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Deliver Us From Stupid Hollywood Films

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point in movie history, the Hollywood studios are to movies what McDonald's is to cuisine: a factory producing products that are nearly identical in their lack of depth, quality or concern for the viewing audience's intellect.

There Are Too Damn Many Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's the most important thing: The majority of them aren't worth seeing or reviewing. There used to be filters for this kind of thing. They were called film festivals.

Why Embargo Movie Critics' Reviews?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why would a movie studio try to stop critics from reviewing movies? It's called a review embargo -- and it seems a little self-explanatory. But still, I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss a little movie-critic inside-baseball stuff. Perhaps we can get a larger discussion going.

The Difference Between What's Hot and What Lasts

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a lot of things that are popular and commercial, but aren't very good. Or are just good enough. Consider Justin Bieber: It's not that the kid isn't talented; it's that he's only just talented enough.

Why Beasts of the Southern Wild Doesn't Deserve Its Oscar Nominations

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cheap, amateurish and sometimes just plain hard to watch, Beasts enjoyed a wave of overwrought critical hosannas, going all the way back to when the film first was shown more than a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival.

What Now, Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Now that his first comeback movie has seriously bombed, what's next for Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Live From Sundance 2013: The Wrap-up

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I knew I had been at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival too long the day I was in the checkout line at the Fresh Market supermarket that's in the same st...

In Praise of Context

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are losing context. Every single day. And we don't seem to notice. Or care. We dispute it and disrespect it and otherwise dismiss it. Our love affair with all that is new, different and sensational leads us to fashion a society that has fewer and fewer ties to the past or memories of it.

Wrapping up the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I write this, it's Sunday morning and I'm sitting on a train rolling along the Hudson River under gloomy skies in chilly weather, heading into Manh...

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At 71, director Michael Apted feels he's far from finished working in film -- though it gets increasingly difficult to make the kind of movies he most wants to make.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 3

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tuesday felt like a journey from the past into the future, as we spent the day wandering the old city souks in Dubai and spent the evening dining among the clouds in the highest restaurant in the world.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No two film festivals are alike -- and those of us who attend them professionally tend to judge them by different standards than the average festival-goers.

Why 3D doesn't matter

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After seeing Life of Pi and The Hobbit, whose 48-frame-per-second 3D is game-changing, according to some observers, it feels like the right time for m...

Lincoln and Obama: 'Clothed in Immense Power'

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opens in wide release today, after a limited release last Friday -- and with luck, Barack Obama will not only see it but take it as a template for the current lame-duck session of Congress and for his impending second term.

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.

Toronto Festival Conclusions: The Oscar race Begins

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While this year's best-picture winner may in fact have played at TIFF 2012, there was no huge critical groundswell around a realistic contender, the way there was last year.

Live From Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's easy to mock the feelings it evokes, but that's a shallow reading of a much deeper film. Cloud Atlas is one of the best films I've seen this year and one of the most satisfying.

Defending Fact-based Reality Against Propaganda

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While visiting family in the Midwest recently, I was startled when two different relatives asked me, "Have you seen that film 2016?" Both were eager t...

The Best Thing That Could Happen to Kristen Stewart

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If, in fact, her personal life somehow hurts her standing with her young fans -- if the fans can no longer look up to her as a role model because she's a 22-year-old who got tired of one man and was tempted by another -- well, I'd say it's the best thing that could happen to her.

Why Hollywood Studios Fear Political Content

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is the least of Hollywood's worries, for my money. The major studios have a bigger problem -- such as the fact that they so seldom make movies with serious themes or content. And they never address actual political issues if they can avoid it.

Real Violence vs. My 'Death Threats'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unlike negative reactions to my review of The Dark Knight Rises this week, actual news happened last night in the form of a tragedy, when someone walked into a suburban Denver multiplex and killed at least a dozen people.

The Importance of a Great Pen: An Appreciation

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Somehow, when the right pen hits the right paper, there's a little bit of magic. Writing becomes fast and effortless. The pen glides across the paper, capturing the words almost as they're spoken.

Why I Hate the Music in Rock of Ages

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How can I enjoy this movie -- when I have such disdain for so much of its music? And yet I did. I had a lot more fun watching Rock of Ages than I expected to; I also resented how much I enjoyed it, as a light, funny spoof of a bygone era.

Catching Up: The Three Stooges, Girls, Tribeca

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I personally don't care one way or the other about how young Lena Dunham is, how nondiverse the show's cast is or any of the other gripes. I think the show is smart and funny.

An End to "Found Footage" Films -- Please!

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm declaring a moratorium on the "found footage" mock documentary. And, while we're at it, how about the same thing for movies shot to look like they're hand-held documentaries, even when they're just fiction films?