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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Mr. Turner -- Go Toward the Light

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Had he been born in a different time and place, painter J.M.W. Turner might have been a member of the Hudson River School, a group of artists who worked in the second half of the 19th century, after Turner's 1851 death.

Movie Review: Inherent Vice -- Tripping... and Stumbling

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Inherent Vice squanders a strong start in an orgy of wheel-spinning. Perhaps Anderson is indulging himself with one of those lengthy jokes in which the punchline is that there's no punchline.

Movie Review: Wild -- Take a hike. Seriously.

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild offers an exceptional visual version of what could have been largely an interior journey.

Movie Review: Life Partners -- So?

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What happens to a certain kind of codependent friendship when one member finds a significant other? Life Partners, the first film by Susanna Fogel, would like to answer that question. Instead it settles for sitcom setups and punchlines. 

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 -- Action, Interrupted

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point, it seems pretty pointless to review a new entry in The Hunger Games series. 

Movie Review: Happy Valley -- Kettle, Meet Pot

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amir Bar-Lev's documentary, Happy Valley, about the Penn State sex scandal that unfolded from mid-2011 to 2012, may surprise people.

'Belle' Actress Says 'Beyond The Lights' Shows Power Of Self

Associated Press | MARCELA IZASA | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a busy 2014. Earlier this year, she starred in "Belle," based on a true story about a ...

Movie Review: Rosewater -- Well-meaning

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

On a regular basis, I see many worse movies out there than Rosewater, Stewart's sometimes affecting, sometimes overly earnest film about an Iranian journalist thrown into solitary confinement by a regime that thinks he's a spy.

Movie Review: Foxcatcher - You'll want to wrestle with this movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I saw Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher at the Toronto Film Festival in September, I wrote that "Miller, in my estimation, has jumped into the class ...

Movie Review: The Homesman -- Have Patience

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No good deed goes unpunished in Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman. And that's how the West was won. 

Movie Review: Beyond the Lights -- Return of the Romantic Drama

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

On the surface, Beyond the Lights is about the unlikely romance between an L.A. cop named Kaz (Nate Parker) and a rising British pop star named Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). They meet when he subs for a pal doing private security work and winds up saving her from a suicide dive off her hotel balcony. 

Movie Review: Interstellar -- Nolan's Overstuffed Vision

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Christopher Nolan's philosophy of filmmaking apparently is this: Why make one movie when you can make three? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

Movie Review: Nightcrawler - the new Network

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In depicting the world of local TV news in Los Angeles, Gilroy has created a kinetic joyride that surfs a giddy wave of dark wit and intelligence.

Movie Review: Force Majeure Who Are You, Exactly?

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everyone, at some point, wonders how they would react to a split-second emergency. Fight or flight? Leap into action or race for the exit? Or simply crumble?

Movie Review: Laggies -- Start Your Engines

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This blithe romantic comedy just jumps right in, introducing Megan (Keira Knightley) and her high school pals as they prepare for the wedding of one of them, Allison (Ellie Kemper). Megan is the only one who isn't really launched in life, though she lives with her high school boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) -- and they were, after all, voted best couple back in the day.

Movie Review: Birdman -- Taking Flight

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The premise itself will bring a chuckle, if you get it. A former movie action star, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), wants to win back his legitimacy as a serious actor. So he has not only written a stage adaptation of Raymond Carver short stories, he's directing it and playing the lead role.

Movie Review: Fury -- War Is Hell

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Ayer's Fury is one of the few that warrants its length (or most of it). Brutal, punishing and exciting -- in that order -- Fury gives you an approximation of what it would be like to spend a few action-packed days trapped inside an under-equipped American tank toward the end of WWII.

Movie Review: The Judge -- Call a Recess

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Judge is, in its way, the kind of old-fashioned potboiler -- a courtroom drama -- that the studios made regularly when the studios actually thought there was an audience for films about adult concerns.

Movie Review: St. Vincent -- The Passion of St. Bill

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With St. Vincent, Murray gives his most soulful performance since Lost in Translation. As Vincent McKenna, he gets to unleash a growling, dyspeptic misanthrope unlike any he has played before.

Movie Review: Whiplash -- The Beat Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This smart, razor-edged film has been out there, tantalizing critics and viewers, ever since it caused a sensation with its debut at Sundance in January.

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger -- Get the Message Out

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare journalism movie that gets it right when it comes to depicting the day-to-day on a daily newspaper.

Movie Review: Men, Women & Children -- Save yourself

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a novel by Chad Kultgen,  Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is a multi-character film that wants to deliver a message about how our burgeoning electronic connectivity -- through phones and computers -- has actually distanced us from each other.

Movie Review: The Two Faces of January -- Peeling the Onion

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Two Faces of January is a movie that sheds layers like an onion, gradually revealing the dark heart at its core.

Movie Review: The Equalizer -- Denzel Kicks Butt Again

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is always an audience for actors in late middle-age who know how to kick serious ass. Charles Bronson was 53 when he made Death Wish, Liam Neeson was 54 when he did Taken and Clint Eastwood was 73 when he did Gran Torino.

Movie Review: Pride Proudly Crosses Lines

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pride is the kind of movie that is best seen without knowing its storyline going in. Because it delivers something quite different than you expect, based on the kind of movie it seems to be.