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Movie review: The Purge

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Purge is a high-concept blunt instrument of a thriller, a movie that offers a straightforward set-up and few subsequent surprises. It does exactly what you expect and doesn't really go anywhere you don't assume it will.

Movie Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I want to applaud Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing for all the things it does right, and I will. But Whedon's side project -- between his various TV and Marvel-related entertainments -- gets one thing unfortunately wrong: It's never very funny.

The More Movie Critics Think They Know About Now You See Me, the Less They Know

Brian Ross | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

I'm not going to do a movie review of the sleeper summer hit Now You See Me, and the less I tell you, the more that you will know about this magical movie, and why it annoys critics and delights audiences.

Movie Review: Violet & Daisy

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Geoffrey Fletcher's filmmaking debut, Violet & Daisy, is the summer's oddest, most original treat. Imagine a script by Quentin Tarantino, directed by Wes Anderson - and you have an idea of just how deliciously surprising this film can be.

PBS back in the movie review business with "Just Seen It"

Zorianna Kit | Posted 08.01.2013 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

Movie review shows were once a dime a dozen, but slowly fell by the wayside as the power shifted from critics to the moviegoing audience themselves, w...

Movie Review: The Kings of Summer

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Shown at Sundance under the title Toy's House, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age tale that touches a lot of bases and explores a variety of tones in ways that most films are too timid to do.

Zaki's Review: After Earth

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.31.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's become a popular pastime of late to pile on poor M. Night Shyamalan. I certainly did my share of it three years ago with his last misfire. But wh...

ReThink Review: Now You See Me - Abracadiculous!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While The Prestige explores the craft and mindset of differing magicians, Now You See Me uses magic to justify a story that, on cursory examination, proves to be little more than smoke and mirrors.

Movie Review: The East

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A movie that's bound to set your paranoia sensors flashing, The East is a cerebral thriller in which it's hard to tell who's the hero and who's the villain.

Movie Review: Fill the Void

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fill the Void is as interesting for the things it doesn't do as for what it does. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein and set in the Hasidic community of Tel Aviv, it's a story about family and a sense of duty, informed by a devout faith.

Movie Review: The Hangover Part III

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I heartily endorse the original Hangover. Now we've got Part III. And yes, I recognize that the Roman numeral is meant as a joke -- but I have to point out that it's about as funny as many of the gags in this uneven and busy film.

Movie Review: Before Midnight

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who's been married for any length of time should be able to enjoy Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, if squirming in your seat can be considered a form of enjoyment.

ReThink Review: What Maisie Knew -- Divorce Through a Child's Eyes

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Divorce is common enough these days that people are familiar with what an ugly and painful process it can be, which probably explains why most people wouldn't rush to see a movie about it in their free time

Movie Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Other documentarians may be more famous than Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, but there's no one working right now who afflicts the comfortable with more energy and pointedness than Gibney.

Luhrmann's 'Gatsby': From Old Sport to 'Dude' in 143 minutes

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Saladin Ambar

Luhrmann's film works because it gives us the stunning visuals to a place and time few of us have any memory of.

Movie Review: The English Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I often note how difficult it is to create a comedy that's not only smart and funny but also charming and surprising. But first-time director Craig Zisk, a TV veteran, has done that with The English Teacher.

Movie Review: Black Rock

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having broken through as a filmmaker with the intriguing and moving The Freebie, actress Katie Aselton suffers the sophomore slump with her second film as a director, Black Rock.

Movie Review: Pieta

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyway, Kim Ki-Duk's Pieta, opening in limited release tomorrow, is as twisted and unexpected as much of the Korean cinema that has reached this shore.

ReThink Review: Frances Ha -- Growing Apart and Growing Up

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you haven't heard of Greta Gerwig, I think you'll be hearing a lot more about her very soon. She's the star and co-writer of Noah Baumbach's latest film Frances Ha, and she gives a performance so honest and relatable that directors will be scrambling to get Gerwig in their films.

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The conventional wisdom about the Star Trek movies starring the cast of the original TV show was that the even-numbered films were the good ones and the odd-numbered ones kind of sucked.

Movie Review: Frances Ha

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Never a filmmaker for whom story seemed particularly important, Baumbach collaborated here with his star, Greta Gerwig, for what feels like an amorphous and fragmentary story of a delusional young woman who doesn't seem to want to grow up.

A Defense of The Great Gatsby

Suneal Bedi | Posted 07.13.2013 | Arts
Suneal Bedi

As Thursday night became Friday morning, Baz Luhrmann's vision began to grow on me. I left the movie with a new, sometimes forgotten, understanding of the novel. And so I'm here to defend Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.

Movie Review: Aftershock

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Aftershock is competently made and effective at making you squirm. That's as much praise as I'm willing to dish out.

ReThink Review: The Great Gatsby - Classic Literature in 3-D

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With a cast of largely baby-faced actors, Jay-Z as an executive producer, and a soundtrack weighted towards hip hop and electronic music, is The Great Gatsby more for younger fans of Luhrmann's more boisterous previous films like Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet?

Movie Review: Stories We Tell

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell is one of the year's best films: funny, moving, thought-provoking -- and so personal that it strikes universal chords.