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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Cold Comes the Night

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You want to root for a little movie like Cold Comes the Night because it works so hard. But, finally, to not nearly enough effect.

Movie review: Grudge Match

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unfortunately, the script for this film is never sharp or savvy enough to counteract both the ick factor -- two grandfathers beating each other up in boxing trunks -- and just the simple lackluster quality of it all.

Movie review: Lone Survivor

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Peter Berg's Lone Survivor opens at the end of the film on a harrowing moment about the title character, then jumps back in time to the beginning o...

Movie review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unless they find new ways to recycle their personae, comic actors would seem to have a limited shelf life. It's all about reinvention. Otherwise,...

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why would Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio lend their considerable talents to a project so devoid of anything resembling humanity, except in its most base and venal form? Why would anyone want to watch this movie -- and what would they come away with?

Movie Review: Walking With Dinosaurs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Walking With Dinosaurs, a 3D movie whose title suggests spending a day with the Republican leadership, is like a more expensive Land Before Time: bad writing, corny jokes and a weak (and familiar) plot.

Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The only way I can imagine having fun watching Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is if I were drunk enough to be really funny myself, watching it with a group of friends on TV in the comfort of my living room, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style

Movie review: Her

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Theodore has no luck with the ladies -- even when they're practically drawing him illustrations of the human reproductive act. He's bereft after a break-up, convinced he's doomed to a life of solitude. Then he installs Samantha and she not only organizes his life -- she gets him, in a way that no one ever has gotten him.

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hanks IS Disney in these scenes, as we've never seen him before. But alive nonetheless, a human being with the imagination to launch a million childhoods.

Movie Review: American Hustle

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At heart, American Hustle is about love among con artists - is it ever real? Or is it always a con? And how can you tell the difference?

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are awash in films examining the Beats and the roots of the generation shift that occurred from the late 1950s through the 1960s - but none with a clearer eye than Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.

Movie Review: Oldboy

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been a fan of Spike Lee -- if not of all of his movies -- for 25 years. And I've found that, more often than not, he's at his best when he's directing someone else's material -- or someone else's story. It's absolutely true of Oldboy.

Movie Review: Homefront

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Jason Statham the new Sylvester Stallone?

Movie Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given how much history this film has to cover, it tends to jump around. But Idris Elba is its anchor, physically and emotionally, just as Mandela himself held the movement that was the African National Congress together, even as he moldered in a jail cell on Robben Island.

Movie Review: Frozen

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Disney has had such a long winning streak with its animated comedies and musicals that it's almost possible to forgive the problems with Frozen, which opens in Los Angeles today and in wide release on Nov. 27.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's not much to say about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, because it does what it's supposed to.

Commentary: Are the '70s Movies Overrated?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lists of the greatest this or the best that are provocations and nothing more. Whether it's a critic offering his 10-best list of films (or books ...

Movie Review: Charlie Countryman

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fredrik Bond's Charlie Countryman is an intriguing directorial debut: a blend of the madcap and the maniacal, a movie that mixes tones in ways that shouldn't work but do.

Movie Review: 12-12-12

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening's new film, 12-12-12 would be worth seeing if only for the moment where James Dolan loses his temper because of a technical glitch.

Movie Review: Nebraska

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's interesting to see the way filmmakers stake out certain emotional territory as their own over the course of a career. Over the course of six films, Alexander Payne has created a body of work that focuses on the effects of and rebellion against disappointment.

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kenneth Branagh's Thor had a certain playfulness that pitted the ultra-serious world of Asgard, land of the Norse gods, against 21st-century USA. Now director Alan Taylor has taken the reins of the franchise and, with Thor: The Dark World, drains the fun from it.

Movie Review: Man of Tai Chi

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The story is the time-honored trope of the martial artist who must decide between selling his abilities for money or using them to pursue spiritual goals. Can he find his way back to his own values once he's gone over to the dark side of raw capitalism?

Movie Review: About Time

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I heard a lot of critics sniff at the inclusion of Richard Curtis' About Time in this year's New York Film Festival. The same cadre, no doubt, uses Curtis' Love, Actually as an example of what's wrong with romantic comedy.

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having squandered most of this century's first decade being a movie star, Matthew McConaughey has approached its second stanza as an actor. The results have been salutary.

Movie Review: Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I plead guilty to an abashed fondness for the Jackass movies, which revealed new depth to the kind of childishness hinted at by the Jackass TV show.