Hollywood & Fine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

City Island (2010)

"Deceptively funny, a blithe mix of smarts and feeling that never panders to the audience."

Posted Mar 16, 2010

Marshall Fine

2 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"You have to hang with it, squeezing pleasure and the occasional chuckle out of its bitter beauty where you can. It's not for everyone but it rewards those who are open to it."

Posted Mar 15, 2010

Marshall Fine

3 27%

Remember Me (2010)

"Limp and witless. A romantic drama with all the body of chicken noodle soup."

Posted Mar 11, 2010

Marshall Fine

4 13%

Our Family Wedding (2010)

"Laughs? Sorry, they didn't RSVP for this affair. Neither should you."

Posted Mar 11, 2010

Marshall Fine

5 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"A compelling action movie built on a false premise: that honest soldiers telling the truth helped the press raise public awareness and turn the tide of opinion against the war."

Posted Mar 9, 2010

Marshall Fine

6 95%

Mother (Madeo) (2010)

"A sleeper, a film of deceptive power that sneaks up on you...builds to a climax that is both shattering and filled with deliciously acrid irony."

Posted Mar 8, 2010

Marshall Fine

7 0%

Stolen (2010)

"None of the actors make much of an impression in Stolen. But then, neither does the film itself."

Posted Mar 3, 2010

Marshall Fine

8 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"Lord of the Rings and every woman-warrior myth you've ever heard of, with a Lewis Carroll overlay...His worst since Planet of the Apes or Batman Returns."

Posted Mar 2, 2010

Marshall Fine

9 43%

Brooklyn's Finest (2010)

"Tough and sorrowful...A dirty little beauty, a cop tale in which nobody wins and the best one can hope for is a draw. Except for the audience, that is."

Posted Mar 1, 2010

Marshall Fine

10 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"A feast of ideas, sensations and images that pull you into a world you never could (and never would want to) visit or inhabit..expansive, encompassing and yet deeply personal."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Marshall Fine

11 64%

Toe to Toe (2010)

"Toe to Toe features two exceptionally layered performances at its center, as well as ideas that don't sort themselves out in neat and easily summarized fashion."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Marshall Fine

12 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"Built for one purpose only: to scare the crap out of you. Which it does, regularly and effectively. Don't go expecting anything deeper -- or anything less."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Marshall Fine

13 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"This alleged action-comedy is flatter than a tortilla in a panini press...C'mon, Kevin Smith, quit smoking weed and write a new movie of your own."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Marshall Fine

14 28%

Happy Tears (2010)

"It works more often than it doesn't, but it never quite goes where you expect. And that's rare enough to be noteworthy."

Posted Feb 18, 2010

Marshall Fine

15 33%

The Good Guy (2009)

"The Good Guy builds its power as it goes, taking you places you don't expect. It's the rare movie that can surprise you in that way %u2013 but this one does."

Posted Feb 17, 2010

Marshall Fine

16 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"When it all becomes clear, all the jagged edges go away and the film comes into focus as the well-honed thriller it has been all along."

Posted Feb 16, 2010

Marshall Fine

17 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Like a lunatic's trip to Wonderland, it builds suspense with only brief respites, reaching a climax that is truly shattering. Hang on tight."

Posted Feb 15, 2010

Marshall Fine

18 49%

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

"It's not awful. It's just not particularly inspired. Something tells me this movie won't be inspiring a sequel anytime soon."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Marshall Fine

19 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"The finale is like watching Mexican pro wrestling, except instead of wearing colorful masks, they're covered with doesn't suck, but it doesn't have much bite, either."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Marshall Fine

20 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"Light your money on fire and watch it burn. It will have an equivalent entertainment value and you'll save on gas, parking and snacks."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

Marshall Fine

21 97%

Ajami (2010)

"Ajami isn't a downbeat film, though it is a relentless one. It is alive with energy, if only the energy devoted to survival."

Posted Feb 9, 2010

Marshall Fine

22 86%

Red Riding Trilogy ()

"Absolutely worth the time required to see the whole story. Don't let the demand of cumulative running time scare you away from what is a deeply satisfying movie experience."

