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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: A Walk in the Woods -- Amblin'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

More than 15 years in the making, A Walk in the Woods is an entertaining and enjoyable film, if a formulaic one.  Adapted by Rick Kerb and Bill Ho...

Movie Review: Learning to Drive -- Life Lessons

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We take our mentors where we find them in life, though it's not always apparent who's teaching who. That's the case in Learning to Drive, a comic drama by Isabel Coixet that offers beautifully matched performances by Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

Movie Review: People Places Things -- Jemaine Event

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a summer filled with cinematic bombast and overkill, it's always a nice surprise to find a charming little comedy with heart like People Places Things.

Movie Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Broken Tentpole

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a day late and a dollar short -- actually, make that several seasons late, for anyone who watches the outrageously funny animated series, Archer.

Movie Review: Mistress America -- Greta or Not

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I tend to blow hot and cold on the films of Noah Baumbach though, truthfully, more hot than cold. But I draw the line at his collaborations with Greta Gerwig, who may be the most overrated (or at least most overemployed) actor of her generation.

Movie Review: Ricki and the Flash -- Eternal Lounge Act

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash is one of those near-misses that feels as though a lot of discussion went into the rationale behind every wrong-headed decision. 

Movie Review: Samba -- Touching Human Tale

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When the subject is immigration, outrage tends to outshout empathy. There's a lot of fear but not a lot of humanity. Which is why Samba is a film that could make a difference.

Movie Review: Self/less -- Brain Drain

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The idea of human consciousness going mobile is an intriguing one: What if you could actually trade minds with another person? That's the premise of Self/less, a disappointing mind-transfer tale notable for its performances if not its dramaturgy.

Movie Review: Minions -- Enough Is Too Much

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The creators of Minions obviously never heard either of two complementary expressions: "A little goes a long way" and "too much of a good thing."

Movie Review: Batkid Begins -- Summer Bright Spot

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dana Nachman's touching, funny nonfiction film, Batkid Begins, is sheer delight. Instead of something maudlin and manipulative, Nachman has assembled what may be the year's most joyous and surprising movie. 

Movie Review: The Overnight -- No Sleeping

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running time. 

Movie Review: Dope -- Geeks Rule

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've heard Rick Famuyiwa's Dope referred to as Nerdz 'N the Hood, which is apt -- although a better comparison would be Risky Business.

Movie Review: Entourage -- Cashing the check

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The principal problem with Entourage as a movie: There are barely as many laughs in its slack 104 minutes as in the average 30-minute episode. Which makes it a lot like the Sex and the City movies.

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road -- Taking the Long Way

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"Fury Road" is less a sequel than a reimagining of this post-apocalyptic mythology.

Movie Review: The D Train -- Hop Aboard

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As squirm comedies go, The D Train is a breed apart, a film that puts new spin on the bromance. 

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron -- The End Is Nigh

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

These feel like cinematic end times -- not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, "hey, it's good enough" approach of critics to the colossus that bestrides summer movies, otherwise known as the Marvel Universe.

Movie Review: Ex Machina -- Mechanical

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ex Machina is both tastily minimal and frustratingly simplistic. Alex Garland's directing debut (he wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine) is, in essence, a three-hander about three people in a house. OK, a high-tech mansion, but you get the point. 

Movie Review: Child 44 -- Leave This One Behind

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Certainly the pedigree of Child 44 makes it seem promising. But the timing of the release -- April, a pre-summer graveyard -- and the fact that it wasn't screened for critics until shortly before opening both mitigate against it. 

Movie Review: Alex of Venice -- Mopey

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, Alex of Venice is as notable for what it doesn't do as for what it does. This is the story of a married parent suddenly forced to realign priorities when their spouse walks out. Think Kramer vs. Kramer - and then make the central character a woman instead of a man.

Movie Review: True Story -- Faking it

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

True Story is not a bad movie; indeed, it's a creepy little tale that has moments that will unnerve you. But the limitations of its script and of Jonah Hill's performance in the central role keep it from transcending its shortcomings.

Movie Review: While We're Young -- Aging Ungracefully

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Films about the generation gap tend to pit parent versus child, old values against new, youth versus age, experience against optimism. Which is what makes Noah Baumbach's While We're Young such a treat...

Movie Review: Get Hard -- Hardly

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart seem like a match made in the acquisitions or marketing department, aiming for the merger of two different comedians' respective audiences, which don't necessarily overlap.

Movie Review: The Gunman -- Cashing the Check, Paying the Price

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unfortunately, the script, while making broad political points, otherwise plays as by-the-numbers action fodder.

Movie Review: Maps to the Stars -- Cul-de-sac

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life.

Movie Review: Focus -- Hard to Miss the Misdirection

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Focus works hard and does manage to generate entertainment. But, the strain shows, and the creative team (also responsible for writing Bad Santa and I Love You Philip Morris) can't seem to blend wit with plot complexity.