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Marshall Fine Movie Review

HuffPost Review: The Best and the Brightest

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.23.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No one is going to be putting The Best and the Brightest on any 10-best lists -- but if you're looking for a comedy that offers a handful of bawdy, vulgar laughs, look no further.

HuffPost Review: Bad Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.22.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If the title of Bad Teacher calls to mind Bad Santa, the resonance is deliberate: Here is a comedy full of inappropriate humor about someone filling a familiar role who couldn't be further from the figure of benevolent authority we expect.

HuffPost Review: The Art of Getting By

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This slight coming-of-age tale works better than it has any right to, thanks to the performances by the young actors and several of the supporting cast.

HuffPost Review: Buck

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Buck is as engrossing as a documentary can be, a film that will touch you emotionally even as you watch the action in fascination.

HuffPost Review: Page One -- Inside the New York Times

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The documentary, opening in limited release this Friday, uses what has become America's most important print media outlet to tell the story of the collapse of print media in the Internet age.

HuffPost Review: The Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The pleasures of The Trip are subtle and absurd. The humor is found in the moment by a pair of witty performers who cast a gimlet eye on everything they encounter -- including each other.

HuffPost Review: The Last Mountain

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Bill Haney's film, a documentary that looks at the impending flattening of the final mountain in a West Virginia area of Appalachia, is stark in its facts and unapologetic about its viewpoint: Coal is killing the planet.

Movie Review: The Hangover Part II

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not surprising that they would make The Hangover Part II. Nor is it a shock that this second bite of the apple doesn't go down as easily as the first.

HuffPost Review: Everything Must Go

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything Must Go is what a filmed short story should be: compact, deep with character but still contained in its action and settings. It's nice to see Ferrell stretching himself. Time for more of that career yoga, Will.

HuffPost Review: Midnight in Paris

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a strain of magical realism that runs through the filmography of Woody Allen that pops up -- and delightfully so -- in his newest film, Midnight in Paris.

HuffPost Review: The First Grader

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The First Grader will move you, even as it reminds you of the worlds that reading can unlock. It's nice to see a movie that makes education seem like an important thing, given the anti-intellectualism that seems so rampant in the country today.

Movie Review: Thor

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thor is a comic-book movie made by a Shakespearean -- Kenneth Branagh -- in 3D. And, intriguingly, he mostly makes it work.

HuffPost Review: Water For Elephants

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Watching a movie like Water for Elephants, knowing that it's not only based on a novel but on a best-selling novel that was all the rage for book clubs, makes me wonder about the book -- specifically, how bad is it?

HuffPost Review: Incendies

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I understand why Susanne Bier's In a Better World won the foreign-language Oscar -- but I believe this was the better film.

HuffPost Review: Dumbstruck

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What's that you say? A documentary about ventriloquists? Could anyone resist? Resist at your own risk, however, with Mark Goffman's Dumbstruck, openi...

Movie Review: The Conspirator

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As he did with Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford uses The Conspirator to construct a conscience-pricking drama that tells one story while commenting (no...

HuffPost Review: Ceremony

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Henry Winkler's film Ceremony is as good an example of faux Wes Anderson as you'll find. Not that it's a good film; or an original one.

HuffPost Review: Rio

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Rio is a fish-out-of-water animated comedy about birds -- and, as those things go, it's cute and entertaining -- but not in an aggressive or annoying way.

HuffPost Review: Henry's Crime

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An oddball blend of crime tale and backstage comedy, Henry's Crime is a deadpan delight, an unexpected treat that offers the fire-and-ice teaming of Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga.

Movie Review: Hanna

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hanna and her father live in a cabin near the Arctic Circle -- but their time there is about to come to an end. He's training her for a mission: to find her way to a certain address in Munich.

HuffPost Review: Your Highness

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

By the logic of the script for Your Highness, if I want to write an amusing review of the film, all I need to do is type the word "f**k" 500 times. O...

HuffPost Review: Arthur

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Let's start with a fact. The 1981 film Arthur is a middling piece of studio comedy, buoyed (in the first half) by an unexpectedly effervescent perform...

HuffPost Review: In a Better World

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.01.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Winner of this year's Oscar as best foreign-language film, In a Better World is an intriguing examination of the ideas of revenge and forgiveness, but it wraps things up too neatly to be truly compelling.

HuffPost Review: Queen to Play

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Queen to Play seems so obvious in its metaphors and plotting that you come away stunned at the end to realize just how engaging and involving it is. ...

Movie Review: Source Code

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I can already see it at some virtual movie-revival house of the future: a "what-if?" double feature that teams Limitless and Source Code and points ou...