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Marshall Fine

Movie Review: Why Stop Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why Stop Now boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong.

Movie Review: Robot & Frank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A caper film whose biggest thief is actually the inexorable flow of time, Robot & Frank is a terrific character study that offers the always-captivating Frank Langella the opportunity to stretch out a little bit.

Movie Review: Compliance

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Craig Zobel's Compliance may be the creepiest movie of the year. It has no physical violence, no sex, barely even a raised voice -- and yet it burrows into your brain and keeps burrowing, the longer you watch.

Movie Review: ParaNorman

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from a script by Butler, ParaNorman is a marvel of stop-motion animation, built on a script of flat jokes and frantic, frenetic but uninvolving action.

Review: Chicken With Plums

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chicken with Plums, opening Friday in limited release, is a fascinating puzzle: at once a mordant comedy, a tale of unrequited love and a story of heart-breaking artistry.

Movie Review: Cosmopolis

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As one would expect from Cronenberg, there are sudden moments of shocking violence to go with the moments of unsexy sex. None of it will distract you from the fact that this limo, like the whole enterprise titled Cosmopolis, is going nowhere.

Review: 2 Days in New York

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In her follow-up to 2 Days in Paris, actress-filmmaker Julie Delpy moves her focus across the Atlantic and switches leading men -- from Adam Goldberg to Chris Rock.

Review: Goats

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It used to be that a movie that celebrated the use of marijuana was considered shocking, scandalous, unacceptable and inappropriate. To some people, it probably still is.

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.

The Best Thing That Could Happen to Kristen Stewart

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If, in fact, her personal life somehow hurts her standing with her young fans -- if the fans can no longer look up to her as a role model because she's a 22-year-old who got tired of one man and was tempted by another -- well, I'd say it's the best thing that could happen to her.

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.

Why Hollywood Studios Fear Political Content

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is the least of Hollywood's worries, for my money. The major studios have a bigger problem -- such as the fact that they so seldom make movies with serious themes or content. And they never address actual political issues if they can avoid it.

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.

Real Violence vs. My 'Death Threats'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unlike negative reactions to my review of The Dark Knight Rises this week, actual news happened last night in the form of a tragedy, when someone walked into a suburban Denver multiplex and killed at least a dozen people.

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: 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.

Interview: Author Don Winslow and The Kings of Cool

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Kings of Cool picks up the story of the Savages trio -- the weed-dealing Ben, Chon and Ophelia -- a few years before Savages. Prequel? Not exactly -- at least writer Don Winslow doesn't look at it that way.

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: 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.

Interview: Neil Young and Jonathan Demme's Journeys

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The first time, it was about creating a concert. This time, say Neil Young and Jonathan Demme, it was about capturing one. And doing it as faithfully -- both visually and, more important, aurally -- as possible.

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.