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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: The City of Your Final Destination

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everybody has a story in James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination -- but not everyone is interested in having his or her story told.

Movie Review: Kick-Ass

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If only Kick-Ass were as nervy and entertaining as its brazen title. Unfortunately, the weakest part of Kick-Ass is, well, Kick-Ass himself.

Movie Review: The Karate Kid

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as producers of the remake of The Karate Kid tells it all. You can almost hear the meeting where the idea was hatched, with Will Smith doing the talking.

HuffPost Review: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The chemistry between the haughty Chanel and the reserved Igor is sizzling. The film opens a window into two very different creative minds and shows the sparks they strike.

HuffPost Review: Joan Rivers -- a Piece of Work

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedian Joan Rivers is, indeed, a piece of work. But you don't appreciate just what hard work it is until you see Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary, Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work."

HuffPost Review: Who Do You Love

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thanks to a juicy performance by Alessandro Nivola,, Who Do You Love feels like a celebration of a seminal musical moment, for all its flaws.

HuffPost Review: Winter's Bone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

ranik's film does something few Hollywood films attempt: to tell a truthful story about a family living below the poverty line that isn't about poverty itself.

Movie Review: The Square

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Director Nash Edgerton, working from a script by his brother Joel, understands that when you're putting a puzzle together, some of the pieces have rounded corners -- but a lot of them have sharp edges that draw blood.

Movie review: Date Night

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given the track record of director Shawn Levy, I approached Date Night with a certain amount of dread -- OK, a lot of dread. So let me say straight off that Date Night isn't terrible -- and I mean that as the mildest of praise.

HuffPost Review: After.Life

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you can swing with the vision being built by Wojtowicz-Vosloo (typing that name actually makes me appreciate the pretentious moniker McG), then After.Life is a modest and effective little tale.

Movie Review: When You're Strange

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tom DiCillo's When You're Strange is a welcome cinematic excursion, exploration and excavation of the Doors and their music.

Movie Review: Get Him to the Greek

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stoller quickly runs out of ideas in this repetitive road movie, and, unfortunately, the movie quickly runs out of laughs because it has no third act, and barely has a second.

Movie Review: Ondine

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A witty, fanciful and touching film, Ondine is part myth, part fairy tale, part wistful romance. It's quietly surprising in its own lovely way.

HuffPost Review: The Warlords

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The battle scenes -- often featuring outnumbered groups getting the best of larger armies -- have a dynamic vivacity, but The Warlords seems more interested in the politics of the Taiping Rebellion.

HuffPost Review: Splice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Splice is flashy and entertaining, but nothing special. It provides the kind of guilty-pleasure thrills that all sci-fi does.

HuffPost Review: The Greatest

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

No doubt the critics will hate The Greatest, a moving drama about the nature of grief and what it reveals about the grieving.

Movie Review: Clash of the Titans -- Barely 2D

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Aside from any further output from Lady Gaga, I can't think of much that's more unnecessary than the remake of Clash of the Titans, at least until the next remake of Godzilla comes along.

HuffPost Review: Don McKay

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thomas Haden Church is one of those under-utilized treasures of cinema who only recently has started to get the kinds of roles he deserves.

HuffPost Review: Leaves of Grass

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass is a textbook example of a promising movie that takes a wrong turn from which it never recovers.

Movie Review: Sex and the City 2 - Blecch - and Blah!

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Between the outré fashions and the conspicuous consumption and the just plain dull writing, I find it hard to imagine that anyone will find this funny or entertaining.

Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are only two salient facts you need to know about Prince of Persia: this movie is based on a videogame and, more importantly, it was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Movie Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A documentary that takes you behind the curtain to show the magic being made, Waking Sleeping Beauty still manages to dazzle because of the complex, utterly human story it tells.

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like the least of the Dreamworks films, Dragon suffers from a shortage of jokes. But it has a strong enough story and animation to keep kids fascinated and even adults occupied.

HuffPost Review: Chloe

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a script by Erin Cressida Wilson, Chloe casts Julianne Moore as Catherine Stewart, a Toronto gynecologist whose practice is thriving but whose life eludes her.

HuffPost Review: Perrier's Bounty

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Perrier's Bounty is delicious and propulsive, a film that rarely pauses to let the viewer catch his breath. It's an expert blend of thrills, laughs and jeopardy - like a strong Irish coffee with a jolt of pepper.