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Goodbye Solo

This Critic's 20-minute Rule

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Over the years, I've developed what I refer to as the 20-minute rule. It basically says that a movie that hasn't hooked me in the first 20 minutes probably isn't going to.

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.

Steamed About 'Cultural Vegetables'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I was bemused when Dan Kois wrote his "aw shucks" piece in the New York Times in April about how, sometimes, he just can't get with the program when i...

2010: The Year in Non-Audience-Friendly Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's that time of year when critics get all nostalgic -- or up on their high horses, depending -- about the year that is rapidly drawing to a close. ...

Top Ten Greatest Films of 2009

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stanton Peele

It's that time of year again, the time when film critics and aficionados remind you of those great films - most of which you missed. Here are the top 10 movies of 2009.

The Year's Most Overrated Film - So Far

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Turgid and uneventful, Goodbye Solo is another under-paced, under-dramatized film that falls into "neo-neo-realism" category.