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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Moneyball

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Michael Lewis' book, Moneyball, was a sports thriller disguised as a nonfiction volume about statistics wonks. And Bennett Miller's film of Thomas' bo...

Movie Review: Drive

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

One of the most buzzed-about movies out of the Cannes Film Festival last spring, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive is a strange mix of outrageous action an...

Movie Review: Straw Dogs

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs is a solid, tense drama that packs a wallop and tells its story on Lurie's own terms. It's less a remake than a new version of the story, filtered through Lurie's vision.

Movie Review: Main Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not hard to see how a movie like Main Street got made, at least in theory. Why it's being released is another question altogether.

Movie Review: Contagion

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The first hour of Steven Soderbergh's Contagion is so tense that you can almost forgive the second half for getting bogged down.

Review: Warrior

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Warrior is like Rocky squared -- an underdog story with two underdogs who, just to up the emotional stakes, happen to be brothers who have to fight each other.

Review: I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, I'm Glad My Mother is Alive is a film about unrequited mother-love gone haywire -- and the price of bad parenting.

HuffPost Review: Love Crime

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As you watch Alain Corneau's Love Crime, take a minute to try to decide who has the iciest, deadliest pair of eyes -- Kristin Scott Thomas or Ludivine Sagnier.

HuffPost Review: The Debt

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Set in two different eras, with two different trios playing the same characters, The Debt is gripping and gritty, a thriller that breeds genuine excitement in both of the time periods in which it is set.

HuffPost Review: Our Idiot Brother

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother is a summer-ending treat, a low-key comedy with sharp performances and a shaggy-dog feel.

HuffPost Review: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a 1973 TV movie of the same name, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a horror movie that rarely insults your intelligence. Indeed, it seduces you into thinking you can outsmart the film -- and then zaps you when you least expect it. Now that's fun.

HuffPost Review: Amigo

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amigo is a companion piece to John Sayles' new novel, A Moment in the Sun - or perhaps it's the other way around. While it's easy to admire Sayles' a...

HuffPost Review: Flypaper

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's no surprise that Flypaper is receiving a bare-bones release. The real question is: How does a movie as weak as Flypaper get made? Who read this script and said, "I have to make this movie"?

HuffPost Review: One Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

One key to the successful romantic film story: You've got to understand what these people see in each other and root for them to get together. Which, unfortunately, is not the case with One Day

HuffPost Review: Griff the Invisible

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The less said about Griff the Invisible, the better. This wan, fey little Australian film stretches the notion of quirkiness far past the snapping point -- though the film itself has very little in the way of snap.

HuffPost Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been a summer full of comedies that succumb to the law of diminishing returns, from The Hangover Part 2 through The Change-Up. Now comes 30 Minu...

HuffPost Review: Senna

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's not worth a spoiler alert to point out that racecar driver Ayrton Senna dies at the end of Senna, Asif Kapadia's routine sports documentary from ESPN Films, and which receives a theatrical release this week.

HuffPost Review: The Whistleblower

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Whistleblower is dark, grim and harrowing. It tells the tale of Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), a Nebraska cop looking to make some big dough so she can afford to follow her children.

HuffPost Review: Gun Hill Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gun Hill Road is part of a deluge of late-summer independent releases that may wash through or past your multiplex, but it's one whose title you should remember.

HuffPost Review: Magic Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a Deadhead or a Ken Kesey-phile to find the fun and the wistfulness in Magic Trip, Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's reconstruction of the famous cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.

HuffPost Review: The Guard

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Brutal -- and brutally funny -- The Guard joins a growing list of darkly witty contemporary Irish gangster movies. It's as amusing as it is occasionally shocking.

HuffPost Review: Point Blank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It will take someone with a fresh eye to come up with a movie as wonderfully wired and propulsive as Cavaye's Point Blank.

HuffPost Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crazy, Stupid, Love is the summer's most enjoyably surprising film: a comedy that knows how to pay more attention to the feelings it explores than to creating a conveyor belt for punchlines. It earns its laughs -- and then some.

HuffPost Review: Life in a Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No doubt, Life in a Day will be shorthanded as "the YouTube movie," which is not a bad thing, actually. Directed (assembled, to be more accurate) by ...

HuffPost Review: El Bulli - Cooking in Progress

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The cinema-verite approach to documentary making has its pitfalls -- particularly if the subject is as close-mouthed as Ferran Adria, the focus of Gereon Wetzel's El Bulli - Cooking in Progress.