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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Lovelace

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that porn has become such a punchline in our culture -- something that is joked about in mainstream humor as a signifier for all that is horny, male and, often, lower-class -- is hard to believe, from the perspective of the social history captured in Lovelace.

Movie Review: Elysium

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who thought District 9 might be some sort of newcomer fluke needs only watch the first few minutes of Elysium to see that Neill Blomkamp is the real thing: a visionary filmmaker with a headful of dystopia and the story-telling ability to give it some punch.

Movie Review: We're the Millers

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedy is subjective, so there are bound to be haters for We're the Millers. But, speaking as someone who enjoys vulgar humor that is both mean and smart, I can tell you that I laughed a lot during this brisk, consistently funny movie.

Movie Review: 2 Guns

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's been a lot of action at the movies this summer, very little of it memorable. So Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns comes as a welcome surprise: a film with the wit, tension and sheer headlong pace to grab and hold your attention for a brisk 106 minutes.

Movie Review: The Wolverine

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (and long after the story in the sorry X-Men Origins: Wolverine), The Wolverine finds Logan living in the woods somewhere in the American northwest.

Movie Review: The To Do List

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A sex comedy with heart, The To Do List casts the slightly too-old Plaza as Brandy, a new high-school graduate (circa 1993, so we're in the pre-cell-phone/Internet era) who's gotten straight A's in everything -- except her social life.

Movie Review: Blue Jasmine

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Approaching the age of 80, with more than 40 feature films under his belt, Woody Allen continues to astonish, finding new ways to surprise audiences with each year's film.

Movie Review: Red 2 - 2 Little, 2 Late

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Apropos of nothing, here's one of those chicken/egg quandaries: Which is more unnecessary: a sequel or a remake? They're often the same thing.

Movie Review: Only God Forgives

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything that I loved about Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film, Drive, all the things that I found immediate and evocative - those are all the thing...

Movie Review: The Conjuring

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's always a pleasant surprise to happen upon a movie that achievers the level of suspense or just plain creepiness that The Conjuring manages. It calls to mind films like The Exorcist, which understood that the less you saw, the scarier it got.

Movie Review: Blackfish

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been four years since The Cove -- and 20 years since Free Willy. And yet, as the upsetting new documentary, Blackfish, shows, man's inhumanity to mammals continues unabated -- as commercialized and heartless as ever, even when it includes collateral damage.

Movie Review: Crystal Fairy

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Written and directed by Sebastian Silva, Crystal Fairy is a witty riff on the ugly American, with Cera as Jamie, an oblivious Yank vacationing in Chile.

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Quiet, stirring, enraging and sometimes quite funny, Fruitvale Station, which took the two top prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a snapshot of the dialectic of race in America, told from the viewpoint of a member of the underclass, chasing the American dream.

Movie review: Pacific Rim

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How much you enjoy Guillermo del Toro's sprawling, exciting and exceptionally imaginative Pacific Rim may have to do with how much of a sucker you still are for those movies that make you feel like a little kid, watching them with giddy excitement.

Movie Review: Killing Season

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

For years, I've read about the so-called "Black List" of screenplays: allegedly great scripts which, for some reason, Hollywood ignores because it would rather make dumb crap like The Lone Ranger.

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.31.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything you need to know about this movie can be found in four little words: Pirates of the Caribbean. Everything that was wrong with that series of films is amplified in Lone Ranger.

Movie Review: White House Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like Antoine Fuqua's March release, Roland Emmerich's White House Down is a Die Hard clone, about a well-intended and highly skilled former military and law man who just happens to be the only one in the position to foil the terrorists doing the attacking.

Movie Review: World War Z

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ahhh yes, the zombie apocalypse -- that moment when the dead rise and, by biting the living, turn them into zombies as well. Some theorize that Patient Zero was Ronald Reagan.

Movie Review: Monsters University

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As Monsters University (and its 2001 predecessor, Monsters, Inc.) proves, a solid comedy is a solid comedy, no matter how it's made.

Movie Review: Unfinished Song

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The film is part of a genre: cranky but lovable oldsters, either rediscovering life or simply loving it. In this case, it's a bit of both, with death as the reigning subtext.

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Zack Snyder widens his view as a director with Man of Steel, taking a proclivity for creating startling images in the service of storytelling and using it to enlarge and expand the action.

Movie Review: The Bling Ring

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery. But what if you want to imitate someone so badly that you're willing to steal from them? Where does that fall on the sincerity meter?

Movie Review: This Is the End

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What if you were a skeptic -- and your very skepticism resulted in you missing out on the very thing you refused to believe in? That's also the comic notion at the heart of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End,.

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.

Movie Review: Wish You Were Here

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A semi-jigsaw-puzzle of a story, Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here bounces back and forth in time, while feeding the audience's interest in an unsolved mystery.