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Marshall Fine

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.

Interview: Kiefer Sutherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mira Nair's film of the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist isn't about terrorism, Kiefer Sutherland observes, but about the reaction to terrorism -- a very different thing.

Interview: Kiefer Sutherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mira Nair's film of the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist isn't about terrorism, Kiefer Sutherland observes, but about the reaction to terrorism - a ...

This Critic's 20-minute Rule

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Over the years, I've developed what I refer to as the 20-minute rule. It basically says that a movie that hasn't hooked me in the first 20 minutes probably isn't going to.

Movie Review: Mud

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is something both engaging and unique about Jeff Nichols' plain-spoken tale of youngsters learning hard lessons about the nature of love and the darker side of the adult world.

Movie Review: In the House

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Initially seeming like a comedy about the vicarious voyeurism of a literature teacher at a Paris high school, it casually transforms itself into something else: a psychological thriller of sorts, in which what is real is never quite clear and never particularly important.

Interview: Actor Alan Tudyk Plays a Racist in 42

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In the film about Jackie Robinson's first year in the majors, Chapman shows up spitting one racial epithet after another from in front of the Phillies' dugout at Ebbets Field, a monologue of bitter bigotry that left Tudyk feeling slightly hungover after each day of filming.

Movie Review: Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jacob Hatley's documentary about the late Levon Helm (who died in 2012) is a flinty valedictory to a rough-hewn but cagey and soulful musician.

Movie Review: Hitler's Children

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Chanoch Ze'evi's documentary, Hitler's Children, tracks down survivors of the top command of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. What they've made of the world is unique from person to person and raises questions in the viewer, as well.

When Movies Aren't Audience-Friendly

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You know what an audience-friendly film is. It tells a story that engages you about characters you can like and root for. Yet those films -- movies that seek to tell a story that uplifts or inspires -- often get short shrift from critics for that reason alone.

Movie Review: 42

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In telling Robinson's story, Helgeland doesn't dwell on the endless barrage of racist bile that Robinson (and his wife) endured, but he doesn't shy from it either. As a result, Robinson's achievement takes on more meaning and more power.