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Marshall Fine

Live From Marrakech: Saar Klein Talks the American Dream

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The film, which won the main prize at this year's Deauville Film Festival, is a character study of Bill (Wes Bentley), an insurance adjuster whose straight-arrow approach to life is shaken by what being jobless forces him to do.

Live From the Marrakech Film Festival: Dec. 8

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's the best thing about attending an event like the Marrakech International Film Festival: It's one of the rare opportunities that a critic has to truly walk into a screening knowing absolutely nothing about a film.

Interview: Jeremy Irons at the Marrakech Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The sun is sinking, and there's a nip in the air, so he's moved inside from a courtyard where he'd been doing a TV interview. But he admits he's been warmed by the appreciation he received during a tribute a couple of nights earlier at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Live From the Marrakech Film Festival: Dec. 7

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It was a three-movie day at the Marrakech International Film Festival, with all of the films set against stark, harsh vistas in which people scramble and struggle just to stay alive. The best of those was Far From Men, by director David Oelhoffen.

Live From the Marrakech Film Festival: Dec. 6

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I had never been invited to dine with royalty before I arrived at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Sundance, you've got a lot to live up to.

Movie Review: Wild -- Take a hike. Seriously.

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild offers an exceptional visual version of what could have been largely an interior journey.

Interview -- Gena Rowlands: 'There's Still Fun to Be Had'

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Impeccably turned out for a day of meeting the press, Gena Rowlands smiles when asked how old she feels. Then she says, "I feel 84, which is my age. And I'm very happy to have made it to this age."

Movie Review: Life Partners -- So?

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What happens to a certain kind of codependent friendship when one member finds a significant other? Life Partners, the first film by Susanna Fogel, would like to answer that question. Instead it settles for sitcom setups and punchlines. 

Movie Review: The Imitation Game - Decoding a Complex Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To my mind, The Imitation Game is the best film of the year: a gripping tale of wartime espionage and code-breaking that also manages to be the character study of an important figure whose contributions have been ignominiously ignored.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 -- Action, Interrupted

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point, it seems pretty pointless to review a new entry in The Hunger Games series. 

The Screen Image Deteriorates

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I sat in an early screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 last week, I realized that I was experiencing a first in my career -- which, at my age, is a rare thing.

'Belle' Actress Says 'Beyond The Lights' Shows Power Of Self

Associated Press | MARCELA IZASA | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a busy 2014. Earlier this year, she starred in "Belle," based on a true story about a ...

Movie Review: Rosewater -- Well-meaning

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

On a regular basis, I see many worse movies out there than Rosewater, Stewart's sometimes affecting, sometimes overly earnest film about an Iranian journalist thrown into solitary confinement by a regime that thinks he's a spy.

Movie Review: Foxcatcher - You'll want to wrestle with this movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I saw Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher at the Toronto Film Festival in September, I wrote that "Miller, in my estimation, has jumped into the class ...

Movie Review: The Homesman -- Have Patience

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No good deed goes unpunished in Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman. And that's how the West was won. 

Movie Review: Beyond the Lights -- Return of the Romantic Drama

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

On the surface, Beyond the Lights is about the unlikely romance between an L.A. cop named Kaz (Nate Parker) and a rising British pop star named Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). They meet when he subs for a pal doing private security work and winds up saving her from a suicide dive off her hotel balcony. 

Movie Review: Theory of Everything and Others

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking, from his days as a Cambridge grad student in physics to his breakthrough years as a faculty physicist. It also deals with his marriage to Jane (Felicity Jones), who weds him even though he's been given a death-sentence diagnosis of ALS.

Movie Review: Big Hero 6 -- The Future Starts Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The same Disney folks that brought you Bolt, The Emperor's New Groove and The Princess and the Frog return with Big Hero 6, a wildly imaginative action-comedy about super-tech-savvy kids somewhere in the near future. 

Movie Review: Interstellar -- Nolan's Overstuffed Vision

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Christopher Nolan's philosophy of filmmaking apparently is this: Why make one movie when you can make three? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

Movie Review: Nightcrawler - the new Network

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In depicting the world of local TV news in Los Angeles, Gilroy has created a kinetic joyride that surfs a giddy wave of dark wit and intelligence.

Interview -- Tony Gilroy: 'No Smart Big Movies'

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tony Gilroy made an appearance this week at The Picture House Film Club in Pelham, NY, where we screened Nightcrawler, which he produced for his brother Dan Gilroy, who wrote and directed.

Movie Review: Low Down -- Hooked on Cliches

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. Low Down, based on a memoir by his daughter, Amy, feels hackneyed, despite being a true story.

Movie Review: Force Majeure Who Are You, Exactly?

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everyone, at some point, wonders how they would react to a split-second emergency. Fight or flight? Leap into action or race for the exit? Or simply crumble?

Interview: Director Lynn Shelton on Laggies

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the organic nature of most of her work, Laggies should be a major departure for writer-director Lynn Shelton: the first film she directed that she didn't generate herself.

Movie Review: Citizenfour -- Sound the Alarm

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What is most astonishing, as you watch Laura Poitras' Citizenfour, is how calm everyone is. At least at first.