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Marshall Fine

Movie Review: Force Majeure Who Are You, Exactly?

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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.

Movie Review: This Is Where I Leave You

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't get me wrong: This Is Where I Leave You isn't a great movie. But it's an enjoyable one, an emotional comedy that earns its lump in the throat and most of its laughs.

Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

They used to make films like A Walk Among the Tombstones on a regular basis: mysteries built around flawed heroes, in which character was as important as plot, and action was the catharsis, not the reason for the story itself.

Movie Review: Art and Craft

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Art and Craft is a potent title that can be taken in several different ways, in this fascinatingly complex and endlessly entertaining documentary from a trio of filmmakers: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker.

Movie Review: Tracks

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In Tracks, Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman who decides to do what no woman has done before her: She will walk halfway across Australia, beginning in desolate Alice Springs and traversing 1,700 miles of desert and wasteland, walking to the ocean on the island continent's west coast.

Wrapping up the Toronto Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Get used to hearing the title The Imitation Game because, between the filmmaking of Morten Tyldum and the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the film they'll be talking about at the end of the year.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Entitlement is also an issue in Noah Baumbach's wonderfully acidic While We're Young, which captures a pair of Gen-Xers, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts), at a crisis point.