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Marshall Fine Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Last Stand

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sometimes, all you want is a knock-down, guns-blazing approximation of an old-style western, even if it's set in contemporary times. As a modern oater, The Last Stand is shamelessly entertaining.

Movie Review: Red Dawn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The new Red Dawn isn't that much better than the original and doesn't make much more sense. About the only thing it doesn't do is make the imposing of Sharia law part of its package of horrors.

Review: Argo

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a little early to be proclaiming Ben Affleck's Argo the best movie of the year -- but one of the best? No question.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

Review: Hit & Run

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hit & Run is like a car doing doughnuts, driving in circles while going nowhere fast.

Movie Review: Trishna

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gorgeously shot and acted with aching tragic truthfulness, Michael Winterbottom's Trishna is a romance of depth and feeling.

Movie Review: Crazy Eyes

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crazy Eyes was spawned by the same boozy mentality (and, sometimes, sentimentality) that has inspired the work of everyone from Dylan Thomas to Charles Bukowski.

Movie Review: The Invisible War

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kirby Dick's shocking documentary, The Invisible War, details a small part of what seems like an epidemic -- not just of sexual assault in the military but of the closed-ranks mentality that keeps the outrage from bubbling into public view.

Movie review: Men in Black 3

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I will admit: I tend to have a bias against movies with the number "3" in the title. If there's ever a dead giveaway that all imagination has been sap...

Movie Review: The Intouchables

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Intouchables is a movie that already has been tarred with the condescending brush of American critics who mischaracterize it as patronizing to the character of Driss.

Movie Review: Elena

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though billed as a Russian film noir, Elena skimps on the noir, and more's the pity. Instead, it's a disciplined, controlled and ultimately disappointing drama of family tension and murder.

Movie Review: The Avengers

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Avengers is veined with wit, even as it offers exactly the kind of action that fanboys and normal movie-goers alike want out of something like this.

Movie Review: The Perfect Family

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't trust the trailers for Anne Renton's The Perfect Family. They make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire, one that attacks hypocrisy among the pious -- like something from the Farrelly brothers or, perhaps, John Waters.

Review: Friends With Kids

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Friends with Kids is never as funny as I wanted it to be -- but I'm starting to think that few films can be. It's a smart romantic comedy that should amuse both halves of the couples who see it on date night.

Movie Review: Coriolanus

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.30.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Never a popular part of the Shakespeare canon, Coriolanus bears a peculiar timeliness, in the muscular directorial debut by Ralph Fiennes.

Movie review: Outrage

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Takeshi Kitano has always been a rule-breaker so it's no surprise that Outrage, his latest gangster film, should foil expectations. A good part of th...

Movie review: A Dangerous Method

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is about the talking cure - specifically, the kind of talk therapy pioneered by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung at t...

Movie Review: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Every time it feels as though the law of diminishing returns is about to catch up with this movie, the writers pull another wild bit out of their bag of tricks. Some of them work; some of them don't.

Movie Review: The Rum Diary

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Rum Diary is like a lengthy drinking binge of a movie: It's fun for a while, seems to offer more meaning than it actually does -- and leaves you wishing it hadn't ended so badly.

Movie Review: Puss in Boots 3D

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Puss in Boots 3D is about what you'd expect -- a two-dimensional comedy shown with technology to make you believe you're seeing something you're not. And one of the things you're not seeing -- or, rather, hearing -- is witty dialogue.

Movie Review: Like Crazy

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What kind of young-adult romance-drama wins Sundance? One that keeps you wondering just how happy its ending will prove to be. Happiness, indeed, is ...

Review: The Ides of March

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you're too high-minded to get down in the mud with your opponent -- but your opponent can grab victory by playing dirty -- who's the winner?

Movie Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to pigeonhole a director like Marc Forster, who has directed films as varied as Monster's Ball, Quantum of Solace, Stranger than Fiction and...

Movie Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

His recent airplane exploits aside, Gerard Depardieu remains one of the great actors of French film. And the fabulous brute adds further to his legacy with the comic, touching My Afternoons with Margueritte.

Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are laughs to be had in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, though they're inconsistent and haphazard. The whole movie has that sloppy feel, as though it were assembled from leftover parts of other, better comedies.