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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

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.

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: 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...

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...