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Marshall Fine Movie Review

Review: The Campaign

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's why I'd almost be willing to give The Campaign a pass on the fact that it's sloppy, inconsistent and only intermittently funny.

Review: Hope Springs

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

They take a very specific couple and make them universal. It could be a primer on what couple's therapy is about, how it works and how the results won't always be life-changing breakthroughs -- at least not right away.

Movie Review: The Babymakers

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Babymakers wants to be a Judd Apatow comedy. Instead, it's like a third-rate Comedy Central sitcom, with dirty words, little nudity and fewer laughs than fingers on one hand.

Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Both are about intense relationships between young adults that end -- and yet go on. Both are stories of love that has grown one-sided. And both ache with the unavoidable self-pity that goes along with that kind of situation -- while finding the laughs in that same circumstance.

Movie Review: Killer Joe

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In a summer of movies made of bombastic special effects and obvious action, Killer Joe still has the ability to surprise by keeping it down and dirty -- though you'll need a strong stomach to make it to the end.

Review: Ruby Sparks

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ruby Sparks could be a tasty bit of magical realism in romantic-comedy form, the first produced screenplay by actress Zoe Kazan, who plays the title character. Except for one serious problem.

Movie Review: Searching for Sugar Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The strangeness of truth compared to the limits of the human imagination gets a crystalline demonstration in Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man.

Movie Review: The Queen of Versailles

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Schadenfreude is a tempting thing. That's particularly true when dealing with characters like the ones at the center of Lauren Greenfield's stunning documentary, The Queen of Versailles.

Movie Review: Union Square

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Union Square may grate on you early on but, like its main character, all it wants is for the audience to give it a chance to show what it's really about. In this case, it's not too much to ask.

Movie Review: Collaborator

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Collaborator, an assured directorial debut for actor Martin Donovan (who also wrote the script) is smart, funny and tense, featuring a riveting performance by David Morse.

Movie review: To Rome With Love

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Woody Allen's To Rome With Love is a valentine to that city, rendered through a series of semi-connected stories set in the Italian hub. It's light and frothy, mixing silliness, romance, magic realism and absurdity.

Movie Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World strikes a different chord: one that is wistfully romantic, a little melancholy and unexpectedly funny.

Movie Review: Marina Abramovic -- the Artist Is Present

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I settled in for the screening of Marina Abramovic -- The Artist is Present, with the same skepticism I'd had when I went to see her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which the film documents.

Movie Review: Bel Ami

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not sure why, but no one has been willing or able to speak truth to box-office power, so let me try: Robert Pattinson is a terrible actor.

Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Small and delightfully self-assured, Safety Not Guaranteed celebrates the idea of taking a chance and accepting the unexpected, in ways that are quietly funny.

Movie Review: A Cat in Paris

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nominated for the Oscar as best animated feature (which went to the visually brilliant but drastically unfunny Rango), A Cat in Paris is a slight but entertaining tale, most noteworthy for going old-school, with hand-drawn animation.

Movie review: Wallander: The Revenge

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Wallander: The Revenge is the first of the Swedish adaptations to reach this country, in the wake of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-inspired frenzy for Scandinavian mystery-thrillers.

Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

For a movie based on a fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is kind of grim -- or is that Grimm?

Movie Review: High School

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The temptation to make lots of marijuana-derived jokes would be a lot stronger if High School, an alleged stoner comedy, were actually funny.

Movie Review: Lovely Molly

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lovely Molly is a direct descendant of The Blair Witch Project. But this genre of horror film is played out -- or at least this slight, rarely unnerving effort makes it seem so.

Movie Review: Hysteria

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Oh, let's just get it out there: This is a movie about the invention of the vibrator and women seizing the reins of their own pleasure.

Movie Review: Polisse

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Maiwenn Le Besco's Polisse is tough and compelling, a police drama with no real plot but, rather, a snapshot slice-of-life of a group of Paris cops coping with what may be the most demanding assignment on the force.

Movie Review: A Bag of Hammers

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A Bag of Hammers isn't out to change the world. But it does capture the sense of what happens when our world does change, in ways that bigger, more expensive films too seldom achieve.

Movie Review: Dreadful Dark Shadows

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When Tim Burton and Johnny Depp decided, "Oh, wouldn't it be fun to make a movie out of the campy '60s TV show Dark Shadows," the correct response should have been the following three words: Wild Wild West.

Movie Review: Safe

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Boaz Yakin's Safe is high-octane silliness, a movie whose individual parts are greater than their sum.