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Marshall Fine

Why No One Cares About This Year's Oscars

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If anything, the disconnect between the studios and quality films is more pronounced now than it's ever been. Hollywood's solution? Open up more slots in the best-picture category, in hopes of tricking Oscar voters into nominating some box-office hits as well as the arthouse fare that seems to dominate the awards.

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you crossed a disaster film from the 1970s with a low-budget action-thriller from the last five years, you'd get something that looks like Non-Stop.

Movie Review: The Lunchbox

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ritesh Batra's moving, subtly witty and perceptive film, opening Friday in limited release, is a showcase for its two stars, the marvelous Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, who is a fresh face to me and an actress capable of the kind of interior life that Khan always brings to the screen.

The Worst Generation(s)

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Even as Boomers wallowed in the glories that were the films of the 1970s, we took all the wrong lessons from them.

Movie Review: In Secret

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Charlie Stratton's In Secret is based on Emile Zola's Therese Raquin -- but were it set in a different time period, it could have been a film noir like Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice.

The Woman Who Shot Elaine Stritch

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After almost 20 years in the business, Chiemi Karasawa made the move from being a script supervisor on feature films to being a producer who made documentaries. When she started making Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, she had no intention of playing musical chairs right into the director's seat as well.

Movie Review: Omar

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

That question of loyalty, deception and betrayal haunts the Oscar-nominated film Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, whose dark, weirdly funny Paradise Now was also an Oscar nominee.

Movie Review: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Elaine Stritch is one of those pop-culture figures who you either know too much about or have never heard of. A star of the Broadway stage for 70 years, she landed in New York at 18, took the town by storm and never looked back.

Can a Little Movie Get Some Love?

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's everything you need to know about what's wrong with the movie industry today: This week, three remakes of movies that didn't need remakes -- or weren't very good in the first place -- will open on thousands of screens: Robocop, Endless Love and About Last Night.

Movie Review: Winter's Tale

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Helprin's book is a tad precious, but Goldsman has no trouble shmaltzing it up in a way that undercuts the magic, while calling attention to the massive effort he needs to create the kind of wizardry that Helprin can do with a sentence or two.

Re-heat The Beatles

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Unfortunately, we -- and by we, I speak now of my cohort, the Baby Boom generation -- seem to be the ones who have turned nostalgia into an industry. Which takes most of the fun out of it.

Bob Dylan, Corporate Shill

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I don't want to make too big a deal about Bob Dylan appearing in a Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl and yet, I'm afraid, it is a big deal.

Movie Review: The Monuments Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As the evidence shows, Monuments Men would not have been in the awards mix. Well-made and honorable, it's also a movie that never achieves much momentum.

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit that, during moments in The Lego Movie, my mouth was hanging open at the audacity and imagination of the images I was seeing.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Appreciation

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman's work in a serious way at Sundance in 1998, when he showed up in significant roles in two different films: Next Stop Wonderland and Montana.

Joyce Maynard Discusses Pie Crust -- and Labor Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Joyce Maynard admits that her favorite scene in Jason Reitman's film of her novel Labor Day is one that wasn't in the book.

Movie Review: Tim's Vermeer

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Penn and Teller's Tim's Vermeer is like a cinematic magic trick, one that unveils itself over the course of roughly 90 minutes -- and encompasses the years it took Tim Jenison to work the illusion. Except it's not an illusion.

Movie Review: At Middleton

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Adam Rodgers' At Middleton is that rarity: a romantic comedy that manages to surprise by subverting the formula and coming up with something fresh.

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.