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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Secretariat

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Just as you'd imagine with a family-targeted movie about a horse, Randall Wallace's Secretariat is awash in sentimentality. The lump in your throat is as pro forma as the popcorn.

Movie Review: Inside Job

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Inside Job explains complex ideas with a clarity and skill that make them comprehensible to anyone willing to pay attention. But Charles Ferguson does it in a way that doesn't dumb things down.

HuffPost Review: Nowhere Boy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood's exploration of John Lennon's late teens, doesn't cover much new ground. But it does offer a pop psychology look at Lennon's confused home life.

HuffPost Review: Freakonomics

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As anthology films go, Freakonomics is an entertaining -- if occasionally scattershot -- documentary. But then, that was the nature of the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, upon which the film was based.

Movie Review: Let Me In

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

American remakes of foreign films? That would be a 'no' vote. Having said that, I can heartily recommend Let Me In, the moody, touching American remake of the Swedish vampire film, Let the Right One In, from 2008.

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.