iOS app Android app

Marshall Fine

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.

Movie review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What can you say about Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows that wasn't said previously about Ritchie's Baker Street reboot from 2009, She...

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...