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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.

Movie Review: Laggies -- Start Your Engines

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This blithe romantic comedy just jumps right in, introducing Megan (Keira Knightley) and her high school pals as they prepare for the wedding of one of them, Allison (Ellie Kemper). Megan is the only one who isn't really launched in life, though she lives with her high school boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) -- and they were, after all, voted best couple back in the day.

Movie Review: Birdman -- Taking Flight

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The premise itself will bring a chuckle, if you get it. A former movie action star, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), wants to win back his legitimacy as a serious actor. So he has not only written a stage adaptation of Raymond Carver short stories, he's directing it and playing the lead role.

Movie Review: Fury -- War Is Hell

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Ayer's Fury is one of the few that warrants its length (or most of it). Brutal, punishing and exciting -- in that order -- Fury gives you an approximation of what it would be like to spend a few action-packed days trapped inside an under-equipped American tank toward the end of WWII.

Movie Review: The Judge -- Call a Recess

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Judge is, in its way, the kind of old-fashioned potboiler -- a courtroom drama -- that the studios made regularly when the studios actually thought there was an audience for films about adult concerns.

Interview: Theodore Melfi and the Coming of St. Vincent

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having plumbed his own life for material for his new film, St. Vincent, writer-director Theodore Melfi could probably do the same thing with the story of how the film got made.

Movie Review: St. Vincent -- The Passion of St. Bill

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With St. Vincent, Murray gives his most soulful performance since Lost in Translation. As Vincent McKenna, he gets to unleash a growling, dyspeptic misanthrope unlike any he has played before.

Movie Review: Whiplash -- The Beat Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This smart, razor-edged film has been out there, tantalizing critics and viewers, ever since it caused a sensation with its debut at Sundance in January.

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger -- Get the Message Out

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare journalism movie that gets it right when it comes to depicting the day-to-day on a daily newspaper.

Movie Review: Men, Women & Children -- Save yourself

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a novel by Chad Kultgen,  Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is a multi-character film that wants to deliver a message about how our burgeoning electronic connectivity -- through phones and computers -- has actually distanced us from each other.

New York Film Festival 2014: The More Things Change...

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been covering the New York Film Festival since 1987 and have, over the years, developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, as an institution (specifically, Film Society of Lincoln Center) and as a festival.

Interview: Director Michael Cuesta on Kill the Messenger

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of reporter Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper journalist in the 1990s who documented CIA involvement in importing cocaine in the 1980s, to help fund the Contras in Nicaragua -- and then was hounded out of journalism.

Movie Review: Gone Girl -- Let's Do the Twist

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There hasn't been a twisty, best-selling legal thriller whose film version was as anticipated as Gone Girl since, I would say, Presumed Innocent.

Movie Review: The Good Lie -- Emotional Honesty

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It would be easy to dismiss The Good Lie as manipulative, a movie aimed at the tear ducts (and we all know you can't trust a movie about emotions).

Movie Review: The Two Faces of January -- Peeling the Onion

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Two Faces of January is a movie that sheds layers like an onion, gradually revealing the dark heart at its core.

Movie Review: The Equalizer -- Denzel Kicks Butt Again

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is always an audience for actors in late middle-age who know how to kick serious ass. Charles Bronson was 53 when he made Death Wish, Liam Neeson was 54 when he did Taken and Clint Eastwood was 73 when he did Gran Torino.

Movie Review: Pride Proudly Crosses Lines

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pride is the kind of movie that is best seen without knowing its storyline going in. Because it delivers something quite different than you expect, based on the kind of movie it seems to be.