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HuffPost Review: Midnight in Paris

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a strain of magical realism that runs through the filmography of Woody Allen that pops up -- and delightfully so -- in his newest film, Midnight in Paris.

Movie Review: Hesher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Spencer Susser's dark comedy hangs in there for about half of its running time, it eventually runs out of ideas and goes soft, when it's been hard-edged from the jump.

HuffPost Review: The First Grader

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The First Grader will move you, even as it reminds you of the worlds that reading can unlock. It's nice to see a movie that makes education seem like an important thing, given the anti-intellectualism that seems so rampant in the country today.

HuffPost Review: How to Live Forever

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The conundrum this documentary comes up against is, for every still-active 90-year-old Okinawan living on fish and seaweed, there's a 120-year-old French woman smoking Gauloises, drinking wine and eating chocolate.

Zaki's Review: Thor

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

If Thor isn't a homerun, it's an extremely solid base hit, effectively extending the goal posts of what to expect in this universe without ever shattering our suspension of disbelief.

5 Must-See Indie Films

Leonard Maltin | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

In theaters this month is a pair of amusing documentaries, an Oscar nominee, and the latest drama from a world-class filmmaker. Any time there are five pictures this good playing on theater screens, I take heart.

Movie Review: Thor

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thor is a comic-book movie made by a Shakespearean -- Kenneth Branagh -- in 3D. And, intriguingly, he mostly makes it work.

HuffPost Review: The People vs. George Lucas

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Essentially, director Alexandre Philippe has rounded up a herd of fan boys to talk about how much the first three Star Wars movies meant to them and how deeply creator George Lucas has subsequently betrayed them.

HuffPost Review: Water For Elephants

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.09.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Watching a movie like Water for Elephants, knowing that it's not only based on a novel but on a best-selling novel that was all the rage for book clubs, makes me wonder about the book -- specifically, how bad is it?

HuffPost Review: Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I get the joke about Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. I wish it was a little funnier -- or more pointed. It's provocative; it could be more so.

HuffPost Review: Incendies

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I understand why Susanne Bier's In a Better World won the foreign-language Oscar -- but I believe this was the better film.

HuffPost Review: Dumbstruck

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What's that you say? A documentary about ventriloquists? Could anyone resist? Resist at your own risk, however, with Mark Goffman's Dumbstruck, openi...

ReThink Review: Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 -- Who Is John Galt? And Who Cares?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Atlas Shrugged is like what would happen if The Da Vinci Code and the Twilight books had a baby, and then Republicans decided that baby should be the basis for running history's most powerful country.

HuffPost Review: Ceremony

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Henry Winkler's film Ceremony is as good an example of faux Wes Anderson as you'll find. Not that it's a good film; or an original one.

HuffPost Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There have been any number of comics who have aspired to the mantle held by comic Lenny Bruce and his obvious heir, Richard Pryor. Their successors ra...

HuffPost Review: Meet Monica Velour

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cross Napoleon Dynamite with The Red Shoe Diaries and you might get something like Meet Monica Velour, a comedy that's neither as edgy nor as funny as it seems to think it is.

HuffPost Review: Soul Surfer

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Director Sean McNamara's roots in TV -- shows such as That's So Raven -- are apparent. Even with Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and young AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, Soul Surfer feels like a TV movie.

ReThink Review: Your Highness -- Ye Olde Stoner Flick

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Your Highness is certainly an original film for its genre, but is it any good, with or without the use of dangerous Schedule I controlled substances?

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.