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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Upside Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As allegories go, Juan Diego Solanas' Upside Down is about as deep as that famous Frank Gorshin Star Trek episode -- we're talking classic Star Trek, mind you.

Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a movie for 8-year-olds who haven't seen a lot of movies and provide fresh eyes for its tired gags. Anyone older will see every punchline coming long before it arrives.

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's populated with characters who seem to have no interior life -- only a devotion to the pursuit of sensation via the eternal party. And, in his own oblique way, Korine offers commentary about just how empty that world is.

Movie Review: Emperor

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Emperor doesn't reimagine history so much as use it as the jumping-off point for a fictional historical romance set against the backdrop of impending war, when everything seems more vital and in-the-moment. Except for this sometimes plodding film.

Movie Review: Oz, the Great and Powerful

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

James Franco, the Energizer bunny of actors, plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician in a second-rate traveling circus first seen doing his show to a small crowd in the black-and-white Kansas of the early 20th Century.

Movie Review: The Sweeney

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Ray Winstone has been a TV star in Great Britain since the mid-1970s, a lot of Americans got their first sighting of the beefy British actor with Gary Oldman's 1997's Nil By Mouth or 2000's Sexy Beast.

Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A roiling visual extrusion rendered from computer-generated imagery, Jack the Giant Slayer makes you long for the days of Ray Harryhausen.

Movie Review: Stoker

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chan-wook Park's Stoker is audaciously, in-your-face creepy and exhilarating in a way few films have been since David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Because it's not just the creepiness -- but the way Park gets you involved in his world so that you can't look away.

Movie Review: A Place at the Table

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A Place At the Table, with talking heads ranging from Jeff Bridges to Tom Colicchio, all of them articulate and impassioned, is a film that should make you furious.

Movie Review: Inescapable

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a number of people whose work I admire involved with Inescapable. So allow me to say some nice things about them before I talk about what is so wrong with this movie.

Movie Reviews: Red Flag, Rubberneck

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Alex Karpovsky actually has two films out the same day: Red Flag and Rubberneck. They also happen to be surprising and compelling, in very separate ways.

Movie Review: A Good Day to Skip Die Hard 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

According to box-office pundits, A Good Day to Die Hard will be the big box-office winner this holiday weekend. If the predictions hold true, this film confirms the conventional wisdom: People want what's familiar, no matter how hackneyed and repetitive.

Movie Review: Lore

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Shortland's film has an occasionally detached, whispery quality, as the camera focuses on the nature around Lore and her group. These Malick-like moments take us out of the story, for better or worse, depending on your point of view.

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies won the weekend box-office race for a couple of reasons. It's a romantic comedy that works, for one thing. For another, it's a smart reworking of Romeo and Juliet.

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?"