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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Movie Review: Disconnect

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Disconnect is upsetting, exhilarating and frightening in equal measures. It's got the ability to pierce your complacency with its cautionary tale.

Movie Review: The Company You Keep

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While The Company You Keep can't sustain itself as the kind of thriller it's being pitched as, it's still a thoughtful, provocative story about the continuing battle between idealism and cynicism.

Movie Review: Simon Killer

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is a film that challenges the audience to plug into the story and stick with it. But if you do, it pays off with a portrait of a manipulative, dark character, one who continually surprises the viewer with his choices.

Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If the first G.I. Joe movie was an F, Joe 2 is, at best, a C-. More likely a D+. Barely passing.

Movie Review: The Host

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Andrew Niccol's film of The Host starts so well that, when it suddenly slows to a crawl 20 minutes later, your impulse is to give it some slack -- to let it find its feet and get back on track. Unfortunately, it never does.

Movie Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines is a sure-handed effort from a director who proved himself capable of dramatizing difficult human emotions in Blue Valentine.

Movie Review: Room 237

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ostensibly a documentary, it's meant as an eye-opening deconstruction of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Director Rodney Ascher lets a group of obsessives spout off about their theories of what Kubrick really meant. The only thing they don't suggest is that Kubrick is talking to them over the radio.

Movie Review: Olympus Has Fallen

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A second-rate Die Hard knock-off with Gerard Butler playing the Bruce Willis role, Olympus Has Fallen is preposterously overblown, an action movie that seems to prove the old saying: If brains were gunpowder, this movie wouldn't have enough to blow its own nose.

Movie Review: No Place on Earth

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A blend of archival footage and recreations of the cave and these people in their younger days, No Place on Earth is both a reminder of a horrifying period in history and a primer on the resilience and determination of which human beings are capable.

Movie Review: Admission

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You can count on one hand the number of good romantic comedies in any given year. Not that people aren't making them -- they just don't do them very well. Which is why Admission is such a treat.

Movie Review: Upside Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As allegories go, Juan Diego Solanas' Upside Down is about as deep as that famous Frank Gorshin Star Trek episode -- we're talking classic Star Trek, mind you.

Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a movie for 8-year-olds who haven't seen a lot of movies and provide fresh eyes for its tired gags. Anyone older will see every punchline coming long before it arrives.

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's populated with characters who seem to have no interior life -- only a devotion to the pursuit of sensation via the eternal party. And, in his own oblique way, Korine offers commentary about just how empty that world is.

Movie Review: Emperor

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Emperor doesn't reimagine history so much as use it as the jumping-off point for a fictional historical romance set against the backdrop of impending war, when everything seems more vital and in-the-moment. Except for this sometimes plodding film.

Movie Review: Oz, the Great and Powerful

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

James Franco, the Energizer bunny of actors, plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician in a second-rate traveling circus first seen doing his show to a small crowd in the black-and-white Kansas of the early 20th Century.

Movie Review: The Sweeney

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Ray Winstone has been a TV star in Great Britain since the mid-1970s, a lot of Americans got their first sighting of the beefy British actor with Gary Oldman's 1997's Nil By Mouth or 2000's Sexy Beast.

Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A roiling visual extrusion rendered from computer-generated imagery, Jack the Giant Slayer makes you long for the days of Ray Harryhausen.

Movie Review: Stoker

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chan-wook Park's Stoker is audaciously, in-your-face creepy and exhilarating in a way few films have been since David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Because it's not just the creepiness -- but the way Park gets you involved in his world so that you can't look away.

Movie Review: A Place at the Table

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A Place At the Table, with talking heads ranging from Jeff Bridges to Tom Colicchio, all of them articulate and impassioned, is a film that should make you furious.

Movie Review: Inescapable

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a number of people whose work I admire involved with Inescapable. So allow me to say some nice things about them before I talk about what is so wrong with this movie.

Movie Reviews: Red Flag, Rubberneck

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Alex Karpovsky actually has two films out the same day: Red Flag and Rubberneck. They also happen to be surprising and compelling, in very separate ways.

Movie Review: A Good Day to Skip Die Hard 5

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

According to box-office pundits, A Good Day to Die Hard will be the big box-office winner this holiday weekend. If the predictions hold true, this film confirms the conventional wisdom: People want what's familiar, no matter how hackneyed and repetitive.

Movie Review: Lore

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Shortland's film has an occasionally detached, whispery quality, as the camera focuses on the nature around Lore and her group. These Malick-like moments take us out of the story, for better or worse, depending on your point of view.

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies won the weekend box-office race for a couple of reasons. It's a romantic comedy that works, for one thing. For another, it's a smart reworking of Romeo and Juliet.

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I lost count of the number of noggins that were perforated by hot lead in Bullet to the Head, but it was more than a dozen. Henchman apparently is a particularly dangerous job description, at least in this movie.