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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

Movie Review: Aftermath

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You could think of Aftermath as a Polish version of 12 Years a Slave: a film that exhumes a shameful chapter in its nation's history which some people would just as soon leave buried, rather than confront.

Movie Review: The Counselor

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ridley Scott is one of those overrated directors who, every once in a while, puts together a hard-edged, lean little film that just delivers the goods. The Counselor, unfortunately, isn't one of those efforts.

Movie Review: The Fifth Estate

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In The Fifth Estate, Condon and writer Josh Singer, working from a couple of books by participants in the Wikileaks story, retell the tale of Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Movie Review: Enzo Avitabile Music Life

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme has built a whole side business making films that most other filmmakers would be happy to have as a career: documentaries about music and musicians.

Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is the year's most powerful film, an arthouse masterpiece which demands to be seen -- and which will punch mainstream audiences in the gut.

Movie Review: All Is Lost

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like bookends - or perhaps a double-feature for adrenaline junkies - All Is Lost comes on the heels of Gravity with the distaff and earthbound version of a similar story.

Movie Review: Escape from Tomorrow

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Randy Moore's Escape from Tomorrow may be the year's most subversive film: a horrifying satire of the manufactured fun we've come to associate with the Disney assembly line.

Movie Review: Machete Kills

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Machete, which turned veteran character actor Danny Trejo into a leading man, was a wild and wildly violent action-comedy, a spoof of exploitation films of the 1970s. So, obviously, is Machete Kills. How much of a spoof?

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the title character's book recalling the 2009 incident -- in which an American cargo vessel in the Indian Ocean was captured by four Somali pirates -- Captain Phillips puts you right in the middle of the action and never lets you go.

Movie Review: Linsanity

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it happened in the spring of 2012, the Jeremy Lin phenomenon -- commonly referred to as Linsanity, from which the new documentary takes its name -- was startling for its prevalence.

Movie Review: Parkland

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Parkland still has the power to hit you like a fast-moving bus.

Movie Review: All Is Bright

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Paul Giamatti is one of our great screen actors, an absolute poet of frustration and regret with the range to play a wide variety of roles. Watch hi...

Movie Review: Gravity

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not since 127 Hours have I run into a movie that provoked that mixture of excitement and trepidation in people I know who have seen the trailer as Gravity.

Movie Review: Concussion

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been fascinated with Robin Weigert since the first time I remember seeing her, as the hard-drinking, foul-mouthed Calamity Jane in David Milch's too-short HBO series, Deadwood.

Movie Review: Muscle Shoals

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Either the title of the documentary Muscle Shoals resonates with you -- in which case it resonates hard -- or you have no idea what it means. But you should -- or you should find out by watching the movie, one of the year's most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films.

Movie Review: Rush

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ron Howard's Rush is winning all sorts of praise as being daring (for taking on subject matter that apparently isn't an automatic audience magnet), a throwback to the 1970s (when filmmakers took more risks) and just plain sexy and exciting.

Movie Review: Prisoners - Don't Believe the Hype

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Denis Villeneuve had two films at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The better one was called Enemy. The one that's getting the big studio release this week is called Prisoners.

Movie Review: C.O.G.

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Coming-of-age stories tend to be about innocents who have the veil pulled from their eyes. Which sort of describes C.O.G. - except for the innocent part.

Movie Review: Enough Said

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nicole Holofcener brings a wonderfully humane approach to the subject with Enough Said, a bittersweet romantic comedy made all the sadder by the fact that it represents one of James Gandolfini's final performances onscreen.

Movie Review: Adore

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This Australian film, from director Anne Fontaine, was titled Two Mothers when it screened at Sundance in January, The Grandmothers when it was a short novel by Doris Lessing.

Movie Review: Touchy Feely

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lynn Shelton obviously isn't a filmmaker whose work suits everyone's taste. With her lightly scripted, improvisational approach to movies, there's a certain shaggy quality to her work -- or at least to the films of hers I've seen (and liked): Humpday and Your Sister's Sister.

Movie Review: Salinger

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After all the hype about its supposedly mind-blowing revelations about the late J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno's Salinger turns out to be a hype -- an overblown, overlong documentary with little that is either truly revelatory or earth-shaking.

Movie Review: Getaway

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Getaway is like the ultimate reductionist car-centric action film. It feels less like a movie made from an actual script and more like director Courtney Solomon composed a list of things he wanted to put in, then assembled those items into something that vaguely resembled a movie.