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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.

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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.

Movie Review: Adore

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This Australian film, from director Anne Fontaine, was titled Two Mothers when it screened at Sundance in January, The Grandmothers when it was a short novel by Doris Lessing.

J.D. Salinger, America's Most Famous Recluse, Is Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Paul Alexander

Cinematically engrossing and emotionally gripping, Salinger paints a complete portrait of the man and the artist.

Movie Review: Touchy Feely

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lynn Shelton obviously isn't a filmmaker whose work suits everyone's taste. With her lightly scripted, improvisational approach to movies, there's a certain shaggy quality to her work -- or at least to the films of hers I've seen (and liked): Humpday and Your Sister's Sister.

Movie Review: Salinger

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After all the hype about its supposedly mind-blowing revelations about the late J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno's Salinger turns out to be a hype -- an overblown, overlong documentary with little that is either truly revelatory or earth-shaking.

Movie Review: A Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hannah Fidell's A Teacher is exactly the kind of movie I love to discover at film festivals: small, low-budget, without famous faces -- but with a strong dramatic vision and the intelligence to carry it out with minimal resources.

Movie Review: Getaway

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Getaway is like the ultimate reductionist car-centric action film. It feels less like a movie made from an actual script and more like director Courtney Solomon composed a list of things he wanted to put in, then assembled those items into something that vaguely resembled a movie.

Movie Review: Afternoon Delight - All Hail Kathryn Hahn!

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit it. I have a critic's crush on Kathryn Hahn. Jill Soloway's witty, surprising Afternoon Delight only confirms it.

Movie Review: Our Nixon

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A fascinating patchwork of news footage and home movies, Our Nixon is at once intriguing and compelling, an inside peek at people who seemed to make secrecy a watchword.

Movie Review: Passion

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Passion isn't Brian De Palma's first remake, but it may be his worst: an over-inflated, melodramatically hot-blooded version of what was a cool French thriller.

Just Seen It: Jobs Movie Review

Zorianna Kit | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

This week on PBS' movie review show Just Seen It, I make an appearance as a guest reviewer to discuss the new Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs.

Movie Review: Closed Circuit

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Crowley's Closed Circuit, arriving in the wake of the Bradley Manning decision and the ongoing Edward Snowden affair, is more than timely: It's the most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real.

ReThink Review: Short Term 12 - You Must See This Movie. Seriously.

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Short Term 12, a film starring Brie Larson as the supervisor of a foster home for at-risk teenagers, won the grand jury award at this year's South by Southwest film festival -- and if you see Short Term 12, you'll know exactly why.