Marshall Fine movie review Archive

  • HollywoodandFine.com Submarine movies rarely end well for the characters, almost never for the submarine itself. It’s a claustrophobic genre and, no matter what the actual plot, the story is always...

    ‘Black Sea’: In deep water

    HollywoodandFine.com Submarine movies rarely end well for the characters, almost never for the submarine itself. It’s a claustrophobic genre and, no matter what the actual plot, the story is always...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Here’s my first problem with Michael Mann’s “Blackhat”: Chris Hemsworth doesn’t have the talent to make me believe he’s smart enough to be an MIT-educated, world-class computer hacker. As...

    ‘Blackhat’: System failure

    HollywoodandFine.com Here’s my first problem with Michael Mann’s “Blackhat”: Chris Hemsworth doesn’t have the talent to make me believe he’s smart enough to be an MIT-educated, world-class computer hacker. As...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Stephen Belber’s “Match” is a slight but affecting film built around a stirring central performance by Patrick Stewart. He plays Tobias, a one-time principal male dancer who traveled the...

    ‘Match’: Who’s your daddy?

    HollywoodandFine.com Stephen Belber’s “Match” is a slight but affecting film built around a stirring central performance by Patrick Stewart. He plays Tobias, a one-time principal male dancer who traveled the...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I’ve never felt a particular affinity to the films of the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc: like some, can leave the rest. But their newest, “Two Days, One Night,”...

    ‘Two Days, One Night’: Your money or my life

    HollywoodandFine.com I’ve never felt a particular affinity to the films of the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc: like some, can leave the rest. But their newest, “Two Days, One Night,”...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I happened to see Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” before I read the Laura Hillenbrand book about the life of the amazing Louis Zamperini. My guest for an early screening was...

    ‘Unbroken’: Barely scratching the surface

    HollywoodandFine.com I happened to see Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” before I read the Laura Hillenbrand book about the life of the amazing Louis Zamperini. My guest for an early screening was...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com The two most disappointing films of the season should have been two of the most gripping: “Unbroken” (also opening on Christmas) and Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” Eastwood’s second misfire...

    ‘American Sniper’: Shooting blanks

    HollywoodandFine.com The two most disappointing films of the season should have been two of the most gripping: “Unbroken” (also opening on Christmas) and Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” Eastwood’s second misfire...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Had he been born in a different time and place, painter J.M.W. Turner might have been a member of the Hudson River School, a group of artists who worked...

    ‘Mr. Turner’: Go toward the light

    HollywoodandFine.com Had he been born in a different time and place, painter J.M.W. Turner might have been a member of the Hudson River School, a group of artists who worked...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com I was engaged for the first hour of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” – and frustrated into raging impatience by the final 90 minutes. So – 40 percent? Not...

    ‘Inherent Vice’: Tripping – and stumbling

    HollywoodandFine.com I was engaged for the first hour of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” – and frustrated into raging impatience by the final 90 minutes. So – 40 percent? Not...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” offers an exceptional visual version of what could have been largely an interior journey. Indeed, Strayed herself refers to...

    ‘Wild’: Take a hike. Seriously.

    HollywoodandFine.com Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” offers an exceptional visual version of what could have been largely an interior journey. Indeed, Strayed herself refers to...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Marriage changes everything, whether you’re the one getting married or the best friend watching your pal coupling up with someone else. What happens to a certain kind of codependent...

    ‘Life Partners’: So?

    HollywoodandFine.com Marriage changes everything, whether you’re the one getting married or the best friend watching your pal coupling up with someone else. What happens to a certain kind of codependent...

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