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Paul comes from the team that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but director Edgar Wright has been replaced by Greg Mottola.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

HuffPost Review: Battle Los Angeles

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Maybe the proliferation of computer-generated imagery in contemporary film has so inured us to visual magic that we don't even appreciate what a miracle Jonathan Liebesman's Battle Los Angeles is.

HuffPost Review: Elektra Luxx

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sebastian Gutierrez seems to have the soul of a TV producer, if his latest film Elektra Luxx - and his previous film, Women in Trouble - are any indic...

HuffPost Review: Making 'The Boys'

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Crayton Robey's documentary Making 'The Boys' chronicles changes in both gay culture and its acceptance by mainstream America, reminding us that 40 years ago, gays and lesbians had fewer civil rights than black people or women.

HuffPost Review: Monogamy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some movies that strive for artfulness are mysterious and enigmatic. Some, however, are just plain dull -- like Monogamy.

Battle: L.A. - Hold Your Water!

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Seth Shostak

The crowd has come to see California's biggest urban clot take it on the chin, and they've got scant patience for such time-wasters as romance, character development, or putting the camera on a tripod.

HuffPost Review: Certified Copy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The films of Abbas Kiarostami are critical favorites for God knows what reason. Slow and relatively plotless, they clog the screens at festivals aroun...

HuffPost Review: 3 Backyards

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some movies - most movies, in fact - grab you by the lapels and get right in your face. They tell you - in a million different ways - what to think an...

Review: Rango

Richard Karpala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Richard Karpala

The film pays loving tribute to classic western movies. It's a great reminder of the genre's glory days and also a great primer for kids to discover what makes it so fun.

HuffPost Review: Take Me Home Tonight

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How long is it going to take for filmmakers to understand that movies about teenagers set in past decades are not intrinsically funny just because of the cheesy fashions and music of the era?

ReThink Review: The Adjustment Bureau -- Love, Fate and Magic Hats

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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HuffPost Review: I Saw the Devil

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I can't think of the last American film I saw that actually made me squirm in my seat with tension and suspense, the way I did with Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil.

HuffPost Review: Rango

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Visually, Gore Verbinski's Rango is so stunning and clever that you can almost forgive it for the fact that, really, it's just not very funny. Almost.

Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fate or free will? Unfortunately, the deck is stacked in George Nolfi's The Adjustment Bureau, an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story. Oh, the humanity.

HuffPost Review: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you read other reviews of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives that extol its virtues by using words like lyrical, pastoral, dreamy and fantastic, well, believe them at your own risk.

Why Toy Story 3 Still Deserves to Win Best Picture on Sunday

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

While its chances are between slim and none, it damn well deserves to win. Not because it would be the first animated film to win Best Picture, but because it is the best film of 2010... period.