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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

Movie Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Other documentarians may be more famous than Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, but there's no one working right now who afflicts the comfortable with more energy and pointedness than Gibney.

Movie Review: The English Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I often note how difficult it is to create a comedy that's not only smart and funny but also charming and surprising. But first-time director Craig Zisk, a TV veteran, has done that with The English Teacher.

Movie Review: Black Rock

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having broken through as a filmmaker with the intriguing and moving The Freebie, actress Katie Aselton suffers the sophomore slump with her second film as a director, Black Rock.

Movie Review: Frances Ha

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Never a filmmaker for whom story seemed particularly important, Baumbach collaborated here with his star, Greta Gerwig, for what feels like an amorphous and fragmentary story of a delusional young woman who doesn't seem to want to grow up.

Movie Review: Aftershock

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Aftershock is competently made and effective at making you squirm. That's as much praise as I'm willing to dish out.

Movie Review: Sightseers

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you ever imagine gruesome deaths befalling people who annoy you in the course of your day -- people you may not even know but who instantly rub you the wrong way -- well, this is the movie for you.

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't believe the hate. The Great Gatsby is not a terrible film; indeed, it's a surprisingly affecting one.

Movie Review: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fashion entered my life in junior high school, when it suddenly became imperative that I own a Gant dress shirt, the kind with a loop on the back. The...

Movie Review: Iron Man Three

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So is the third film the decider in a series? Two out of three good enough for immortality? In the case of Iron Man Three (as the closing credits have it), I'd say it's probably too close to call.

Movie Review: Love Is All You Need

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Love Is All You Need is an unexpectedly upbeat film from the chronically downbeat Susanne Bier -- if you can use upbeat to describe a romance between ...

Movie Review: The Iceman

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems startling to me that so few people recognize the name of actor Michael Shannon when they hear it. Perhaps The Iceman will make the difference.

Movie Review: What Maisie Knew

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Adapted and extrapolated from Henry James' novel of the same name, What Maisie Knew is a film that puts the audience right in the title character's world -- and forces it to experience it the way she does.

Movie Review: Midnight's Children

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though a bit literal for a film that traffics in magical realism, Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children is both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal -- and occasionally twinned -- story.