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Marshall Fine

Movie Review: Samba -- Touching Human Tale

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When the subject is immigration, outrage tends to outshout empathy. There's a lot of fear but not a lot of humanity. Which is why Samba is a film that could make a difference.

Omar Sy and Samba: Fine French imports

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Americans may not be familiar with him yet but, at this moment in time, Omar Sy is the biggest movie star in France.

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Movie Review: Ant-Man -- Hold the insecticide

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I believe comic-book movies -- and the overweening Comic-Con mentality that has consumed the Hollywood studios -- are strangling the movie industry, in part because these movies are so generic. Which may be why I enjoyed Ant-Man so much.

Movie Review: Trainwreck -- Taking the Local to Comedy

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To my mind, Trainwreck is both a very funny movie -- and yet another example of Apatow's inability to edit himself. Like every movie he's made, this one has several big laughs -- and could easily be 20 minutes shorter. 

Movie Review: Self/less -- Brain Drain

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The idea of human consciousness going mobile is an intriguing one: What if you could actually trade minds with another person? That's the premise of Self/less, a disappointing mind-transfer tale notable for its performances if not its dramaturgy.

Movie Review: Minions -- Enough Is Too Much

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The creators of Minions obviously never heard either of two complementary expressions: "A little goes a long way" and "too much of a good thing."

Tears, Tears and More Tears: On Crying at the Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crying at movies seems to happen more frequently of late. A side effect of aging? Perhaps that's just the way it works. I am not embarrassed by the fact that I have this tendency more often of late. Not that I don't take grief about it from my grown sons.

Live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.

Movie Review: Batkid Begins -- Summer Bright Spot

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dana Nachman's touching, funny nonfiction film, Batkid Begins, is sheer delight. Instead of something maudlin and manipulative, Nachman has assembled what may be the year's most joyous and surprising movie. 

Write On: Nantucket Honors Robert Towne

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Writer Robert Towne chuckles at a question about how young the executives in Hollywood are these days, how short the institutional memory about great work of the past is -- and whether that has an impact on getting his phone calls returned.

Movie Review: The Overnight -- No Sleeping

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running time. 

Movie Review: Dope -- Geeks Rule

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've heard Rick Famuyiwa's Dope referred to as Nerdz 'N the Hood, which is apt -- although a better comparison would be Risky Business.

The Jurassic Puppet Show

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

And I'm not talking about Avenue Q or Hand to God or the various Muppet movies or anything else in which the idea of the puppet is as much a part of the joke as anything else.

The World Through a Bubble

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I have a bubble in my eye. My doctor jokes that I can use it to make sure the photos on the wall are level. He tells me that, eventually, it will...

Movie Review: Entourage -- Cashing the check

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The principal problem with Entourage as a movie: There are barely as many laughs in its slack 104 minutes as in the average 30-minute episode. Which makes it a lot like the Sex and the City movies.

Movie Review: Results May Vary

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Andrew Bujalski's Results is a surprising little romantic comedy that never goes where you expect, even as it creates a story built on a triad of characters striving to be better -- in some way. As Bujalski seems well aware, there's who you think you want to be and who you really are. The distance between those two points is where things get interesting.

Movie Review: San Andreas -- Rumble. Tumble. Yawn.

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Each generation of special effects creates its own avalanche of disaster films: movies about disasters that are themselves disastrous.

The Maron/Maron split

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No one is more surprised to find Marc Maron sitting securely atop a tidy little media empire than Maron himself. As his self-titled series on the IFC channel, Maron, enters its third season, there's a marked fork in the path between the fortunes of Marc Maron, the TV character, and Marc Maron, the actor who portrays him.

Movie Review: 1001 Grams -- The Measure of Life

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I am a big fan of Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer. The Norwegian films of his that have made it to American screens -- Kitchen Stories, O'Horten and now 1001 Grams (currently in limited release) reveal a miniaturist dealing in microcosms that reveal the world.

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road -- Taking the Long Way

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"Fury Road" is less a sequel than a reimagining of this post-apocalyptic mythology.

Movie Review: The D Train -- Hop Aboard

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As squirm comedies go, The D Train is a breed apart, a film that puts new spin on the bromance. 

Nils Lofgren: The Sun Hasn't Set on This Boy Yet

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I sat at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York Monday evening watching Nils Lofgren do a stunning 90-minute solo show, I was hurtled 40 years back in time, when writing about rock'n'roll was as much a passion for me as writing about movies.

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron -- The End Is Nigh

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

These feel like cinematic end times -- not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, "hey, it's good enough" approach of critics to the colossus that bestrides summer movies, otherwise known as the Marvel Universe.

Live from the Tribeca Film Festival: Wrapping Up

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I'm in New York, the Tribeca screenings have to get in line with all the other things on my calendar -- and most of those take precedence over spending Saturday or Sunday at a multiplex in Battery Park City watching films I probably wouldn't review even if they were released.