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Marshall Fine

Movie Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You shouldn't see Jiro Dreams of Sushi on an empty stomach. Indeed, you should have sushi in ready proximity once you have seen this fascinating look...

Movie review: Boy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Writer-director Taika Waititi may be the founder of his own school of humor: call it "cruel-reality" comedy, Kiwi division, as practiced in his film, ...

Movie Review: Being Flynn

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Adapted and directed by Paul Weitz, Being Flynn ostensibly is about Nick (Paul Dano), a would-be writer dealing with alcohol and commitment issues.

That's Not Funny

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While there are shows that make me laugh on a regular basis (from Curb Your Enthusiasm to The Big Bang Theory to Hot in Cleveland), there are many, many more that don't.

Movie Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

The Forgiveness of Blood is quietly compelling, a film about the traditions of the past hamstringing the present. It's a look at a clash of cultures that brings medieval thinking into the modern-day.

Movie Review: This Means War

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In some ways, War is the bromance version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which could have been by McG but, instead, was by Doug Liman, who is like McG with a functioning brain.

Clinton: 'Liberal' PBS Smear

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This nearly four-hour documentary by Barak Goodman, a long-time "American Experience" producer and director, is a smear job, though more the death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach than a straight-ahead takedown.

Movie Review: Chico & Rita

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Chico & Rita is like a graphic novel of a romantic drama, set to music that entices and inspires. It's the grown-up choice to win this year's Oscar for animated feature.

Gnarr!: Reykjavik's Comic Mayoral Doc Comes to America

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mayor Jon Gnarr Kristinsson -- better known as comedian Jon Gnarr -- relaxes in a rocking chair in a comfy sitting chamber, just off the conference room that's part of his suite of offices in Reykjavik City Hall.

Movie Review: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

She's a nonagenarian who, when dressed in black, looks a little like a bobble-head with a pipe-cleaner body. But, at the age of 91, entertainer Carol Channing has amazing energy and a rare spirit for life.

Wrapping up Sundance 2012 - Pt. 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Just when I thought I was done with Sundance, I get a comment from a reader posing several questions that seem not only thoughtful but relevant. So al...

Movie Review: The Grey

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Grey is gruesome at times, but it's also involving emotionally, as the puny mortals reveal themselves to each other in the face of something as insurmountable as the frigid Alaskan outback.

Live from Sundance Film Festival: Wednesday, Jan. 25

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I feel as though I carved a solid four days of films out of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, concluding with a final day that offered four films, the best of which was at once mysterious and compelling.

Live from Sundance Film Festival 2012: Sunday, Jan. 22

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I started my first day at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival mostly thankful to actually be in Park City in time for my first screening of the day. Then...

Movie Review: Red Tails

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Despite what no doubt were state-of-the-art visual effects thanks to the involvement of LucasFilm, Red Tails is further proof that visual tricks and flashily edited action sequences aren't enough to make a movie interesting.

Getting Ready for Sundance

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Seeing a movie without the slightest preconception of what you're going to see is the purest form of film-going, the place where excitement is born.

Movie Review: Joyful Noise

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Joyful Noise is a movie with big, rousing soul-gospel songs that take your mind off how mediocre -- or worse -- the rest of the movie is.

Movie Review: Pariah

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year has produced two films that explore minority attitudes toward sexuality: Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road, and now Dee Rees' Pariah, which explores the life of one young black woman whose parents are in deep denial about the fact that she's a lesbian.

Movie Review: A Separation

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Family dynamics make for potent drama -- and few films this year have used that idea to better effect than Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, which made my 10-best list for 2011.

Movie review: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You would think that, after World War II, Europe had seen all of the genocide it could stomach for a century or so. But, no, here came the Serbs in th...

Movie review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I keep want to referring to Stephen Daldry's film of Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close as, instead, ..& Incredibly Cute. That...

Movie review: The Adventures of Tintin

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Herge's Tintin comics have been huge in France since they were first published in 1929, but have never quite translated to American popularity. In the...

Movie review: Albert Nobbs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best movies find ways to be something larger than the one-line description that winds up in TV Guide or other brevity-obsessed outlets. And so it...

Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Unnecessary

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Fincher's film better than Oplev's? Not really. It's different; it's probably as good as the Swedish version. But better? Nope, sorry.

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Where the other Mission: Impossible films were calculated to appeal to the kid in adults, this film seems aimed right at kids, period.