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Marshall Fine Movie Reviews

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.

HuffPost Review: Chasing Madoff

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chasing Madoff is a searing indictment of the fast-and-loose free-market attitude that nearly sank the world economy. I can't imagine how painful it would be to watch it, were I someone who had lost a fortune to Madoff's malfeasance.

Movie Review: Conan the Barbarian

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are plenty of battles in the new version of Conan the Barbarian, but the two key matchups -- pitting this film against the 1982 version -- wind up as a draw. Sort of.

HuffPost Review: The Help

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.

HuffPost Review: The Devil's Double

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chilling, thrilling and hard to take at times, The Devil's Double offers one of the great performances of this or any year -- or is it two performances?

HuffPost Review: Horrible Bosses

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Most viewers will get some laughs from Horrible Bosses -- and they may not think it's horrible. But saying it's not horrible is another way of saying that this movie is consistently disappointing.

HuffPost Review: The Perfect Host

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nobody's perfect, least of all The Perfect Host, a thriller that quickly spins out of control, despite a daring performance by David Hyde Pierce in the title role.

Movie Review: Cars 2 -- Four Flat Tires

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cars 2 wins the award for the most unnecessary sequel of the year -- at least until someone makes another Jonah Hex movie. Yes, yes, I know - the 200...

HuffPost Review: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Imagine penguins sledding on their stomachs down a slurry of spilled ice buckets in the middle of a black-tie charity event. If that sounds like a lot of laughs, then you're either a six-year-old or the ideal adult audience member for this movie.

Movie Review: Hesher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Spencer Susser's dark comedy hangs in there for about half of its running time, it eventually runs out of ideas and goes soft, when it's been hard-edged from the jump.

HuffPost Review: Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I get the joke about Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. I wish it was a little funnier -- or more pointed. It's provocative; it could be more so.

HuffPost Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There have been any number of comics who have aspired to the mantle held by comic Lenny Bruce and his obvious heir, Richard Pryor. Their successors ra...