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Movie Review: Hanna

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hanna and her father live in a cabin near the Arctic Circle -- but their time there is about to come to an end. He's training her for a mission: to find her way to a certain address in Munich.

HuffPost Review: Your Highness

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

By the logic of the script for Your Highness, if I want to write an amusing review of the film, all I need to do is type the word "f**k" 500 times. O...

HuffPost Review: Arthur

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Let's start with a fact. The 1981 film Arthur is a middling piece of studio comedy, buoyed (in the first half) by an unexpectedly effervescent perform...

HuffPost Review: In a Better World

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.01.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Winner of this year's Oscar as best foreign-language film, In a Better World is an intriguing examination of the ideas of revenge and forgiveness, but it wraps things up too neatly to be truly compelling.

HuffPost Review: Queen to Play

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Queen to Play seems so obvious in its metaphors and plotting that you come away stunned at the end to realize just how engaging and involving it is. ...

Movie Review: Source Code

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I can already see it at some virtual movie-revival house of the future: a "what-if?" double feature that teams Limitless and Source Code and points ou...

HuffPost Review: Hop

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hop's two-dimensional presentation during a year when 3D is completely overdone certainly earns the movie extra points in my book. Unfortunately, that is about the best I can say about it.

HuffPost Review: Wrecked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've got to hand it to Adrien Brody, perhaps the gamest actor working in films today. An Oscar-winner, he's willing to go wherever he thinks the in...

HuffPost Review: Super

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If the description of Super sounds a lot like last year's Kick-Ass, well, it's essentially the same movie, with a slightly different sensibility. Kic...

HuffPost Review: Rubber

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's no reason to go on at much length about Rubber, a new film by Quentin Dupieux. This is the kind of oddball entry that's popular at film festi...

The Lincoln Lawyer: A Third Take

Omer Rosen | Posted 05.28.2011 | Books
Omer Rosen

Perhaps, over the past couple of weeks, you watched the movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer. And perhaps, as a result, you are thinking of reading the...

Mars Needs Moms and the Uncanny Valley

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Naturally, such a spectacular flop has caused furious head scratching as studio executives try to figure out what happened so future films can avoid a similar fate.

HuffPost Review: Trust

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David Schwimmer's Trust is a thought-provoking film that manages to incorporate horrifying information without feeling like an after-school special.

HuffPost Review: Peep World

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As Peter Himmelstein's script jumps from a family birthday dinner back to the day before, we get a thumbnail of each Meyerwitz child's disappointing life.

Movie Review: Sucker Punch

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you're looking for Sucker Punch to make sense - or do anything else that seems conventional or that you've seen before - see another film. Zack Sn...

HuffPost Review: Potiche

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a boulevard comedy that was a stage hit in Paris in the 1970s, Francois Ozon's Potiche is a curiosity that is neither funny nor striking enough to live up to its ambitions.

HuffPost Review: White Irish Drinkers

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A film of both nostalgia and emotional volatility, White Irish Drinkers also has a title that probably works against drawing in the audience that woul...

HuffPost Review: Winter in Wartime

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Winter in Wartime wants to be an adventure story and a chronicle of one boy's bravery, in addition to the youth-into-adult tale. In the end, that's a few too many things for the movie to handle.

ReThink Review: Limitless -- Underachiever? There's a Pill for That

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Limitless is a clever, exciting, surprisingly funny film where I honestly didn't know what would happen next.

HuffPost Review: Limitless

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Neil Burger's Limitless offers an intriguing hypothetical: What if you could take a pill that allows you to utilize your entire brain?

HuffPost Review: Paul

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.24.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Paul comes from the team that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but director Edgar Wright has been replaced by Greg Mottola. And that substitution makes all the difference.

HuffPost Review: The Music Never Stopped

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Grateful Dead song title and the involvement of writer Oliver Sacks aside, the first 45 minutes or so of The Music Never Stopped seem to offer a w...

HuffPost Review: Cracks

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cracks shows just how far you can get when you want to make movies and your father happens to be Ridley Scott. This is a movie so silly it will be forgotten before the final credits roll.

HuffPost Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's been awhile since Matthew McConaughey was at the center of a solid, watchable drama. But he's got a winner with The Lincoln Lawyer.

Movie Review: Win Win

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An editor once defined the word "dilemma" for me as "a choice between two undesirable outcomes." Life is full of dilemmas. So are movies: Without dil...