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Movie Review: Lockout

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In Lockout, we have a prison-escape film that features an actor in search of literal escape -- from this film.

An End to "Found Footage" Films -- Please!

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm declaring a moratorium on the "found footage" mock documentary. And, while we're at it, how about the same thing for movies shot to look like they're hand-held documentaries, even when they're just fiction films?

Review: The Assault

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like Paul Greengrass' United 93, this film focuses on urgent action in tightly enclosed spaces, which also leads to an occasional lack of clarity when we're not sure what we're seeing.

Movie review: We Have a Pope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thoughtful but funny in a low-key way, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope examines the idea of papal succession through a fictional story that reminds us ...

Movie Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The key here is the mix of tones Spurlock achieves: a blend of boyish gee-whiz fascination and a winking sense of the absurdity of grown-ups devoting their lives to this sort of fantasy and role-playing.

Review: The urgency of The Island President

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Island President may already be too late, in terms of the changes it hopes to effect. But Nasheed remains a courageous and inspiring figure, particularly now that he's been forced from office by stand-ins for the kind of forces he has been trying to combat.

Review: The Importance of Bully

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lee Hirsch's Bully can't help but move you. It's an important and powerful film, one that should be required viewing for kids of any age -- and their parents.

What Is Reality on Reality TV?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Indeed, all these shows had their forebears in the days of radio. But, for the sake of argument, let's leave our family-tree tracing to the early days of TV. There are really only four models for most reality shows, four shows from which all others spring.

Interview: Mark Duplass and Ed Helms Talk Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ed Helms understands comedy. But the kind of improv that writer-directors Mark and Jay Duplass do made him a little nervous.

Movie review: Detachment

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Our urban schools are screwed up; our teachers are under siege and burnt out; and the parents of the children who cause the most problems are the leas...

Movie Review: Casa de mi Padre

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.14.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll give Will Ferrell credit for this: There aren't many actors who would make an entire comedy in a foreign language just as a joke. Now -- if only the joke itself were funny...

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While Hill, writer Michael Bacall and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller want to spoof cop procedurals, they also want to make an actual cop-action film. That blend of comedy and action is a tough one, almost as tough as romantic comedy.

Movie review: Seeking Justice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Playing like some disjointed hybrid of Strangers on a Train and The Parallax View by way of Death Wish, Seeking Justice is never terrible - just never...

Movie review: Silent House

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.09.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Silent House is one of those gimmick-movies that you can easily imagine beginning with a conversation along the lines of, "Hey, you know what would be...

Movie review: Shakespeare High

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There seem to be an endless series of student competitions about which to make documentaries - and any number have been made over the years. From Sp...

Review: Friends With Kids

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Friends with Kids is never as funny as I wanted it to be -- but I'm starting to think that few films can be. It's a smart romantic comedy that should amuse both halves of the couples who see it on date night.

Israeli Filmmaker Joseph Cedar Talks About His Footnote

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Footnote, Joseph Cedar's fourth film, won the award for best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011 and was one of the nominees for this y...

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.