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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What is Cloud Atlas about? In various ways, it examines the nature of tyranny and the human instinct toward freedom. It is about the search for truth and the many obstacles that stand in the way of that search.

Movie Review: Smashed

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best films about recovery from addiction are not about reaching rock bottom and making that choice to stop. Rather, like Smashed, they're about the very real and difficult task of going on, in an emotionally unshielded and intensely vulnerable way.

Movie Review: Taken 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How much bad luck can one family have? Enough for a hit movie -- Taken -- and what I assume the makers hope is a hit sequel: Taken 2.

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not one who worships at the altar of Tim Burton, probably disliking his films as often as I am moved by them. But I fell hard for Frankenweenie, an extrapolation of a short film Burton made almost 30 years ago.

Review: Butter

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Would Butter be a funnier movie if Michele Bachmann were still at the center of the American political conversation?

Movie Review: The Paperboy

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lee Daniels' touch is all over this movie, which is as sensational as it is nonsensical, with its overheated blend of sex, race and murder.

Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which he adapted from his young-adult novel, gets it right in too many ways to ignore.

Movie Review: Trouble With the Curve

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Think of Trouble with the Curve as the anti-Moneyball: a movie that dismisses Billy Bean and Bill James' data-centric approach to quantifying baseball talent, in favor of old-fashioned gut instinct.

Review: Arbitrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"Family -- it's what really matters," says Robert Miller (Richard Gere), or words to that effect, to a gathering in his posh Fifth Avenue townhouse that includes his wife (Susan Sarandon), grown children, grandchildren and friends, who have assembled to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Review: Snowman's Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Casually brutal, drily (but only intermittently) funny and frequently just plain strange, the German Snowman's Land is a gloomy comedy that's funnier in theory than in practice.

Movie Review: The Master

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the evidence of The Master and his last film, There Will Be Blood, I'd offer this: Anderson seems bent on making movies that challenge the viewer to figure out what he's really about.

Movie Review: The Words

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stories within stories -- The Words sometimes threatens to swallow itself whole. The fact that it doesn't is a tribute to writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.

Movie Review: Keep the Lights On

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On starts with a credit montage of bad paintings. His protagonist, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), is first seen cruising gay-sex phone chatlines looking for company.