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Lynn Shelton Makes It Up As She Goes Along

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It wasn't supposed to be a sister. In fact, as originally conceived by writer-director Lynn Shelton, Your Sister's Sister could have been titled "Your Sister's Mother."

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.

Josh Lucas: No Hide Away From Tides of Career

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lucas is under no illusion that Hide Away is a mainstream film. But he enjoyed taking the risks inherent in making an independent film with a very personal point of view.

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: 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: 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: 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.

Interview: Director Richard Linklater and Bernie

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Bernie, based on a true-crime story from a small Texas town, is a film Linklater knew he wanted to make when he first read the Texas Monthly story about the case in 1998.

Catching Up: The Three Stooges, Girls, Tribeca

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I personally don't care one way or the other about how young Lena Dunham is, how nondiverse the show's cast is or any of the other gripes. I think the show is smart and funny.

Movie Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Five-Year Engagement wrings a slightly different change on the old boy-meets-girl formula -- and finds enough big laughs to make the whole thing enjoyable, even if it's never particularly fresh.

Kasdan Meets Kline: It's the Kev and Larry Show!

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a gorgeous spring day in Manhattan, which seems to have both actor Kevin Kline and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan restless.

Movie Review: Marley

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Marley is a welcome documentary, one that celebrates Bob Marley's spirit, his genius and his influence. If it errs on the side of hagiography, well, at least it gives us glimpses of previously unseen Marley performances.

Movie Review: Think Like a Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It says something about the state of romantic comedies today that the ideas in a movie like Think Like a Man -- or in books like Steve Harvey's Act Li...

Movie Review: To the Arctic

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To the Arctic, like the cable series Frozen Planet, provides a precious historical record. At some point in the future, films like this will provide the only visual record of polar bears, caribou and other Arctic fauna that will eventually disappear.

Actor Guy Pearce Pumps Up for Lockout

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stranded in outer space, stranded in Serbia -- how much different can it be? Not much, says actor Guy Pearce, whose newest film, Lockout, opened Friday.