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Marshall Fine

An Open Letter to Will Smith: Please, No Wild Bunch Remake

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Wild Bunch -- well, I won't go so far as to say that it's sacrosanct. But there's really no way to improve upon it and no need to revisit it. Comparisons are odious, as Christopher Marlowe noted.

Movie Review: The East

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A movie that's bound to set your paranoia sensors flashing, The East is a cerebral thriller in which it's hard to tell who's the hero and who's the villain.

Movie Review: Fill the Void

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fill the Void is as interesting for the things it doesn't do as for what it does. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein and set in the Hasidic community of Tel Aviv, it's a story about family and a sense of duty, informed by a devout faith.

Movie Review: The Hangover Part III

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I heartily endorse the original Hangover. Now we've got Part III. And yes, I recognize that the Roman numeral is meant as a joke -- but I have to point out that it's about as funny as many of the gags in this uneven and busy film.

Movie Review: Before Midnight

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who's been married for any length of time should be able to enjoy Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, if squirming in your seat can be considered a form of enjoyment.

Movie Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Other documentarians may be more famous than Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, but there's no one working right now who afflicts the comfortable with more energy and pointedness than Gibney.

My Annual Anti-3D Sermon

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My heart sinks every time I show up for a screening of some big summer movie (or any other movie, for that matter) and they hand me the 3D glasses.

Movie Review: The English Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I often note how difficult it is to create a comedy that's not only smart and funny but also charming and surprising. But first-time director Craig Zisk, a TV veteran, has done that with The English Teacher.

Movie Review: Black Rock

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having broken through as a filmmaker with the intriguing and moving The Freebie, actress Katie Aselton suffers the sophomore slump with her second film as a director, Black Rock.

Movie Review: Pieta

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyway, Kim Ki-Duk's Pieta, opening in limited release tomorrow, is as twisted and unexpected as much of the Korean cinema that has reached this shore.

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The conventional wisdom about the Star Trek movies starring the cast of the original TV show was that the even-numbered films were the good ones and the odd-numbered ones kind of sucked.

Movie Review: Frances Ha

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Never a filmmaker for whom story seemed particularly important, Baumbach collaborated here with his star, Greta Gerwig, for what feels like an amorphous and fragmentary story of a delusional young woman who doesn't seem to want to grow up.

Sarah Polley and the Stories She Tells

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stories We Tell -- Sarah Polley's third as a director -- looks at Polley's family history, focusing on the story of her mother, Diane, who died when Polley was 11. Polley uses the film to explore the central mystery of her own life: her real parentage.

Finding Out What Maisie Knew From the Adults Around Her

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Onata Aprile is at the center of the film as Maisie, in an almost eerily natural, watchful performance. She always seems to be in the camera's focus, while the marital squabbles and romantic entanglements explode in the background.

Movie Review: Aftershock

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Aftershock is competently made and effective at making you squirm. That's as much praise as I'm willing to dish out.

Movie Review: Stories We Tell

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell is one of the year's best films: funny, moving, thought-provoking -- and so personal that it strikes universal chords.

Movie Review: Sightseers

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you ever imagine gruesome deaths befalling people who annoy you in the course of your day -- people you may not even know but who instantly rub you the wrong way -- well, this is the movie for you.

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Don't believe the hate. The Great Gatsby is not a terrible film; indeed, it's a surprisingly affecting one.

Movie Review: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fashion entered my life in junior high school, when it suddenly became imperative that I own a Gant dress shirt, the kind with a loop on the back. The...

Xan Cassavetes Makes an Un-vampire Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Xan Cassavetes didn't set out to make a vampire film. In fact, though her newest film is called Kiss of the Damned, opening today (5/3/13), she's still not convinced she has.

Movie Review: Iron Man Three

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So is the third film the decider in a series? Two out of three good enough for immortality? In the case of Iron Man Three (as the closing credits have it), I'd say it's probably too close to call.

Movie Review: Love Is All You Need

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Love Is All You Need is an unexpectedly upbeat film from the chronically downbeat Susanne Bier -- if you can use upbeat to describe a romance between ...

Movie Review: The Iceman

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems startling to me that so few people recognize the name of actor Michael Shannon when they hear it. Perhaps The Iceman will make the difference.

Movie Review: What Maisie Knew

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Adapted and extrapolated from Henry James' novel of the same name, What Maisie Knew is a film that puts the audience right in the title character's world -- and forces it to experience it the way she does.

Movie Review: Midnight's Children

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though a bit literal for a film that traffics in magical realism, Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children is both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal -- and occasionally twinned -- story.