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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

HuffPost Review: The Extra Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's tempting to give The Extra Man a pass on the basis of Kevin Kline's performance alone. But there's a hole in the center of The Extra Man. And its name is Paul Dano.

Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I kept waiting for Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks to run out of steam or jokes. But it rarely did.

HuffPost Review: Countdown to Zero

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I still marvel at the simplicity and effectiveness of Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth as a model of a documentary that manages to...

HuffPost Review: Life During Wartime

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been a fan of Todd Solondz's dark, even mean-spirited brand of humiliation comedy since Welcome to the Dollhouse, and the squirmy problems of his put-upon heroine, Dawn Weiner. But he lost me with Life During Wartime.

Movie Review: Salt

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

From start to finish, Salt is the very definition of a solid summer popcorn movie: fast, exciting, suspenseful, adrenalized -- and, most important, smart.

HuffPost Review: Farewell

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carion's Farewell is that rare surprise -- a political thriller that's more about the emotional components of espionage than it is about the adrenalized mechanics of an operation.

HuffPost Review: Kisses

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Short, sweet and full of unexpected moments, the rough-and-tumble little Irish film Kisses is a surprise and a treat.

Movie Review: Inception

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nolan's ingenious film never loses its ability to surprise and contains one of those overwhelming visual moments that become iconic -- like that first shot of Darth Vader's spaceship in the first Star Wars.

HuffPost Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unfortunately, The Sorcerer's Apprentice wants to be a 21st century version of Ghostbusters, with ancient spirits and magic and the wisecracks and hilariously deadpan mentor with his panicked young student.

Movie review: Despicable Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A kind of animated James Bond film in reverse - because it's set in a world of only villains - Despicable Me is an imaginative computer-generated come...

HuffPost Review: Predators

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

For a movie like Predators, you don't need a deep script -- just one that understands how to make people laugh when it's not making them scream. Unfortunately, Predators doesn't do much with any of those elements.

HuffPost Review: The Kids Are All Right

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Kids Are All Right is about the perils and pleasures of peeling back the layers of a settled life. The audience winds up the recipient of an insightful and touching story.

Movie review: Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the general attention-deficit disorder that afflicts the public - when they pay attention to the news long enough for anything substantial to re...

Movie review: Iron Man 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Even super-heroes suffer from sophomore slump and Iron Man is no exception.

Movie Review: Mother and Child

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Schematic though it may be, Mother and Child packs a punch, though a graceful one, to be sure. It unwraps its surprises in ways that pay off as the movie goes on.

HuffPost Review: Babies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thomas Balmes takes the approach of making this documentary about four different babies like an old-school nature film -- one that allows its images and characters to tell the story for it.

Movie Review: The Last Airbender

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There were cheers at the end of The Last Airbender from parts of the all-media audience with which I saw it, though I wasn't sure why.

Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you drop the whole supernatural thing for a moment, however, Eclipse is just another teen-age soap opera about the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob.

HuffPost Review: Great Directors

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The title of the film Great Directors is exceptionally misleading, given that its real title should be People Whose Films I Like and Who Agreed to Be Interviewed By Me on Camera For This Movie.