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Movie Review: Hank: Five Years From the Brink

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Now, we get Hank: Five Years from the Brink, in which former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry "Hank" Paulson gives us a play-by-play of how he, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve chairman Timothy Geithner, kept everything from collapsing while alternately massaging and challenging the various egos that ran the nation's largest banks.

Movie Review: Labor Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Labor Day is one of those movies that either gets you to buy in and play along, or loses you at a crucial moment, earning only your mockery for the rest of its running time.

Wrapping Up Sundance 2014

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit that seeing that many movies in that little time is like being in a semi-dream state for several days in a row. You are submerged in that world of movies -- and waiting for movies and writing about movies. It's exhausting and exhilarating, particularly when the movies are good.

Movie Review: Visitors

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Godfrey Reggio makes the kind of movies I think Terrence Malick longs to make. While Malick has already rejected story and plot, as well as dialogue, character development and, occasionally, even characters, he's never made a film where he ignored all of these things completely.

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter is one of those films that means well: It's earnest, filled with the spirit of forgiveness -- indeed, it wouldn't seem out of place on the Lifetime network.

Live From the Sundance Film Festival: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My last day at the Sundance Film Festival ended with a big bang: The Raid 2, Gareth Evans' sequel to his eye-popping 2011 action film The Raid. And it was a good day prior to that, with a pair of mysterious films -- one a sci-fi thriller, one a marital comedy -- and most of an eye-opening documentary.

Live From the Sundance Film Festival: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I had my mind blown by a movie Tuesday, in the middle of another five-movie day at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And it was blown in 3D.

Live From the Sundance Film Festival: Monday, Jan. 20

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite between Life Itself, Steve James' documentary about the late film critic Roger Ebert, and To Be Takei, by Jennifer Kroot, about the amazingly resilient career of actor George Takei.

Movie Review: Like Father, Like Son

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The set-up is a popular literary and cinematic plot contrivance: the switched-at-birth trope. But it is acted out in movingly stark relief in this story that also encompasses notions of nature-vs.-nurture, the distance between social classes and what fatherhood really means.

Movie review: Ride Along

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Whether it was Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Hope & Crosby, Martin & Lewis -- or such modern attempts as Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, or Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan -- the dynamic never varies between the cool guy and the eager wannabe who never will, but who'll win our hearts with his misguided, comically unsuccessful efforts.

Movie Review: Maidentrip

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.16.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dekker prevailed in court, then set off -- and that is mostly the movie. But what a subject: At 14, Laura Dekker has the poise, confidence, fearlessness and skill of someone two or three times her age.

Movie Review: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Arvin Chen's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? examines several different kinds of love in a gentle, engaging tale of two couples, each struggling at...

Wake Me After Awards Season

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Awards season is a phrase that makes it sound as though everyone is armed with shotguns, combing an empty cornfield in hopes of flushing statuettes ...

Movie Review: Cold Comes the Night

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You want to root for a little movie like Cold Comes the Night because it works so hard. But, finally, to not nearly enough effect.

An Apology From a Member of the New York Film Critics Circle

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Whether he was doing it to amuse or to garner publicity, the unfortunate remarks, delivered while one of the award winners was accepting an honor the group itself had chosen, was unconscionably rude behavior.

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

Movie review: Grudge Match

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unfortunately, the script for this film is never sharp or savvy enough to counteract both the ick factor -- two grandfathers beating each other up in boxing trunks -- and just the simple lackluster quality of it all.

Movie review: Lone Survivor

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Peter Berg's Lone Survivor opens at the end of the film on a harrowing moment about the title character, then jumps back in time to the beginning o...

Movie review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unless they find new ways to recycle their personae, comic actors would seem to have a limited shelf life. It's all about reinvention. Otherwise,...

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why would Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio lend their considerable talents to a project so devoid of anything resembling humanity, except in its most base and venal form? Why would anyone want to watch this movie -- and what would they come away with?

Movie Review: Walking With Dinosaurs

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Walking With Dinosaurs, a 3D movie whose title suggests spending a day with the Republican leadership, is like a more expensive Land Before Time: bad writing, corny jokes and a weak (and familiar) plot.

Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The only way I can imagine having fun watching Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is if I were drunk enough to be really funny myself, watching it with a group of friends on TV in the comfort of my living room, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style

Movie review: Her

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Theodore has no luck with the ladies -- even when they're practically drawing him illustrations of the human reproductive act. He's bereft after a break-up, convinced he's doomed to a life of solitude. Then he installs Samantha and she not only organizes his life -- she gets him, in a way that no one ever has gotten him.

Wrapping Up: 10th Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I came away from DIFF a believer in this as a film festival with a vision of the future of film, from the standpoint of aesthetics, technology and business.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Friday, Dec. 13

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When you stay at a film festival for more than three or four days, the law of diminishing returns usually catches up with you. Yet here I was on my seventh day of movie-going at the Dubai International Film Festival -- my last day here.