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Reading Too Much Into Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What's amazing to me is how hard some people work at reading political meaning into works that had no such ideas. Just because you can make a case for a metaphorical reading doesn't mean you should.

Treme: A Complex, Enthralling New Drama

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Treme, like a well-cooked meal, it reveals its pleasures gradually -- not all in the first bite. This isn't a hot dog -- it's a gumbo, with layers of flavor to surprise, delight and move you.

Why Summer Movies Suck

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why are they making another sequel to two films which, future studies will show, can cause brain damage to anyone who watches them? Because adults don't matter to Hollywood.

Annals of the Over-Rated: Tim Burton

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

America (and the world) has spoken: The less-than-mediocre Alice in Wonderland is a hit. Allow me to disagree. Tim Burton is Exhibit A for my unified theory of movies.

When a movie is 'not terrible'

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Critics are supposed to go into each movie with an open mind. No matter what we think of a particular director or actor or producer - and we all have ...

Short takes: 3D, yogurt, celebrity genealogy and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Things that have been bugging me lately but which aren't worth an entire post: Why is it that the first thing a 3D film does to establish its, well, ...

I'm Already So Over the Oscars

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been asked to weigh in on whether Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds will somehow game the system or benefit from the screwy new best-picture voting process. Here's what I think: I don't care.

In the tank for Scorsese?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My friend Jeffrey Wells recently ran a link to my review of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which I really liked, on his always interesting website,...

By the People, Poliwood: Bittersweet look at 2008 election

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A year later, it's a bittersweet experience watching Amy Rice and Alicia Sams' documentary, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, which premieres on Tuesday on HBO.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: The Wrap-Up

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I have nothing against transgressive cinema; but Antichrist has the feeling of pushing buttons for its own sake, like a child smearing its own feces on a wall. Why does Lars von Trier do it?

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Day 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's rare that you see five films in a day at a film festival and hit all good ones. But as I settled in to Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass Monday ...

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Day 4

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sunday in Toronto saw three films back to back that offered powerful, sometimes disturbing ruminations on the idea of family.