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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Mike Leigh's Another Year

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nothing happens in Mike Leigh's Another Year -- and everything happens. A miracle of virtuoso acting and understated filmmaking, Leigh's film is a ye...

HuffPost Review: Little Fockers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The law of diminishing returns is a law for a reason. And nowhere are the returns more diminished than Little Fockers, the third film in a series that began in 2000. With this one, they've barely bothered with a plot.

Movie Review: True Grit

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While both the 1969 and the Coens bothers' remake are relatively faithful to the novel, the Coens more closely captures a sense of rough justice, and that even heroes have feet of clay.

Movie Review: Somewhere

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You can tell what kind of movie Somewhere is going to be right from the very first scene: A Ferrari races around a not-very-long track, though we only...

Movie Review: How Do You Know

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The world is divided between givers and takers - you know who you are - who often get matched up with each other in the same unfortunate ways as the c...

HuffPost Review: Rabbit Hole

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nicole Kidman is a solid actress with, too frequently, unfortunate taste in scripts and projects. But she reestablishes herself as a force to contend with in Rabbit Hole.

HuffPost Review: Hemingway's Garden of Eden

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What to make of the awkwardly titled Hemingway's Garden of Eden? That Ernest Hemingway probably had a reason not to publish the starchy, pointedly perverse little novel before he killed himself?

HuffPost Review: Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As characters go, it's hard to find anyone who has had both the Zelig-like ubiquity and, at the same time, the high profile of Hugh Romney, aka Wavy G...

HuffPost Review: The Company Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Wells' The Company Men is a solid if predictable story of the lives of the suddenly unemployed. If you've invested your time and identity into your job, who are you when that job is taken away from you?

HuffPost Review: Barney's Version

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Memory is a tricky thing, but rarely trickier than in Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis' film of Mordecai Richler's semi-autobiographical novel. A p...

Movie Review: Black Swan

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Black Swan is like a horror-movie version of The Red Shoes --or perhaps it's The Red Shoes meets Saw -- in which the quest for perfection drives the dancer slowly mad.

HuffPost Review: Faster

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In essence, Faster is Kill Bill without the grander artistic pretensions of Quentin Tarantino, and also without the vision. This is as straight-ahead a revenge film as you're likely to see.

Movie Review: Love and Other Drugs

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a number of things to like about Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs, so it seems churlish to quibble about the problems. But those foibles...

Movie Review: Tangled

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Disney's new film Tangled -- the studio's fiftieth animated feature -- manages to be romantic, musical, moving -- and outstandingly funny. Don't skip it simply because it's made in computer-animated 3D.

HuffPost Review: Burlesque

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been a while since I've seen a stinker as obvious as Burlesque. As a colleague and I noted afterward, it made us long for something as coherent and restrained as Showgirls. Or Glitter.

Movie Review: The King's Speech

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If The King's Speech isn't the year's best film, it's floating up there in the top 10, somewhere in the top five. It may even be the best. Traditiona...

Movie Review: The Next Three Days

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Paul Haggis is fascinated with choices and dilemmas. He builds movies out of the idea that none of us know how we'll react when put in a stressful, da...

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What started out as a series of benign magical fantasies for children has come to more closely resemble the works of J.K. Rowling on which they're based - epic (if fanciful) struggles between good and evil.

HuffPost Review: Today's Special

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's not a lot new about David Kaplan's Today's Special -- yet this comedy, from a script by Aasif Mandvi and Jonathan Bines, finds ways to take an old formula and give it new life.

Movie Review: Made in Dagenham

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

That equal pay-for-women movement began in the British town of Dagenham -- and is the subject of the funny, uplifting Made in Dagenham, a film by Nigel Cole.

HuffPost Review: Cool It

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The problem with Bjorn Lomborg's approach and the whole Cool It ethos is that it only adds fuel to the ridiculous argument that, in fact, global warming is not a problem.

Movie Review: Morning Glory

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Morning Glory is a romantic comedy in all the ways that matter except the most important: It rarely provides the humor it promises. It's like a soufflé that never rises.

HuffPost Review: Megamind

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Megamind is great fun, a computer-animated film full of jokes that work for adults and kids alike.

HuffPost Review: Four Lions

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Terrorism is no joking matter -- and yet the hapless jihadis in Chris Morris' gruesomely hilarious Four Lions had me giggling and laughing out loud at its blend of slapstick and smart bad-taste humor.

HuffPost Review: For Colored Girls

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Saying that For Colored Girls is the most disciplined, least clownish film that Tyler Perry has made -- his best film to date -- is faint praise indeed. And that's how it's meant.