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Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Secrets and lies carried the day in most of the five films I saw Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then, aren't the most interesting movies built around them? It's so obvious that Mike Leigh used the idea as the title of one of his finest efforts.

Toronto Film Festival 2013: Don't Give Me the Business

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I used to anticipate the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF, as it were) with something approaching glee. But as I prepare to head north on Sunday, I feel, well, not dread or even trepidation -- I guess resignation is the word I'm looking for.

Movie Review: Adore

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This Australian film, from director Anne Fontaine, was titled Two Mothers when it screened at Sundance in January, The Grandmothers when it was a short novel by Doris Lessing.

Actor Josh Pais gets Touchy Feely

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It was a moment that actor Josh Pais has grown increasingly used to: someone coming up to him (in this case, outside a theater where a film he was i...

Movie Review: Touchy Feely

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lynn Shelton obviously isn't a filmmaker whose work suits everyone's taste. With her lightly scripted, improvisational approach to movies, there's a certain shaggy quality to her work -- or at least to the films of hers I've seen (and liked): Humpday and Your Sister's Sister.

Movie Review: Salinger

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After all the hype about its supposedly mind-blowing revelations about the late J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno's Salinger turns out to be a hype -- an overblown, overlong documentary with little that is either truly revelatory or earth-shaking.

Movie Review: A Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hannah Fidell's A Teacher is exactly the kind of movie I love to discover at film festivals: small, low-budget, without famous faces -- but with a strong dramatic vision and the intelligence to carry it out with minimal resources.

Miley Cyrus and the Death of Talent

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A lifetime ago, when I was writing about rock'n'roll for a daily newspaper, I had to watch and then write about the very first MTV Video Music Awar...

Movie Review: Getaway

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Getaway is like the ultimate reductionist car-centric action film. It feels less like a movie made from an actual script and more like director Courtney Solomon composed a list of things he wanted to put in, then assembled those items into something that vaguely resembled a movie.

Movie Review: Afternoon Delight - All Hail Kathryn Hahn!

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit it. I have a critic's crush on Kathryn Hahn. Jill Soloway's witty, surprising Afternoon Delight only confirms it.

Movie Review: Our Nixon

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A fascinating patchwork of news footage and home movies, Our Nixon is at once intriguing and compelling, an inside peek at people who seemed to make secrecy a watchword.

Movie Review: Passion

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Passion isn't Brian De Palma's first remake, but it may be his worst: an over-inflated, melodramatically hot-blooded version of what was a cool French thriller.

Movie Review: Closed Circuit

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Crowley's Closed Circuit, arriving in the wake of the Bradley Manning decision and the ongoing Edward Snowden affair, is more than timely: It's the most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real.

Movie Review: Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So many films today seem to carry the same references to earlier work, indicating the influences that shaped the filmmaker in his work. But references are one thing; using those references for fresh inspiration is something else.

Movie Review: JOBS

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's nothing that terrible about Joshua Michael Stern's JOBS, a skimpy, often overly specific film biography about the late Apple inventor, Steve Jobs. Still, it would be interesting to see this film with another actor playing Jobs.

Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kick-Ass 2 is every bit as stupid as this photograph makes it look. I remember hating 2010's Kick-Ass as being sadistic, unexciting and not funny e...

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Movie Review: You Will Be My Son

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You Will Be My Son is a fascinating study of behavior: The domineering but always courtly Paul de Marseul, as played by Arestrup, casually but purposely disrupts the lives of everyone around him to achieve his own ends.

Movie Review: Lovelace

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that porn has become such a punchline in our culture -- something that is joked about in mainstream humor as a signifier for all that is horny, male and, often, lower-class -- is hard to believe, from the perspective of the social history captured in Lovelace.

Movie Review: Elysium

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who thought District 9 might be some sort of newcomer fluke needs only watch the first few minutes of Elysium to see that Neill Blomkamp is the real thing: a visionary filmmaker with a headful of dystopia and the story-telling ability to give it some punch.

Movie Review: We're the Millers

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedy is subjective, so there are bound to be haters for We're the Millers. But, speaking as someone who enjoys vulgar humor that is both mean and smart, I can tell you that I laughed a lot during this brisk, consistently funny movie.

Movie Review: In a World

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In A World announces the arrival of a new triple-threat talent: Lake Bell, already established as an actress. She wrote and directed (and produced) this new film, which was a delight at Sundance and arrives in the dog days of summer like a cool breeze.

Movie Review: 2 Guns

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's been a lot of action at the movies this summer, very little of it memorable. So Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns comes as a welcome surprise: a film with the wit, tension and sheer headlong pace to grab and hold your attention for a brisk 106 minutes.

Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare teenager who can see beyond tomorrow. While they may worry about the future, they tend to live in the moment because, among other things, they feel immortal and most have little evidence to the contrary.

Movie Review: The Wolverine

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (and long after the story in the sorry X-Men Origins: Wolverine), The Wolverine finds Logan living in the woods somewhere in the American northwest.