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Movie Review: Carnage

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carnage refocuses itself in this film. Unlike the play, it is not simply about the breakdown of civilization -- or at least, of civilized behavior. It's about the very untwining of the ties that shelter civilization from the dominance of self-interest.

Movie review: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to believe no one has done a film tribute to Roger Corman before Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton's loving time...

Movie review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Actress Tilda Swinton seems caught in the role of mother of troubled teens and shepherdess of similar lost sheep. She's played them with quiet panic ...

The 10 Best Films of 2011

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Descendants is my favorite film of the year for its ability to find the pain, dignity and humor in the story of a man watching his way of life die, even as he has to act as steward to its demise.

Ralph Fiennes likes contradictions in Coriolanus

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ralph Fiennes heard his first Shakespeare as a child, initially on phonograph records, then in films. "I saw (Sir Laurence) Olivier's Henry V in a sm...

Movie review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thrillers and spy tales have devolved in movies to a hash of slice'n'dice editing, prefabricated plots and outlandish action and gunplay that makes al...

Movie Review: New Year's Eve

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When is a comedy not a comedy? When it's one of what apparently is becoming a series of holiday-themed movies by Garry Marshall.

Director Steve McQueen Discusses Shame and Sex Addiction

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Addicted to sex? What man isn't? McQueen assumed it was just an exaggerated form of promiscuity -- at worst, a lapse of self-control as opposed to a life-destroying compulsion. The more he learned, the more he understood how wrong he was.

Judy Greer Just Happy to Still Be in the Picture

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

She's generating major buzz -- perhaps even Oscar buzz - for her role in Alexander Payne's The Descendants. But actress Judy Greer is just happy to b...

Dear Roger Ebert: Let Your TV Show End

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Really -- between video blogs and all the other on-demand-style movie criticism available on the Internet, the notion of a movie-review show on TV seems a little quaint.

Movie review: Sleeping Beauty

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Perhaps I'm not qualified to write about Sleeping Beauty, the debut film from Australian director Julia Leigh. I am, after all, a middle-aged man. An...

Comedian Richard Lewis: Anxiety poster child

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.30.2012 | Comedy
Marshall Fine

He's in the midst of a full-scale media blitz in Manhattan - doing The View, the Howard Stern Show, Keith Olbermann, Joy Behar - but comedian Richard ...

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: Shame

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that the dim-witted and near-sighted MPAA has slapped an NC-17 rating on Steve McQueen's Shame implies that there is something prurient about...

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...

Actor Jean Dujardin Speaks Up About Keeping Silent

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

M0dern audiences have no relationship with the silent films with which cinematic history began. That makes The Artist perhaps the gutsiest new release of the year-end season.

Producer Todd Lieberman pivots from The Fighter to The Muppets

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With a resume whose films run the gamut from Wild Hogs, Beauty Shop and Beverly Hills Chihuahua to Traitor and The Fighter, Todd Lieberman would eithe...

Movie review: The Artist

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Artist may be the year's most brightly imaginative and purely enjoyable film. It may also be the toughest sell. How many people, after all, will ...

Review: My Week With Marilyn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard now to conceive of just how huge a star Marilyn Monroe was at the peak of her fame in the mid-1950s. Take Lady Gaga, multiply her by Brangelina at their most visible -- and then take it to the 10th power.

Interview: Director Simon Curtis discusses My Week with Marilyn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Simon Curtis bristles a little when asked why, having directed so extensively in television and produced numerous films, it took him so long to direct...

Movie Review: The Muppets

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been 20 years since the death of Jim Henson. And Frank Oz has retired as the voice of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. But the Muppets live on in The Muppets movie, as funny, outlandish and sweet as ever.

Movie review: Rampart

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having teamed up for the emotionally demanding The Messenger, filmmaker Oren Moverman and actor Woody Harrelson join forces again for Rampart, a seari...

Woody and Jerry: Docs Celebrate Comic Genius

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you look at comedy in the 20th century, the list of those whose work has depth, breadth and longevity is a small one: Charlie Chaplin, Lewis, Allen.

Movie Review: The Descendants -- The Year's Best Film

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll say it flat out -- Alexander Payne's new film, The Descendants, is my favorite of the year, a movie that manages to be heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time.