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Popcorn Preview: Nebraska

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Nebraska (2013) Cast includes: Bruce Dern (Monster, Django Unchained), Will Forte (MacGruber), June Squibb (About Schmidt), Bob Odenkirk (Breaki...

Movie Review: Nebraska

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's interesting to see the way filmmakers stake out certain emotional territory as their own over the course of a career. Over the course of six films, Alexander Payne has created a body of work that focuses on the effects of and rebellion against disappointment.

Raising a Greek Cinema Paradiso

Dan Siegel | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

When Alexander Payne stepped off the boat in late July to arrive on the Greek isle of Patmos, few locals recognized a major Hollywood writer-director in their midst -- or had a chance to see his films on the silver screen.

Open Letter to Jack Nicholson: Happy Birthday - and Thanks!

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jack Nicholson, one of the great screen actors of all time, turned 75 this week and, in honor of that milestone, I wanted to publicly say: thank you.

The Descendants: A Paint-By-Number Masterpiece

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.18.2012 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

As one of the character puts it, "This is a unique and dramatic situation." But to the audience, The Descendants is simply about saying good-bye.

Movie Review: The Descendants -- The Year's Best Film

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll say it flat out -- Alexander Payne's new film, The Descendants, is my favorite of the year, a movie that manages to be heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time.

Director Alexander Payne Talks About The Descendants

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Like Payne's earlier films -- including Election and About Schmidt -- The Descendants blends absurdly human comedy with tragic and touching situations.

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday 9.13.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My hunch about skipping the opening weekend of this year's Toronto International Film Festival has paid off, in more ways than one. Mostly, however, ...