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Week in Film: 22 Jump Street, The Signal and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After I saw 22 Jump Street, I noted publicly that, while it was funnier than 21 Jump Street, so was my root canal. (Although the latter did include laughing gas.) Still, the bar wasn't particularly high.

Week in Film: X-Men, Love Punch, Words and Pictures

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you're keeping score at home, of the three Marvel comic-book movies so far this summer (a term I use advisedly for a season that technically doesn't start for another month), X-Men: Days of Future Past outranks Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is about on a par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Movie Review: Like Father, Like Son

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The set-up is a popular literary and cinematic plot contrivance: the switched-at-birth trope. But it is acted out in movingly stark relief in this story that also encompasses notions of nature-vs.-nurture, the distance between social classes and what fatherhood really means.

Movie Review: Walking With Dinosaurs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Walking With Dinosaurs, a 3D movie whose title suggests spending a day with the Republican leadership, is like a more expensive Land Before Time: bad writing, corny jokes and a weak (and familiar) plot.

Movie Review: World War Z

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ahhh yes, the zombie apocalypse -- that moment when the dead rise and, by biting the living, turn them into zombies as well. Some theorize that Patient Zero was Ronald Reagan.

Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a movie for 8-year-olds who haven't seen a lot of movies and provide fresh eyes for its tired gags. Anyone older will see every punchline coming long before it arrives.

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies won the weekend box-office race for a couple of reasons. It's a romantic comedy that works, for one thing. For another, it's a smart reworking of Romeo and Juliet.

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.

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: The Manzanar Fishing Club

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems like an innocuous title -- until you realize (or learn) that The Manzanar Fishing Club deals with one of this country's most shameful chapters: the internment of Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Movie review: Wallander: The Revenge

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Wallander: The Revenge is the first of the Swedish adaptations to reach this country, in the wake of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-inspired frenzy for Scandinavian mystery-thrillers.

Movie Review: Lovely Molly

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lovely Molly is a direct descendant of The Blair Witch Project. But this genre of horror film is played out -- or at least this slight, rarely unnerving effort makes it seem so.

Review: My Week With Marilyn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard now to conceive of just how huge a star Marilyn Monroe was at the peak of her fame in the mid-1950s. Take Lady Gaga, multiply her by Brangelina at their most visible -- and then take it to the 10th power.

Movie Review: Texas Killing Fields

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.17.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is one of those thrillers that relies on the unreliability of cell phones for suspense. It also layers on a testy relationship between a pair of divorced cops (Worthington and the ever-present Jessica Chastain) who are forced to work together.

HuffPost Review: Another Earth

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a difference between thinking big thoughts and telling a profound story, a difference that has escaped writer-director William Cahill with his film, Another Earth.

HuffPost Review: The Perfect Host

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nobody's perfect, least of all The Perfect Host, a thriller that quickly spins out of control, despite a daring performance by David Hyde Pierce in the title role.

HuffPost Review: Something Borrowed

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How do you make a watchable Kate Hudson movie? By pretending it's a Kate Hudson movie, and then keeping her off-screen for great chunks of the film. That leaves more screen time for the utterly delicious Ginnifer Goodwin.

Movie Review: The Conspirator

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As he did with Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford uses The Conspirator to construct a conscience-pricking drama that tells one story while commenting (no...

HuffPost Review: Rio

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Rio is a fish-out-of-water animated comedy about birds -- and, as those things go, it's cute and entertaining -- but not in an aggressive or annoying way.

HuffPost Review: Henry's Crime

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An oddball blend of crime tale and backstage comedy, Henry's Crime is a deadpan delight, an unexpected treat that offers the fire-and-ice teaming of Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga.