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Movie Review: Touchy Feely

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lynn Shelton obviously isn't a filmmaker whose work suits everyone's taste. With her lightly scripted, improvisational approach to movies, there's a certain shaggy quality to her work -- or at least to the films of hers I've seen (and liked): Humpday and Your Sister's Sister.

Movie Review: Salinger

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After all the hype about its supposedly mind-blowing revelations about the late J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno's Salinger turns out to be a hype -- an overblown, overlong documentary with little that is either truly revelatory or earth-shaking.

Movie Review: A Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hannah Fidell's A Teacher is exactly the kind of movie I love to discover at film festivals: small, low-budget, without famous faces -- but with a strong dramatic vision and the intelligence to carry it out with minimal resources.

Movie Review: Getaway

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Getaway is like the ultimate reductionist car-centric action film. It feels less like a movie made from an actual script and more like director Courtney Solomon composed a list of things he wanted to put in, then assembled those items into something that vaguely resembled a movie.

Movie Review: Afternoon Delight - All Hail Kathryn Hahn!

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'll admit it. I have a critic's crush on Kathryn Hahn. Jill Soloway's witty, surprising Afternoon Delight only confirms it.

Movie Review: Our Nixon

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A fascinating patchwork of news footage and home movies, Our Nixon is at once intriguing and compelling, an inside peek at people who seemed to make secrecy a watchword.

Movie Review: Passion

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Passion isn't Brian De Palma's first remake, but it may be his worst: an over-inflated, melodramatically hot-blooded version of what was a cool French thriller.

Just Seen It: Jobs Movie Review

Zorianna Kit | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

This week on PBS' movie review show Just Seen It, I make an appearance as a guest reviewer to discuss the new Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs.

Movie Review: Closed Circuit

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Crowley's Closed Circuit, arriving in the wake of the Bradley Manning decision and the ongoing Edward Snowden affair, is more than timely: It's the most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real.

ReThink Review: Short Term 12 - You Must See This Movie. Seriously.

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Short Term 12, a film starring Brie Larson as the supervisor of a foster home for at-risk teenagers, won the grand jury award at this year's South by Southwest film festival -- and if you see Short Term 12, you'll know exactly why.

ReThink Review: When Comedy Went to School - Comedy History in the Catskills

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Comedy icons like Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and even Woody Allen were able to work and hone material during weeklong stands in front of packed, tough crowds, creating the style and rhythm of what we now consider modern stand up comedy.

Stuck in The Canyons

Nikola Stepić | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Nikola Stepić

There is ample reason to be interested in The Canyons, the latest Lindsay Lohan film that seems to be on everyone's lips and laptop screens. It's undoubtedly provoking, though often times not for a good reason.

ReThink Review: Spark: A Burning Man Story - Dreamers In the Desert

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Spark: A Burning Man Story attempts to give a comprehensive account of Burning Man by examining its history, the people who created it and are running it today, and those who sacrifice their time, effort, money, and more to create the art pieces and theme camps that make Burning Man what it is.

Movie Review: Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So many films today seem to carry the same references to earlier work, indicating the influences that shaped the filmmaker in his work. But references are one thing; using those references for fresh inspiration is something else.

Movie Review: JOBS

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's nothing that terrible about Joshua Michael Stern's JOBS, a skimpy, often overly specific film biography about the late Apple inventor, Steve Jobs. Still, it would be interesting to see this film with another actor playing Jobs.

Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kick-Ass 2 is every bit as stupid as this photograph makes it look. I remember hating 2010's Kick-Ass as being sadistic, unexciting and not funny e...

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Movie Review: You Will Be My Son

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You Will Be My Son is a fascinating study of behavior: The domineering but always courtly Paul de Marseul, as played by Arestrup, casually but purposely disrupts the lives of everyone around him to achieve his own ends.

Movie Review: Lovelace

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that porn has become such a punchline in our culture -- something that is joked about in mainstream humor as a signifier for all that is horny, male and, often, lower-class -- is hard to believe, from the perspective of the social history captured in Lovelace.

ReThink Review: Elysium -- The 1 Percent in Orbit

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.

Movie Review: Elysium

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Anyone who thought District 9 might be some sort of newcomer fluke needs only watch the first few minutes of Elysium to see that Neill Blomkamp is the real thing: a visionary filmmaker with a headful of dystopia and the story-telling ability to give it some punch.

Movie Review: We're the Millers

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comedy is subjective, so there are bound to be haters for We're the Millers. But, speaking as someone who enjoys vulgar humor that is both mean and smart, I can tell you that I laughed a lot during this brisk, consistently funny movie.

Movie Review: In a World

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In A World announces the arrival of a new triple-threat talent: Lake Bell, already established as an actress. She wrote and directed (and produced) this new film, which was a delight at Sundance and arrives in the dog days of summer like a cool breeze.

ReThink Review: The To Do List -- Not Your Average Teen Sex Comedy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

"Consistently hilarious" is a great way to describe The To Do List, which provides more delight with its shoestring $1.5 million budget than many studio tentpoles did with soaring nine-digit price tags.

Movie Review: 2 Guns

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's been a lot of action at the movies this summer, very little of it memorable. So Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns comes as a welcome surprise: a film with the wit, tension and sheer headlong pace to grab and hold your attention for a brisk 106 minutes.