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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

Movie Review: The Iran Job

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Opening in very limited released today, The Iran Job is an intriguing look inside what Americans see as a buttoned-up and forbidding culture: life in Iran.

Movie review: The Internship

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The jokes practically write themselves for The Internship, or at least that would be the case if writers Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern were actually paying attention to this one-joke movie.

Movie review: The Prey

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Prey is one of those high-energy suspense thrillers that the French seem to toss off effortlessly - then sit back helplessly as Americans muck up the remake.

Movie review: The Purge

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Purge is a high-concept blunt instrument of a thriller, a movie that offers a straightforward set-up and few subsequent surprises. It does exactly what you expect and doesn't really go anywhere you don't assume it will.

Movie Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I want to applaud Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing for all the things it does right, and I will. But Whedon's side project -- between his various TV and Marvel-related entertainments -- gets one thing unfortunately wrong: It's never very funny.

Movie Review: The Kings of Summer

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Shown at Sundance under the title Toy's House, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age tale that touches a lot of bases and explores a variety of tones in ways that most films are too timid to do.

Movie Review: The East

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A movie that's bound to set your paranoia sensors flashing, The East is a cerebral thriller in which it's hard to tell who's the hero and who's the villain.

Movie Review: Before Midnight

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who's been married for any length of time should be able to enjoy Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, if squirming in your seat can be considered a form of enjoyment.