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Movie Review: Killing Season

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

For years, I've read about the so-called "Black List" of screenplays: allegedly great scripts which, for some reason, Hollywood ignores because it would rather make dumb crap like The Lone Ranger.

Monster's University: Accepted

Ambre Anderson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Parents
Ambre Anderson

Adorable is the parody created from typical college life as we know it, to Monster University. Pixar films begins this prequel of Monsters Inc. on a school trip to the Scare Factory, where Michael Wazowski declares as a young monster that he wants to be a scarer!

Consent Movie Review: Finding the Way Through the Wreckage

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.06.2013 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I don't think you ever forget the first death that affects you. It re-affects you as you're exposed to subsequent deaths. That's basically the premise of Consent, an indie film directed by Ron Farrar Brown and starring Peter Vack and Troian Bellisario.

Zaki's Review: The Lone Ranger

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Disney's big budget opus The Lone Ranger is a bit too long and a bit too uneven at times. But the high stakes project, which re-teams global superstar Johnny Depp with his Pirates of the Carribean helmer Gore Verbinski, is also undeniably fun.

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.31.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything you need to know about this movie can be found in four little words: Pirates of the Caribbean. Everything that was wrong with that series of films is amplified in Lone Ranger.

ReThink Review: The Heat -- the McCarthy Machine Rolls On

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was nicely surprised by The Heat. McCarthy is such a force to be reckoned with that she may very well be the most talented, bankable comedic actress (or actor) working today.

Movie Review: White House Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like Antoine Fuqua's March release, Roland Emmerich's White House Down is a Die Hard clone, about a well-intended and highly skilled former military and law man who just happens to be the only one in the position to foil the terrorists doing the attacking.

Film Review: In Catherine Corsini's Three Worlds Crossing Borders and Class Is Dangerous Business

Penelope Andrew | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

In French director/co-screenwriter Catherine Corsini's latest film, Three Worlds, three disparate characters -- Al, Juliette and Vera -- cross paths in the aftermath of a tragic car accident on the streets of Paris.

ReThink Review: A Hijacking - Hostages at Sea

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A Hijacking is a film about a freighter taken over by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and the painful, drawn-out negotiations between the pirates and the CEO of the Danish company that owns the ship, with the terrified crew reduced to little more than bargaining chips.

Movie Review: Monsters University

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As Monsters University (and its 2001 predecessor, Monsters, Inc.) proves, a solid comedy is a solid comedy, no matter how it's made.

Movie Review: Unfinished Song

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The film is part of a genre: cranky but lovable oldsters, either rediscovering life or simply loving it. In this case, it's a bit of both, with death as the reigning subtext.

ReThink Review: Man of Steel -- The Hunk From Outer Space

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

My biggest problem with Man of Steel is one that has kept me from liking Superman my whole life -- that a superhero with godlike powers and unimpeachable morals is very difficult to relate to or empathize with.

Movie Review: The Attack

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No one, it is said, knows what goes on in someone else's marriage. Even more to the point, no one can know what's going on in another person's head.Those notions are among many at the crux of Ziad Doueiri's haunting, provocative The Attack.

Man of Steel: Superman Past And Present

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.17.2013 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I was amply rewarded by Man of Steel, with its story, its fulsome acting by a star-spangled cast, and even -- despite my vintage -- its astounding computerized effects that took you to galaxies of action in outer space and inner cities, where density amplifies the destructive experience.

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Zack Snyder widens his view as a director with Man of Steel, taking a proclivity for creating startling images in the service of storytelling and using it to enlarge and expand the action.

ReThink Review: This Is the End - Funpocalypse Now!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This Is the End shows that this kind of humor can even be successfully applied to characters who are literally facing the end of the world.

Zaki's Review: Man of Steel

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is an ambitious attempt by home studio Warner Bros. to imbue their Superman property with the same sense of primacy with audiences that seems to come so easily to DC Comics stablemate Batman.

Movie Review: The Bling Ring

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery. But what if you want to imitate someone so badly that you're willing to steal from them? Where does that fall on the sincerity meter?

Movie Review: This Is the End

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What if you were a skeptic -- and your very skepticism resulted in you missing out on the very thing you refused to believe in? That's also the comic notion at the heart of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End,.

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.

Movie Review: Wish You Were Here

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A semi-jigsaw-puzzle of a story, Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here bounces back and forth in time, while feeding the audience's interest in an unsolved mystery.

Movie Review: The Iran Job

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Opening in very limited released today, The Iran Job is an intriguing look inside what Americans see as a buttoned-up and forbidding culture: life in Iran.

Movie review: The Internship

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The jokes practically write themselves for The Internship, or at least that would be the case if writers Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern were actually paying attention to this one-joke movie.

Monsters University: A More Than Worthy Prequel With Bags of Gags and Tons of Heart

Greg Wetherall | Posted 08.06.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

This film is strong enough to not rely on gimmicks. In terms of the story being slightly hackneyed, this is true. The ingenuity in this feature lies in the genuine hilarity, the insightful spotlight on broader themes and, once again, the animation itself.

Movie review: The Prey

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Prey is one of those high-energy suspense thrillers that the French seem to toss off effortlessly - then sit back helplessly as Americans muck up the remake.