‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’: Three’s the charm

HollywoodandFine.com And so it comes to an end – again. Some might argue that, having taken the dense “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and condensed it into three monumental films, Peter Jackson should have had no trouble turning “The Hobbit” into an equally enjoyable and involving one-off. Guess again. The …

‘The Imitation Game’: Decoding a complex man

HollywoodandFine.com To my mind, “The Imitation Game” is the best film of the year: a gripping tale of wartime espionage and code-breaking that also manages to be the character study of an important figure whose contributions have been ignominiously ignored. Morten Tyldum’s film tells the story of Alan Turing, played …

‘August: Osage County,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine

HollywoodandFine.com “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” Tolstoy observed and he could have been talking about the Weston clan of “August: Osage County,” when he wrote that line to start “Anna Karenina.” This particular family get-together is like one of those “Royal Rumble” professional wrestling matches, where …

‘The Fifth Estate,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine

HollywoodandFine.com Pity the poor filmmaker who has to follow Alex Gibney in tackling any subject. Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentarian, has made a string of tough, incisive nonfiction films examining such topics as Enron, the Iraq war and beyond. His 2010 documentary about crooked Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, “Casino Jack and …

’12 Years a Slave,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine

HollywoodandFine.com Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” is the year’s most powerful film, an arthouse masterpiece which demands to be seen – and which will punch mainstream audiences in the gut. McQueen may be the most distinctive filmmaker to emerge since Quentin Tarantino. But while this film deals with similar …

‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine

HollywoodandFine.com The conventional wisdom about the “Star Trek” movies starring the cast of the original TV show was that the even-numbered films were the good ones and the odd-numbered ones kind of sucked. That began to change when the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movies kicked in; most of them …

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