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Marshall Fine Movie Review

HuffPost Review: Lottery Ticket

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The less said about Lottery Ticket, the better. The odds of you laughing at this weak and obvious comedy are about the same as winning the lottery.

Movie Review: Mao's Last Dancer

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I once had an editor question whether I meant it as an insult when I referred to a film as "middlebrow." The answer was yes. Bruce Beresford's Mao's Last Dancer is a middlebrow film.

HuffPost Review: The Tillman Story

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Tillman Story will stoke your anger -- not only at the senseless waste of the life of an athlete and patriot, but the government's concerted effort to turn it into a propaganda win.

HuffPost Review: A Film Unfinished

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As Yael Hersonski's documentary, A Film Unfinished, shows, even in documentary film, seeing wasn't always believing -- and the Nazis knew this.

Eat Pray Love? Try Cairo Time instead

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

His two films have similarities that can't be overlooked -- but I'll take the quiet, beguiling Cairo Time over the picturesquely feel-good Eat Pray Love, thanks.

HuffPost Review: Tales From Earthsea

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm sure that Tales from Earthsea, taken from the science-fiction writing of Ursula LeGuin, will entertain undiscriminating young viewers and will probably thrill anime lovers. It left me bored and impatient.

HuffPost Review: Animal Kingdom

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Darwin would easily recognize the struggle for survival in David Michod's gritty, gripping Animal Kingdom. And he would be quick to point out that, while strength rules, intelligence survives.

HuffPost Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The summer's unlikeliest action hero turns out to be Michael Cera, playing the title role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a comedy that mocks its own proportions, right down to the title.

Movie Review: Middle Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Middle Men" wants to be Boogie Nights for the Internet. Two crucial problems: Writer-director George Gallo isn't nearly the storyteller that Paul Thomas Anderson is. And this film stars Luke Wilson.

Movie Review: The Other Guys

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's probably better than you expect -- but definitely not as good as you wish. Ferrell's website is called Funny or Die; I suppose this entry would avoid a death sentence, but just barely.

HuffPost Review: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Alice Creed is a wonderfully tense exercise in the mathematics of three -- how many different alliances, betrayals and conflicts can you extrapolate out of a gritty crime story with only three characters?

HuffPost Review: Cairo Time

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cairo Time seduces the viewer with its beauty. It pulls you into another world so deeply that you are disappointed at having to leave it at the end.

HuffPost Review: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's disappointing that Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel isn't a better movie. Not that it's a bad one. But, were cable standards a little less skittish, it would fit right in on the Biography channel.

HuffPost Review: The Concert

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Concert is a feel-good film and a revelation, a movie that celebrates the idea that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. And that it can also be good for a few laughs.

HuffPost Review: The Dry Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Small, focused and moving, The Dry Land is part of a growing body of films about the fallout from the wrong-headed decision to wage a preemptive war on Iraq.

HuffPost Review: The Extra Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's tempting to give The Extra Man a pass on the basis of Kevin Kline's performance alone. But there's a hole in the center of The Extra Man. And its name is Paul Dano.

Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I kept waiting for Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks to run out of steam or jokes. But it rarely did.

HuffPost Review: Countdown to Zero

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I still marvel at the simplicity and effectiveness of Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth as a model of a documentary that manages to...

HuffPost Review: Life During Wartime

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been a fan of Todd Solondz's dark, even mean-spirited brand of humiliation comedy since Welcome to the Dollhouse, and the squirmy problems of his put-upon heroine, Dawn Weiner. But he lost me with Life During Wartime.

Movie Review: Salt

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

From start to finish, Salt is the very definition of a solid summer popcorn movie: fast, exciting, suspenseful, adrenalized -- and, most important, smart.

HuffPost Review: Farewell

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carion's Farewell is that rare surprise -- a political thriller that's more about the emotional components of espionage than it is about the adrenalized mechanics of an operation.

HuffPost Review: Kisses

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Short, sweet and full of unexpected moments, the rough-and-tumble little Irish film Kisses is a surprise and a treat.

Movie Review: Inception

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nolan's ingenious film never loses its ability to surprise and contains one of those overwhelming visual moments that become iconic -- like that first shot of Darth Vader's spaceship in the first Star Wars.

HuffPost Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unfortunately, The Sorcerer's Apprentice wants to be a 21st century version of Ghostbusters, with ancient spirits and magic and the wisecracks and hilariously deadpan mentor with his panicked young student.

Movie review: Despicable Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A kind of animated James Bond film in reverse - because it's set in a world of only villains - Despicable Me is an imaginative computer-generated come...