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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I lost count of the number of noggins that were perforated by hot lead in Bullet to the Head, but it was more than a dozen. Henchman apparently is a particularly dangerous job description, at least in this movie.

Movie Review: Girls Against Boys

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It would be too easy to dismiss Girls Against Boys as a simplistic horror-thriller, but there is much more going on here.

Movie Review: Knife Fight

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Knife Fight is about on a level with the kind of comedy that shows up on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, with casts full of aging former TV stars. Movies like this give political satire a bad name.

Movie Review: LUV

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sheldon Candis' LUV is a rough coming-of-age tale that establishes Common as a rapper who could easily put his music career behind him and concentrate on acting.

Movie Review: Broken City

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Allen Hughes' Broken City has the bones and perhaps even the DNA of a better, darker and more interesting film. It isn't awful, just kind of pale and predictable.

Movie Review: On the Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's taken me a while to get around to it, but I wanted to offer a nod of approval for Walter Salles' On the Road, which came out in limited release at the end of 2012.

Movie Review: The Baytown Outlaws

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I kept wanting to dismiss The Baytown Outlaws and it kept yanking me back into it. Again, I emphasize that it has no interest in being a great film, just an entertaining one with a grindhouse ethos.

Movie Review: Gangster Squad

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You get the feeling that Ruben Fleischer would have been happy to make an homage to the gangster movies of the 1940s (filtered through both a 1970s and a 21st-century perspective) when he was making Gangster Squad.

Movie Review: Quartet

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Quartet is harmless, a mild blend of comedy and sentiment, heavy on the sentiment and, unfortunately, far too light on the comedy.

Movie Review: Promised Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I wanted to like Promised Land and certainly agree with its politics. So why did it feel like a preaching-to-the-converted letdown?

Movie Review: The Impossible

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a parent to appreciate the horror, the challenge and the determination involved in the story of The Impossible -- or to be plunged into the mindset of "What would I have done?"

Movie Review: This Is 40

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Foul-mouthed without being particularly funny, involved without being compelling, Judd Apatow's This Is 40 wants to be deeper than it really is. Which is an Apatowian trademark.

Movie Review: Not Fade Away

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Chase's Not Fade Away is one of my favorite films of 2012, a heartfelt but clear-eyed look at what it's like to be a teen-ager who falls in love with rock'n'roll.

Movie Review: Jack Reacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's nothing wrong with Jack Reacher that couldn't be helped by losing 15 or 20 minutes of exposition and other kinds of explaining.

Movie Review: Amour

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Clinical and self-contained, Amour still achieves an emotional level that probably would dismay the dispassionate Haneke.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Hobbit entranced me in a way that made me forget about the technology and just plug into the movie itself. By the end, I wasn't even resenting the clunky 3D glasses.

Movie Review: Any Day Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Any Day Now is one of those movies that should get people talking, whether it's about the issues it raises or the performance it contains. It's one of the year's gems and worth the effort to track it down and see it.

Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.

Review: California Solo

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a season that's packed with big-budget headline-grabbers, it's hard for a quiet but compelling film such as California Solo to get a little attention. Make the effort to find it; you won't be sorry.

Movie Review: Rust and Bone

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The visual trickery will catch your attention -- but it's the performance behind it that will hold you and move you in Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone, opening Friday in limited release.

Review: Anna Karenina

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With Keira Knightley as the muse, Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard transform Tolstoy's classic into a film that is emotionally wrenching, even as it turns the world it depicts inside out.

Review: Starlet

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Starlet, opening Friday in limited release, may be one of the year's most surprising little movies, a tough-minded, low-budget tale that never quite leads you where it seems to be going.

Review: Flight

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Robert Zemeckis' Flight is a character study disguised as a thriller. The near-crash is just the beginning of the story -- and the story is not what you think.

Review: Fun Size

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Imagine investing the price of a movie ticket in as many fun-size candy bars as that sum will buy -- and then eating them all in one sitting. Imagine how you would feel -- and it would still be better than how you feel after sitting through Fun Size.

Review: The Other Son

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a lot of ways Lorraine Levy could have gone with the premise of The Other Son, opening in limited release Friday. Thankfully, she took the least-expected one.