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Marshall Fine Movie Review

HuffPost Review: Leaving

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As obsessive love stories go, Leaving is a winner -- at once achingly passionate and painfully doomed.

Movie review: The Social Network

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Social Network satisfies in ways great and small, as it tells a small story with big implications.

Will Waiting for 'Superman' Reach Its Intended Audience?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman,' is a provocative documentary that shows in both broad strokes and frightening detail how our schools continue to fail our children.

HuffPost Review: Howl

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Howl is a gutsy, inventive film about an important moment. It's not for everyone but should please those who are open to the chances it takes.

HuffPost Review: Buried

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is a movie like Buried an actor's greatest dream -- or his worst nightmare? On the one hand, the camera is on you for the whole film. On the other hand, you spend the entire movie confined to a space the size of a coffin.

Movie Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Oliver Stone is never content to just make one movie; he always makes several, then squeezes them all together into one engorged package, chockablock with gaudy visuals, oversized characters and unchecked passion.

Movie Review: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but, in Woody Allen's world, it's not merely an illusion. Rather, it's the thread that starts ...

Movie Review: The Town

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gripping and moving at the same time, The Town is a solid heist movie whose fleshed-out characters give the story the weight it requires to be more than just a caper film.

HuffPost Review: Catfish

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to describe Catfish without giving too much away. And, really, the mystery of the film and the surprise it produces are fascinating -- so much so that you can overlook the film's weaknesses.

HuffPost Review: Jack Goes Boating

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jack Goes Boating, which played at both Sundance and Toronto, is a noteworthy directing debut for the Oscar-winning Hoffman, who proves himself as sure-handed behind the camera as in front.

HuffPost Review: Easy A

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Emma Stone is a bright young actress who knows her way around a one-liner. But the flimsy writing here barely evokes giggles, let alone actual laughs.

HuffPost Review: Never Let Me Go

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Never Let Me Go is a staid, lifeless tale that never talks about what it's about, or at least not enough to provoke deep thoughts on the subject. Deep sleep is more like it.

HuffPost Review: The Romantics

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Romantics has its minor pleasures. But they are too few and far between to warrant sitting through the entire film.

HuffPost Review: Legendary

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Legendary isn't awful; it's just not particularly memorable. At best, it will wrestle your attention span to a draw.

HuffPost Review: Heartbreaker

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Heartbreaker is the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood doesn't seem to know how to make anymore -- one that's actually both witty and romantic, with just the right accent of sadness and loss thrown in.

HuffPost Review: Going the Distance

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Going the Distance is a surprisingly funny movie. It's not great - not by a long shot. But it made me laugh on a much more regular basis than I expected. And that's not something I can discount easily.

HuffPost Review: Max Manus

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Max Manus is not just about the derring-do and narrow escapes. It is also about the strain of living an underground life and the courage to fight for one's beliefs against seemingly impossible odds.

Movie Review: Machete

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Robert Rodriguez is one of those rare filmmakers whose movies -- for better or worse -- always come alive with his sheer enjoyment of making them. In the case of Machete, that's a good thing.

HuffPost Review: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems like a weirdly cross-cultural idea: Chinese master Zhang Yimou does a remake of the Coen brothers' debut film, Blood Simple. If the film lacks the dryly mordant Coen wit, it offers other pleasures -- but also some problems.

Movie Review: The American

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The American is not an audience movie in the generally recognized sense of the term. Instead, it's an art film. Anyone who goes in expecting it to be in any way a typical Hollywood product will be sorely disappointed.

HuffPost Review: Takers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

August is a dumping ground for movies, a time when the multiplexes are flooded with leftover product, as opposed to films. Still, occasionally, a gem sneaks in -- a movie that someone has underestimated. Takers is not that film.

HuffPost Review: Flipped

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Flipped wants both laughs and a lump-in-the-throat ending. Unfortunately, it earns neither.

Movie Review: The Mesrine Films

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mention The Godfather or Scarface or Goodfellas -- it doesn't matter which American gangster epic you reference, chances are Jean-Francois Richet's pair of Mesrine films stack up pretty well by comparison.

HuffPost Review: Centurion

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you did a mashup of Gladiator and Braveheart and remade it as a videogame, you'd probably wind up with something like the mildly engaging action-thrillerCenturion.

HuffPost Review: The Last Exorcism

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I cautiously invoke the spirit of The Blair Witch Project to discuss The Last Exorcism, as taut and economical a horror film as I've seen in a long time. It opens Friday.