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Entries by Marshall Fine from 02/2011

Movie Review: Sanctum

| Posted 02.01.2011 | Entertainment

Sanctum is the case of a movie that tries to do too much, without realizing what its real strengths are. Directed by Alister Grierson from a script b...

HuffPost Review: The Other Woman

| Posted 02.02.2011 | Entertainment

After I saw The Other Woman at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009 (when it was being called Love and Other Impossible Pursuits), I wrote that...

HuffPost Review: Cold Weather

| Posted 02.03.2011 | Entertainment

Just as I began to lose patience with Aaron Katz's Cold Weather -- what? Another movie about twenty-somethings figuring out their lives? -- it took a left turn and grabbed my attention.

HuffPost Reviews: Dressed; Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

| Posted 02.04.2011 | Entertainment

Dressed has the feel of a puffed-up reality TV outing, and Vidal Sassoon feels like an infomercial, selling the 80-plus-year-old stylist.

Aaron Katz warms to Cold Weather

| Posted 02.04.2011 | Entertainment

Reading a mystery, Aaron Katz admits, is a lot easier than writing one. That's what Katz found when, while writing the script for Cold Weather, openi...

Movie Review: Cedar Rapids

| Posted 02.07.2011 | Entertainment

Despite some of the raunchiest dialogue in recent memory, there is an undeniable sweetness to Miguel Arteta's Cedar Rapids (opening Friday 2/11/11) th...

Attention, Oscar Whiners: Get Over It!

| Posted 02.07.2011 | Entertainment

OK, that's it - I'm officially tuning out all further Academy Award whining, prognosticating, analyzing, deconstructing and every other kind of Oscar ...

HuffPost Review: Carancho

| Posted 02.08.2011 | Entertainment

Carancho has a headlong feel. It's gripping and involving while focusing squarely on one man's ability to ignore his own better instincts -- and what happens when he no longer can.

HuffPost Reviews: Justin Bieber -- Never Say Never

| Posted 02.09.2011 | Entertainment

Some teen phenoms quickly come and go while others stick around and turn into artists of more substance than anyone could have anticipated. Which fate awaits Justin Bieber?

HuffPost Review: The Eagle

| Posted 02.10.2011 | Entertainment

Who knew that the western would die out -- but the sword-and-sandal action film would survive? Unfortunately in The Eagle, action is mostly a flatline.

HuffPost Review: Gnomeo and Juliet

| Posted 02.11.2011 | Entertainment

Gnomeo and Juliet is exactly the kind of movie you wish for when you're the parent of small children. It's fast, funny and smart enough to tickle the ...

HuffPost Interview: Director Kelly Asbury of Gnomeo and Juliet

| Posted 02.14.2011 | Entertainment

Why gnomes? Why not gnomes?, says Kelly Asbury? The result is a computer-animated comedy aimed at children and adults, using Shakespeare's romantic tragedy as the jumping-off point for a more family-friendly fairy tale.

HuffPost Interview: Belgica Castro, star of Old Cats

| Posted 02.15.2011 | Entertainment

Belgica Castro, who will be 90 next month, is on the phone, speaking Spanish from her home in Chile, talking through Sebastian Silva, co-director of h...

HuffPost Review: Unknown

| Posted 02.16.2011 | Entertainment

There must be a factory that churns out action-thrillers the same way a factory produces furniture. No muss, no fuss, and a rotating list of actors who have fallen out of the 'A' list.

HuffPost Review: Vanishing on 7th Street

| Posted 02.17.2011 | Entertainment

It isn't long before you figure out that there aren't any larger ideas at work in Vanishing on 7th Street than the ones that are on the surface.

HuffPost Review: The Last Lions

| Posted 02.18.2011 | Entertainment

The flood of bogus "reality" TV has cheapened the value we place in the kind of carefully, even lovingly, filmed nature films like The Last Lions, an intensely up-close look at the life of a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs.

HuffPost Review: I Am

| Posted 02.18.2011 | Entertainment

As I watched Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am., I wondered: Does it take a near-death experience to open our eyes to the wonder of life and force us to reckon our place in the world?

HuffPost Review: Even the Rain

| Posted 02.18.2011 | Entertainment

We deal with crises in our everyday life - or what we think of as crises. But sometimes we need to be jarred out of the cocoon of our own lives to see...

Comic-Con effect ripples through the culture

| Posted 02.21.2011 | Entertainment

I didn't see a commercial for The Green Lantern during the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps I wasn't paying close enough attention. But I sa...

Time to Say 'No' to 3D

| Posted 02.22.2011 | Entertainment

I've said it before and I'll say it again: 3D films are a scam. A gimmick. A rip-off. And it's time to stand up and say, "No more."

HuffPost Review: Hall Pass

| Posted 02.23.2011 | Entertainment

I'm not about to debate the value of vulgar humor. But I will say that I welcome the Farrelly brothers back to the R-rated fold with Hall Pass, their funniest film in a decade.

HuffPost Review: Heartbeats

| Posted 02.24.2011 | Entertainment

I don't have a lot to say about Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats because the impression this slight, aimless film left on me was so negligible.

Live-blogging the 2011 Oscar telecast

| Posted 02.28.2011 | Entertainment
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8:39PM EST Off to a good start with the hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, inserted into scenes from several of the Oscar nominees, on an Incept...

HuffPost Review: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

| Posted 02.28.2011 | Entertainment

If you read other reviews of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives that extol its virtues by using words like lyrical, pastoral, dreamy and fantastic, well, believe them at your own risk.