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Movie Review: Two Days, One Night -- Your Money or My Life

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

But their newest, Two Days, One Night, pulled me in almost instantly and held me to its gripping conclusion. It's a small story -- an individual's fight for her economic life and that of her family in the suburbs of Liege, Belgium.

Movie Review: Into the Woods -- We All Die. The End.

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods arrives on the big screen 27 years after it opened on Broadway -- and with the same second-act problems that have plagued it through the years.

Movie Review: Unbroken barely scratches the surface

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I happened to see Angelina Jolie's Unbroken before I read the Laura Hillenbrand book about the life of the amazing Louis Zamperini. My guest for an ...

Movie Review: American Sniper - Shooting blanks

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The two most disappointing films of the season should have been two of the most gripping: Unbroken (also opening on Christmas) and Clint Eastwood's ...

Movie Review: Big Eyes ...of the Beholder

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At heart, Big Eyes is a just a drama about a codependent relationship that strays into abusiveness, in which the wife finally finds the strength to ...

Movie Review: The Gambler -- Snake-eyes

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I bristle whenever Hollywood decides that it's time to remake a film from the recent past (although, with a history of cinema that only extends a little over 100 years, it's ALL the recent past).

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jackson has done something that will likely never be done again: It's not just that he got these movies made the way he wanted -- but that the way he did it was of such consistently high quality.

Movie Review: Mr. Turner -- Go Toward the Light

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Had he been born in a different time and place, painter J.M.W. Turner might have been a member of the Hudson River School, a group of artists who worked in the second half of the 19th century, after Turner's 1851 death.

Movie Review: Inherent Vice -- Tripping... and Stumbling

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Inherent Vice squanders a strong start in an orgy of wheel-spinning. Perhaps Anderson is indulging himself with one of those lengthy jokes in which the punchline is that there's no punchline.

Live from the Marrakech Film Festival: Growing the Moroccan Film Industry

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some festivals double as markets -- where films without distribution come to be seen and purchased -- and make up in quantity what they may lack in quality. Marrakech is more about the movies themselves, and offers a limited slate of titles.

Live from the Marrakech Film Festival: Ritesh Batra on Jury Duty

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sitting in a courtyard on the grounds of La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech, filmmaker Ritesh Batra admits that one of the best parts of being a member of the jury for the competition at the Marrakech International Film Festival is actually getting the chance to watch movies.

Live From the Marrakech Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've been to Ouarzazate, Morocco -- at least visually -- even if you don't know it.

Live From Marrakech: Saar Klein Talks the American Dream

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 ...