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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

HuffPost Review: Please Give

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Should scavengers feel guilt? Obviously they don't in nature - that whole circle of life thing. But the modern jackals and vultures - culture vulture...

HuffPost Review: Love Ranch

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Love Ranch is neither a nostalgic look back at a simpler time nor a modern take on emerging or changing sexual standards. Instead, it's just another tawdry soap opera, tarted up with bigger names.

HuffPost Review: Harry Brown

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Harry Brown is hard and violent, a thriller that makes no pretense about the explicit toll of violence. But it's built around a strong character and an award-winning kind of performance by Michael Caine.

HuffPost Review: Mercy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Scott Caan has kind of a blocky build, brawny even - barrel-chested, short-waisted. He also has a perhaps-genetically infused look of cockiness that g...

HuffPost Review: Grown Ups

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Grown Ups is a scam on the audience. What's alarming is that there is an entire generation who consider these guys the comedy touchstones of their era. This is why Generation X is doomed.

Movie review: Knight and Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Even as he approaches 50, Tom Cruise broadens his range -- maybe not to a Cary Grant level of charm, perhaps, but certainly to something a lot less determined and disciplined than usual: something that approaches actual goofiness.

HuffPost Reviews: The Losers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I used to love comic-book movies, back in the day when they were more about attitude than CGI. But, between last week's Kick-Ass and now The Losers, I've lost my taste for them.

Movie Review: Jonah Hex

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonah Hex is such a colossal waste of time that even thinking about seeing it would squander precious seconds of your life.

HuffPost Review: Cyrus

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cyrus is a sneakily funny film, one with more emotional truth and wisdom than you'd expect, given the set-up. It's a deceptively perceptive curveball that goes right through the strike zone.

Movie Review: Toy Story 3

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Forget every other computer-animated film that's on the schedule for this summer: Toy Story 3, which is in 3D, is the one computer-animated film that you need to see.

HuffPost Review: Handsome Harry

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why isn't Jamey Sheridan a star? He's got that onscreen quality that commands attention, does work that's always interesting and has both talent and v...

Movie Review: Death at a Funeral

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Neil Labute's remake of Death at a Funeral is virtually a photocopy, in terms of the story it tells and the comedy beats it hits. Yet everything in this version is coarser and more obvious, aimed at a lowest-common-denominator audience.

HuffPost Review: The Killer Inside Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's a case where style (and the uber-creepy performance by Casey Affleck) inject the film with an energy and tension that almost compensate for its flaws.

Movie Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Almost as primal as the age-old dichotomy between good and evil is the struggle between art and commerce. Does the market taint the artist? Does the...

HuffPost Review: The Joneses

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I think about the dark arts, I don't imagine the hocus-pocus world of Harry Potter -- I think about marketing. So the world envisioned in The Joneses is entirely plausible - and often very funny.

HuffPost Review: The Secret in Their Eyes

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Juan Jose Campanella's The Secret of Their Eyes seemingly came out of nowhere to beat such critically favored films as The White Ribbon, Ajami and A Prophet for the foreign-film Oscar in March.

Movie Review: The City of Your Final Destination

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everybody has a story in James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination -- but not everyone is interested in having his or her story told.

Movie Review: Kick-Ass

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If only Kick-Ass were as nervy and entertaining as its brazen title. Unfortunately, the weakest part of Kick-Ass is, well, Kick-Ass himself.

Movie Review: The Karate Kid

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as producers of the remake of The Karate Kid tells it all. You can almost hear the meeting where the idea was hatched, with Will Smith doing the talking.

HuffPost Review: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The chemistry between the haughty Chanel and the reserved Igor is sizzling. The film opens a window into two very different creative minds and shows the sparks they strike.

HuffPost Review: Joan Rivers -- a Piece of Work

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedian Joan Rivers is, indeed, a piece of work. But you don't appreciate just what hard work it is until you see Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary, Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work."