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Marshall Fine Movie Review

HuffPost Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been a summer full of comedies that succumb to the law of diminishing returns, from The Hangover Part 2 through The Change-Up. Now comes 30 Minu...

HuffPost Review: Senna

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not worth a spoiler alert to point out that racecar driver Ayrton Senna dies at the end of Senna, Asif Kapadia's routine sports documentary from ESPN Films, and which receives a theatrical release this week.

HuffPost Review: The Whistleblower

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Whistleblower is dark, grim and harrowing. It tells the tale of Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a Nebraska cop looking to make some big dough so she can afford to follow her children.

HuffPost Review: Gun Hill Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gun Hill Road is part of a deluge of late-summer independent releases that may wash through or past your multiplex, but it's one whose title you should remember.

HuffPost Review: Magic Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a Deadhead or a Ken Kesey-phile to find the fun and the wistfulness in Magic Trip, Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's reconstruction of the famous cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.

HuffPost Review: The Guard

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Brutal -- and brutally funny -- The Guard joins a growing list of darkly witty contemporary Irish gangster movies. It's as amusing as it is occasionally shocking.

HuffPost Review: Point Blank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It will take someone with a fresh eye to come up with a movie as wonderfully wired and propulsive as Cavaye's Point Blank.

HuffPost Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crazy, Stupid, Love is the summer's most enjoyably surprising film: a comedy that knows how to pay more attention to the feelings it explores than to creating a conveyor belt for punchlines. It earns its laughs -- and then some.

HuffPost Review: Life in a Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No doubt, Life in a Day will be shorthanded as "the YouTube movie," which is not a bad thing, actually. Directed (assembled, to be more accurate) by ...

HuffPost Review: El Bulli - Cooking in Progress

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The cinema-verite approach to documentary making has its pitfalls -- particularly if the subject is as close-mouthed as Ferran Adria, the focus of Gereon Wetzel's El Bulli - Cooking in Progress.

HuffPost Review: A Little Help

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A Little Help could have been one of those minor black-comedy indy gems. Instead, it's just OK, a set of interesting ideas wrapped in a less-interesting package, tied together by the evocative central performance of Jenna Fischer.

Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not quite as much fun as Thor, not nearly as bad as Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger feels less like an exciting comic-book-hero movie than required reading for a course called The Avengers, arriving in theaters next summer.

HuffPost Review: Another Earth

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a difference between thinking big thoughts and telling a profound story, a difference that has escaped writer-director William Cahill with his film, Another Earth.

HuffPost Review: Salvation Boulevard

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's no point devoting much time to thinking about what went wrong with Salvation Boulevard. The answer is simple: everything. Satire, particularl...

HuffPost Review: Lucky

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.13.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's always energizing to see an actor give a breakthrough performance -- which is something that you get from Ari Graynor in Lucky, opening in limited release Friday.

HuffPost Review: Life, Above All

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As the 30th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic arrives, it's instructive to note that, even today, there are still those benighted places -...

Movie Review: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - It's Magical

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We have now come to the end of a decade-long magical adventure that may constitute the most ambitious feat of both literary and cinematic story-telling in memory, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

Movie Review: Project Nim - Inhuman

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"It was the '70s," one of the participants says at one point in the documentary Project Nim, about an experiment involving a chimpanzee and human lang...

HuffPost Review: The Ledge

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Movies are show. Theater is tell. But The Ledge, opening in limited release tomorrow (7/8/11) and currently available on VOD, is essentially a two-h...

HuffPost Review: Ironclad

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it comes to stories that bear transposition to varying eras and settings, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) seems a prime example of a plot t...

HuffPost Review: Terri

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.30.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You have to give filmmaker Azazel Jacobs credit for fighting the formula in Terri, a tale of a teen outsider and his strange relationship with a sympathetic vice principal.

HuffPost Review: Larry Crowne

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Larry Crowne is a stealth comedy, low-key but consistently satisfying. It's a movie that focuses on the power of positivity without getting melodramatic about it.

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.