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Marshall Fine

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.

In Praise of Context

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are losing context. Every single day. And we don't seem to notice. Or care. We dispute it and disrespect it and otherwise dismiss it. Our love affair with all that is new, different and sensational leads us to fashion a society that has fewer and fewer ties to the past or memories of it.

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.

Wrapping up the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I write this, it's Sunday morning and I'm sitting on a train rolling along the Hudson River under gloomy skies in chilly weather, heading into Manh...

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At 71, director Michael Apted feels he's far from finished working in film -- though it gets increasingly difficult to make the kind of movies he most wants to make.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 3

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tuesday felt like a journey from the past into the future, as we spent the day wandering the old city souks in Dubai and spent the evening dining among the clouds in the highest restaurant in the world.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No two film festivals are alike -- and those of us who attend them professionally tend to judge them by different standards than the average festival-goers.

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.

Why 3D doesn't matter

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After seeing Life of Pi and The Hobbit, whose 48-frame-per-second 3D is game-changing, according to some observers, it feels like the right time for m...

Movie Review: Lay the Favorite

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

But despite a cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn and Catherine Zeta-Jones -- and a director like Stephen Frears -- Lay the Favorite just kind of, well, lays there.

Director Finds Key to California Solo

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lewy had the idea for a Brit living in the U.S., even as he was researching America's immigration bureaucracy. His discussions with immigration lawyers sparked the idea for the film.

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: Red Dawn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The new Red Dawn isn't that much better than the original and doesn't make much more sense. About the only thing it doesn't do is make the imposing of Sharia law part of its package of horrors.

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.

Movie Review: Hitchcock

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sacha Gervasi's film, from a script by John J. McLaughlin (and based on a book by Stephen Rebello), is fun in all the ways that The Girl was not.