's mother), the film puts as much focus on the fatal shooting as it does on what preceded it.

ReThink Review: Pacific Rim -- Robots vs. Monsters FTW

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In the hands of Guillermo del Toro, a cinema savant with an unbridled imagination and a unique talent for creature and set design, Pacific Rim is a modern triumph and probably the most fun you'll have at the movies this summer.

Movie Review: Crystal Fairy

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Written and directed by Sebastian Silva, Crystal Fairy is a witty riff on the ugly American, with Cera as Jamie, an oblivious Yank vacationing in Chile.

Review of White House Down - 'So Hokey' ...Yet Moving

Quora | Posted 09.09.2013 | Entertainment
Quora

I experienced a weird feeling of "this scene is so hokey" and yet was also moved by these same scenes. Emmerich turned a Die Hard script into something entertaining.

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Quiet, stirring, enraging and sometimes quite funny, Fruitvale Station, which took the two top prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a snapshot of the dialectic of race in America, told from the viewpoint of a member of the underclass, chasing the American dream.

ReThink Review: The Lone Ranger - Tonto Redeemed, Djisney Unchained?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.10.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Was The Lone Ranger doomed by early (and correct) reports that the film is unusually violent for a PG-13 movie, especially one aimed at kids and families? And is the character of Tonto finally allowed to rise above the role of sidekick and noble savage?

Movie review: Pacific Rim

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How much you enjoy Guillermo del Toro's sprawling, exciting and exceptionally imaginative Pacific Rim may have to do with how much of a sucker you still are for those movies that make you feel like a little kid, watching them with giddy excitement.