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Marshall Fine Movie Review

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.

Movie Review: Mud

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is something both engaging and unique about Jeff Nichols' plain-spoken tale of youngsters learning hard lessons about the nature of love and the darker side of the adult world.

Movie Review: In the House

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Initially seeming like a comedy about the vicarious voyeurism of a literature teacher at a Paris high school, it casually transforms itself into something else: a psychological thriller of sorts, in which what is real is never quite clear and never particularly important.

Movie Review: Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jacob Hatley's documentary about the late Levon Helm (who died in 2012) is a flinty valedictory to a rough-hewn but cagey and soulful musician.

Movie Review: 42

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In telling Robinson's story, Helgeland doesn't dwell on the endless barrage of racist bile that Robinson (and his wife) endured, but he doesn't shy from it either. As a result, Robinson's achievement takes on more meaning and more power.

Movie Review: To the Wonder

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life was too much the dialogue-driven, story-heavy film for your liking, you'll probably be more in the mood for his latest, To the Wonder, which features Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko in its cast.