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Marshall Fine Movie Review

HuffPost Review: Going the Distance

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Going the Distance is a surprisingly funny movie. It's not great - not by a long shot. But it made me laugh on a much more regular basis than I expected. And that's not something I can discount easily.

HuffPost Review: Max Manus

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Max Manus is not just about the derring-do and narrow escapes. It is also about the strain of living an underground life and the courage to fight for one's beliefs against seemingly impossible odds.

Movie Review: Machete

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Robert Rodriguez is one of those rare filmmakers whose movies -- for better or worse -- always come alive with his sheer enjoyment of making them. In the case of Machete, that's a good thing.

HuffPost Review: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems like a weirdly cross-cultural idea: Chinese master Zhang Yimou does a remake of the Coen brothers' debut film, Blood Simple. If the film lacks the dryly mordant Coen wit, it offers other pleasures -- but also some problems.

Movie Review: The American

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The American is not an audience movie in the generally recognized sense of the term. Instead, it's an art film. Anyone who goes in expecting it to be in any way a typical Hollywood product will be sorely disappointed.

HuffPost Review: Takers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

August is a dumping ground for movies, a time when the multiplexes are flooded with leftover product, as opposed to films. Still, occasionally, a gem sneaks in -- a movie that someone has underestimated. Takers is not that film.

HuffPost Review: Flipped

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Flipped wants both laughs and a lump-in-the-throat ending. Unfortunately, it earns neither.

Movie Review: The Mesrine Films

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mention The Godfather or Scarface or Goodfellas -- it doesn't matter which American gangster epic you reference, chances are Jean-Francois Richet's pair of Mesrine films stack up pretty well by comparison.

HuffPost Review: Centurion

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you did a mashup of Gladiator and Braveheart and remade it as a videogame, you'd probably wind up with something like the mildly engaging action-thrillerCenturion.

HuffPost Review: The Last Exorcism

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I cautiously invoke the spirit of The Blair Witch Project to discuss The Last Exorcism, as taut and economical a horror film as I've seen in a long time. It opens Friday.

HuffPost Review: Lottery Ticket

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The less said about Lottery Ticket, the better. The odds of you laughing at this weak and obvious comedy are about the same as winning the lottery.

Movie Review: Mao's Last Dancer

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I once had an editor question whether I meant it as an insult when I referred to a film as "middlebrow." The answer was yes. Bruce Beresford's Mao's Last Dancer is a middlebrow film.

HuffPost Review: The Tillman Story

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Tillman Story will stoke your anger -- not only at the senseless waste of the life of an athlete and patriot, but the government's concerted effort to turn it into a propaganda win.

HuffPost Review: A Film Unfinished

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As Yael Hersonski's documentary, A Film Unfinished, shows, even in documentary film, seeing wasn't always believing -- and the Nazis knew this.

Eat Pray Love? Try Cairo Time instead

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

His two films have similarities that can't be overlooked -- but I'll take the quiet, beguiling Cairo Time over the picturesquely feel-good Eat Pray Love, thanks.

HuffPost Review: Tales From Earthsea

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm sure that Tales from Earthsea, taken from the science-fiction writing of Ursula LeGuin, will entertain undiscriminating young viewers and will probably thrill anime lovers. It left me bored and impatient.

HuffPost Review: Animal Kingdom

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Darwin would easily recognize the struggle for survival in David Michod's gritty, gripping Animal Kingdom. And he would be quick to point out that, while strength rules, intelligence survives.

HuffPost Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The summer's unlikeliest action hero turns out to be Michael Cera, playing the title role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a comedy that mocks its own proportions, right down to the title.

Movie Review: Middle Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Middle Men" wants to be Boogie Nights for the Internet. Two crucial problems: Writer-director George Gallo isn't nearly the storyteller that Paul Thomas Anderson is. And this film stars Luke Wilson.

Movie Review: The Other Guys

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's probably better than you expect -- but definitely not as good as you wish. Ferrell's website is called Funny or Die; I suppose this entry would avoid a death sentence, but just barely.

HuffPost Review: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Alice Creed is a wonderfully tense exercise in the mathematics of three -- how many different alliances, betrayals and conflicts can you extrapolate out of a gritty crime story with only three characters?

HuffPost Review: Cairo Time

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cairo Time seduces the viewer with its beauty. It pulls you into another world so deeply that you are disappointed at having to leave it at the end.

HuffPost Review: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's disappointing that Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel isn't a better movie. Not that it's a bad one. But, were cable standards a little less skittish, it would fit right in on the Biography channel.

HuffPost Review: The Concert

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Concert is a feel-good film and a revelation, a movie that celebrates the idea that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. And that it can also be good for a few laughs.

HuffPost Review: The Dry Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Small, focused and moving, The Dry Land is part of a growing body of films about the fallout from the wrong-headed decision to wage a preemptive war on Iraq.