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HuffPost Reviews: Justin Bieber -- Never Say Never

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some teen phenoms quickly come and go while others stick around and turn into artists of more substance than anyone could have anticipated. Which fate awaits Justin Bieber?

HuffPost Review: Carancho

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carancho has a headlong feel. It's gripping and involving while focusing squarely on one man's ability to ignore his own better instincts -- and what happens when he no longer can.

Movie Review: Cedar Rapids

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Despite some of the raunchiest dialogue in recent memory, there is an undeniable sweetness to Miguel Arteta's Cedar Rapids (opening Friday 2/11/11) th...

HuffPost Reviews: Dressed; Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Dressed has the feel of a puffed-up reality TV outing, and Vidal Sassoon feels like an infomercial, selling the 80-plus-year-old stylist.

HuffPost Review: Cold Weather

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Just as I began to lose patience with Aaron Katz's Cold Weather -- what? Another movie about twenty-somethings figuring out their lives? -- it took a left turn and grabbed my attention.

HuffPost Review: The Other Woman

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After I saw The Other Woman at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009 (when it was being called Love and Other Impossible Pursuits), I wrote that...

Movie Review: Sanctum

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sanctum is the case of a movie that tries to do too much, without realizing what its real strengths are. Directed by Alister Grierson from a script b...

HuffPost Review: Frankie & Alice

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's no mystery why Halle Berry would produce a film like Frankie & Alice for herself to star in. The film offers the kind of tour de force role that...

HuffPost Review: The Rite

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Too often, movie-makers can't tell the difference between right and wrong. Like The Rite -- which is way wrong.

HuffPost Review: When We Leave

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Aladag's gripping film is not a sermon or lecture on honor killing. The term itself is never uttered. And yet the message is clear: In this society, women have the same rights as animals and are treated worse.

HuffPost Review: Kaboom

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kaboom is an enjoyably snide look at that generation that is coming to be known as Millennials, for which hooking up is as casual as eating lunch. They may have social consciences, but they don't let it get in the way of a good party.

HuffPost Review: The Housemaid

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid, opening in limited release, starts out looking like one thing, then shifts gears midway through to become something else ...

Movie review: No Strings Attached

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ivan Reitman's No Strings Attached at least partially reclaims Reitman's reputation as a director, which, for a while, had made "An Ivan Reitman Film...

HuffPost Review: The Way Back

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With The Way Back, Peter Weir jumps the tracks, making a movie with amazing scope but little drama. The level of tension in the film is like a toothache -- constant, gnawing but not particularly enjoyable.

Revisiting Manhattan

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Jones

I just saw Manhattan again for the first time in twenty years. It was magnificent. Not as much for the story, but for how the movie literally vibrates with the vitality of the city.

HuffPost Review: Applause

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I may have seen her before, but it wasn't until I saw Applause that the name of actress Paprika Steen stuck in my head. Now I can't get her off my mind.

HuffPost Review: Every Day

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Every Day swims in mock profundity and has the feel of a movie made specifically for a forgiving festival audience. Its good intentions are largely wasted.

Movie Review: The Green Hornet - Don't Get Stung

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Green Hornet is a mixed bag -- not an abject failure, but still, not a film that recognizes its own strengths. It gets away with a lot -- and is often more entertaining and enjoyable than it has any right to be.

HuffPost Review: The Dilemma

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Vince Vaughn's motor-mouth riffing stopped being funny several films ago. So what we get now are movies as slack and slow-moving as The Dilemma.

ReThink Review: Blue Valentine -- NC-17? Really?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Blue Valentine has been receiving a smattering of Oscar buzz for its two stars, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, for their gritty, un-Hollywood por...

HuffPost Review: A Somewhat Gentle Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is a Scandinavian treat: a movie that reveals itself slowly, then goes places you didn't think it dared. Skarsgard proves once again that he's a leading man of depth and nuance.

Burlesque and Black Swan: The Showgirls of Burlesque vs. the Showgirls of Ballet?

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Kirkpatrick

Sure, the latter is about ballet and the former has Cher and Christina, but the two films are twin journeys into the voyeuristic world of ripped female bodies and supercharged girl-on-girl tension.

HuffPost Review: Season of the Witch

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The sole suspense lies in figuring out which of the supporting players will survive the trip. That's because there's barely anything else of interest amidst the standard-issue action setpieces.

HuffPost Review: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Bowser's documentary shows Ochs to be driven by his political beliefs, shattered by the deaths of John F. Kennedy and disillusioned by the ineffectiveness of protest against the Vietnam War.

Movie Review: Country Strong

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to remember a film that rises to the level of emotional and dramatic incoherence of Shana Feste's Country Strong. You watch a movie like th...