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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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?

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.

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.

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: 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.

Week in Film: Maleficent, Million Ways to Die and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not going to apologize for laughing my ass off at Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Why Godzilla Sucks

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are lots of movies that make Gareth Edwards' new Godzilla look like a masterpiece. That, however, is not the same as saying that this movie is actually worth seeing or, more crucially, worth making in the first place.

Week in Film: Million Dollar Arm, A Short History of Decay and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While not perfect, it is more than just a feel-good sports movie about overcoming obstacles (though it is, in fact, that). Million Dollar Arm is less a movie about sports (in this case, baseball) than a film about one man's transformation from sports agent to human being.

Week in Film: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, yes, I know -- spidermanspidermanspidermanspiderman. I'll get to it. But my favorite movies of the week, as usual, are the small ones. Let's start with Amma Asante's Belle, a Jane Austen-ish film based on a true story.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Week in Film: Transcendence, Fading Gigolo

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are so many potentially interesting elements swirling around Wally Pfister's Transcendence - something old, new, borrowed and blue - that the...

Week in Film: Captain America 2, Dom Hemingway and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Maybe it's because the studio movies at this time of year are so universally dreadful, but I find myself drawn to the smaller films that bite and snarl and generally have bad manners: Bad Words, The Raid 2 and, this week, Dom Hemingway.

Week in Film: Grand Budapest Hotel, The Face of Love

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How do I love the work of Wes Anderson? Let me count the ways. Anderson may be the most consistently original filmmaker to emerge during the 25 years I've been writing about film in New York.

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you crossed a disaster film from the 1970s with a low-budget action-thriller from the last five years, you'd get something that looks like Non-Stop.

Movie Review: In Secret

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Charlie Stratton's In Secret is based on Emile Zola's Therese Raquin -- but were it set in a different time period, it could have been a film noir like Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Movie Review: Omar

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

That question of loyalty, deception and betrayal haunts the Oscar-nominated film Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, whose dark, weirdly funny Paradise Now was also an Oscar nominee.