Marshall Fine movie review Archive

  • HollywoodandFine.com The wish of a terminally ill child as the subject for a documentary? I know, cue the cliches: strength in the face of tragedy, laughter through tears, the whole...

    ‘Batkid Begins’: Summer bright spot

    HollywoodandFine.com The wish of a terminally ill child as the subject for a documentary? I know, cue the cliches: strength in the face of tragedy, laughter through tears, the whole...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events  of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running...

    ‘The Overnight’: No sleeping

    HollywoodandFine.com It is the rare movie comedy that can encompass the wild events  of a single night and keep you both squirming and surprised into laughter for its full running...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I’ve heard Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope” referred to as “Nerdz ’N the Hood,” which is apt – although a better comparison would be “Risky Business.” Set in the Inglewood section...

    ‘Dope’: Geeks rule

    HollywoodandFine.com I’ve heard Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope” referred to as “Nerdz ’N the Hood,” which is apt – although a better comparison would be “Risky Business.” Set in the Inglewood section...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I remember my elation when I saw the first episodes of HBO’s “Entourage” in 2004. Here, at last, was a situation-comedy about backstage life in Hollywood that seemed to...

    ‘Entourage’: Cashing the check

    HollywoodandFine.com I remember my elation when I saw the first episodes of HBO’s “Entourage” in 2004. Here, at last, was a situation-comedy about backstage life in Hollywood that seemed to...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Here are some of the names that came to mind as I watched “Mad Max: Fury Road”: Federico Fellini. David Lynch. Pieter Bruegel. Ralph Steadman. Stanley Kubrick. There are images...

    ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: Taking the long way

    HollywoodandFine.com Here are some of the names that came to mind as I watched “Mad Max: Fury Road”: Federico Fellini. David Lynch. Pieter Bruegel. Ralph Steadman. Stanley Kubrick. There are images...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Be warned. John Maclean’s directorial debut, “Slow West,” practices truth in advertising. But “slow” seems harsh as an adjective for this compelling film. “Patient” would be a more apt...

    ‘Slow West’: Moseying to a showdown

    HollywoodandFine.com Be warned. John Maclean’s directorial debut, “Slow West,” practices truth in advertising. But “slow” seems harsh as an adjective for this compelling film. “Patient” would be a more apt...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com As squirm comedies go, “The D Train” is a breed apart, a film that puts new spin on the bromance. The bros in question are Dan Landsman (Jack Black)...

    ‘The D Train’: Hop aboard for dark laughs

    HollywoodandFine.com As squirm comedies go, “The D Train” is a breed apart, a film that puts new spin on the bromance. The bros in question are Dan Landsman (Jack Black)...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com These feel like cinematic end times – not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, “hey, it’s good enough”...

    ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – The end is nigh

    HollywoodandFine.com These feel like cinematic end times – not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, “hey, it’s good enough”...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com “Ex Machina” is both tastily minimal and frustratingly simplistic. Alex Garland’s directing debut (he wrote “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) is, in essence, a three-hander about three people in...

    ‘Ex Machina’: Mechanical

    HollywoodandFine.com “Ex Machina” is both tastily minimal and frustratingly simplistic. Alex Garland’s directing debut (he wrote “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) is, in essence, a three-hander about three people in...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Certainly the pedigree of “Child 44″ makes it seem promising. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) from a script by Richard Price, it features a sturdy, heavily British international...

    ‘Child 44′: Leave this ‘Child’ behind

    HollywoodandFine.com Certainly the pedigree of “Child 44″ makes it seem promising. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) from a script by Richard Price, it features a sturdy, heavily British international...

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