Marshall Fine Archive

  • 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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  • HollywoodandFine.com The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, “Alex of Venice” is as notable for what it doesn’t do as for what it does. This is the story of a...

    ‘Alex of Venice’: Mopey

    HollywoodandFine.com The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, “Alex of Venice” is as notable for what it doesn’t do as for what it does. This is the story of a...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com “True Story” is not a bad movie; indeed, it’s a creepy little tale that has moments that will unnerve you. But the limitations of its script and of Jonah...

    ‘True Story’: Faking it

    HollywoodandFine.com “True Story” is not a bad movie; indeed, it’s a creepy little tale that has moments that will unnerve you. But the limitations of its script and of Jonah...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Does it matter that “Woman in Gold,” Simon Curtis’ moving drama about a woman seeking the return of art the Nazis stole from her family 50 years earlier, seems...

    ‘Woman in Gold’: The art of justice

    HollywoodandFine.com Does it matter that “Woman in Gold,” Simon Curtis’ moving drama about a woman seeking the return of art the Nazis stole from her family 50 years earlier, seems...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Sean Penn is a global activist who puts his money – and, more important, his physical self – where others barely pay lip service. His advocacy on behalf of...

    ‘The Gunman’: Cashing the check, paying the price

    HollywoodandFine.com Sean Penn is a global activist who puts his money – and, more important, his physical self – where others barely pay lip service. His advocacy on behalf of...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com James “The Amazing” Randi is not just a magician – he’s a skeptic, a rather more important calling. As the subject of the documentary “An Honest Liar,” by Justin...

    ‘An Honest Liar’: Art of deception

    HollywoodandFine.com James “The Amazing” Randi is not just a magician – he’s a skeptic, a rather more important calling. As the subject of the documentary “An Honest Liar,” by Justin...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Writer Bruce Wagner’s script for David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even...

    ‘Maps to the Stars’: Cul-de-sac

    HollywoodandFine.com Writer Bruce Wagner’s script for David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Focus” brings to mind Tony Gilroy’s similarly complex but more fun “Duplicity,” from a couple of years ago: a tale of love among the...

    ‘Focus’: Hard to miss the misdirection

    HollywoodandFine.com Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Focus” brings to mind Tony Gilroy’s similarly complex but more fun “Duplicity,” from a couple of years ago: a tale of love among the...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Sports movies starring Kevin Costner: It could be a category on “Jeopardy.” But that’s not really a bad thing. While the Costner oeuvre has its share of titles devoted to...

    ‘McFarland USA’: On the right track

    HollywoodandFine.com Sports movies starring Kevin Costner: It could be a category on “Jeopardy.” But that’s not really a bad thing. While the Costner oeuvre has its share of titles devoted to...

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