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Marshall Fine

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.

Interview: Director Barry Levinson, The Bay and Being Independent

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It was supposed to be a documentary about the dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. But the material he was reading about the pollution of the bay was too scary. So director Barry Levinson made a horror movie instead: The Bay.

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.

Interview: Actor Alan Cumming, Any Day Now and Gay Adoption

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Alan Cumming knows a little bit about feeling like a second-class citizen. After all, aside from being a gay man in a straight-dominated world, he's also a Scot who's lived in London.

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.

Don't Believe the Hype

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The dividing lines have already been drawn -- and continue to be drawn -- about what should or shouldn't be among the year-end awards contenders. And the biggest line, of course, has to do with The Master.

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.

Review: Argo

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a little early to be proclaiming Ben Affleck's Argo the best movie of the year -- but one of the best? No question.

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: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

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.

Toronto Festival Conclusions: The Oscar race Begins

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While this year's best-picture winner may in fact have played at TIFF 2012, there was no huge critical groundswell around a realistic contender, the way there was last year.

Live From Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's easy to mock the feelings it evokes, but that's a shallow reading of a much deeper film. Cloud Atlas is one of the best films I've seen this year and one of the most satisfying.

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.

Defending Fact-based Reality Against Propaganda

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While visiting family in the Midwest recently, I was startled when two different relatives asked me, "Have you seen that film 2016?" Both were eager t...

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.

Review: Bachelorette

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedies in which women talk dirty and act stupid and horny -- is this such a hard to genre to get right?