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Marshall Fine Movie Reviews

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...

HuffPost Review: Soul Surfer

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Director Sean McNamara's roots in TV -- shows such as That's So Raven -- are apparent. Even with Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and young AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, Soul Surfer feels like a TV movie.

HuffPost Review: Hop

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hop's two-dimensional presentation during a year when 3D is completely overdone certainly earns the movie extra points in my book. Unfortunately, that is about the best I can say about it.

HuffPost Review: Wrecked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've got to hand it to Adrien Brody, perhaps the gamest actor working in films today. An Oscar-winner, he's willing to go wherever he thinks the in...

HuffPost Review: Super

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If the description of Super sounds a lot like last year's Kick-Ass, well, it's essentially the same movie, with a slightly different sensibility. Kic...

HuffPost Review: Potiche

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a boulevard comedy that was a stage hit in Paris in the 1970s, Francois Ozon's Potiche is a curiosity that is neither funny nor striking enough to live up to its ambitions.

Movie Review: Win Win

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An editor once defined the word "dilemma" for me as "a choice between two undesirable outcomes." Life is full of dilemmas. So are movies: Without dil...

HuffPost Review: Battle Los Angeles

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Maybe the proliferation of computer-generated imagery in contemporary film has so inured us to visual magic that we don't even appreciate what a miracle Jonathan Liebesman's Battle Los Angeles is.

HuffPost Review: Making 'The Boys'

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crayton Robey's documentary Making 'The Boys' chronicles changes in both gay culture and its acceptance by mainstream America, reminding us that 40 years ago, gays and lesbians had fewer civil rights than black people or women.

HuffPost Review: Rango

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Visually, Gore Verbinski's Rango is so stunning and clever that you can almost forgive it for the fact that, really, it's just not very funny. Almost.

HuffPost Review: Heartbeats

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I don't have a lot to say about Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats because the impression this slight, aimless film left on me was so negligible.

HuffPost Review: Hall Pass

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not about to debate the value of vulgar humor. But I will say that I welcome the Farrelly brothers back to the R-rated fold with Hall Pass, their funniest film in a decade.

HuffPost Review: The Last Lions

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The flood of bogus "reality" TV has cheapened the value we place in the kind of carefully, even lovingly, filmed nature films like The Last Lions, an intensely up-close look at the life of a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs.

HuffPost Review: Vanishing on 7th Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It isn't long before you figure out that there aren't any larger ideas at work in Vanishing on 7th Street than the ones that are on the surface.

HuffPost Review: Gnomeo and Juliet

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gnomeo and Juliet is exactly the kind of movie you wish for when you're the parent of small children. It's fast, funny and smart enough to tickle the ...

HuffPost Review: Carancho

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carancho has a headlong feel. It's gripping and involving while focusing squarely on one man's ability to ignore his own better instincts -- and what happens when he no longer can.

HuffPost Reviews: Dressed; Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dressed has the feel of a puffed-up reality TV outing, and Vidal Sassoon feels like an infomercial, selling the 80-plus-year-old stylist.

HuffPost Review: The Rite

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Too often, movie-makers can't tell the difference between right and wrong. Like The Rite -- which is way wrong.