Posted Feb 8, 2010

Marshall Fine

23 62%

Frozen (2010)

"Green ably creates the tension of expected and inevitable consequences...forcing the audience to imagine how difficult it would be to survive."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Marshall Fine

24 28%

Dear John (2010)

"It stalls out after an hour, then stumbles along for another 50 minutes of the usual Sparksian palate of life lessons and regrets and sadness."

Posted Feb 4, 2010

Marshall Fine

25 74%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"Your time is better spent tracking down a DVD of the original, which was a highlight of a rapidly deteriorating genre."

Posted Feb 3, 2010

Marshall Fine

26 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"The action barely pauses %u2013 and when it does, the talk is hardly memorable. But talk is cheap; fireballs coming out of exploding SUVs are not."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Marshall Fine

27 89%

Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010)

"Finds the sweet spot in that realm of disturbing, unpredictable drama tinged with the blackest possible comedy...a deliciously dark and offbeat surprise."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Marshall Fine

28 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Edge of Darkness isn't a great film but it's crisply efficient one that's almost always engrossing...Gibson has fire in his eye and gravel in his Bahston accent."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Marshall Fine

29 23%

Saint John of Las Vegas (2010)

"But the writing consistently misfires...It's as if Rhodes has a blueprint for a certain kind of comedy but not the tools or materials to construct it."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

Marshall Fine

30 84%

North Face (Nordwand) (2010)

"Exactly what the magic of movies is about, giving you a risk-free front-row seat that still manages to make you feel like you're caught up in the action."

Posted Jan 27, 2010

Marshall Fine

31 79%

The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) (2010)

"Feels like two different films cobbled together, without much to connect one to the other...the disconnect between the two is huge."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Marshall Fine

32 45%

Creation (2010)

"A masterpiece of missed opportunities...a Lifetime movie about a depressed dad instead of a bereft mom. Would you pay to see that?"

Posted Jan 18, 2010

Marshall Fine

33 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"There's room for both drama and fun in director Michael Hoffman's staid script, but he doesn't find much of either. And the key problem seems to be: not enough Tolstoy."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Marshall Fine

34 12%

The Spy Next Door (2010)

"A kid's film that's distressingly short on both wit and action. Obviously, Jackie Chan isn't immune to making one for the paycheck and phoning in his performance."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Marshall Fine

35 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"Denzel Washington is an actor who makes his own gravitas. Even the great Denzel must surrender to his his inability to make spiritualist silliness seem serious."

Posted Jan 13, 2010

Marshall Fine

36 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"It works because of the immediacy of Andrea Arnold's filmmaking and the jittery vitality of the central performance by a young actress named Katie Jarvis."

Posted Jan 11, 2010

Marshall Fine

37 38%

Wonderful World (2010)

"The script feels slim, as though Goldin, lacking inspiration for actual witty lines, hoped that Broderick might bring some comedic spin to the wan dialogue."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

Marshall Fine

38 21%

Leap Year (2010)

"The kind of movie of which I wish I could say, "You couldn't pay me to watch that crap." Obviously, however, you can - but not nearly enough."

Posted Jan 6, 2010

Marshall Fine

39 66%

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"Has a strong Dickensian flavor, blending slapstick with social satire...You'll laugh at Cera's off-rhythm delivery and casual sharpness wrapped in the softest possible tones."

Posted Jan 5, 2010

Marshall Fine

40 67%

Daybreakers (2010)

"It's a business-horror story of greed and market share...You don't have to look far (corporate global-warming deniers, anyone?) to find a corollary in contemporary reality."

Posted Jan 4, 2010

Marshall Fine

41 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"A pointless, bloodless cinematic construct obsessed with man's capacity for cruelty...the equivalent of watching someone pull the wings off flies."

Posted Dec 28, 2009

Marshall Fine

42 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"Yet another case of a film with not enough story for the amount of movie there is...more interesting for what it wasn't allowed to be than for what it is."

Posted Dec 23, 2009

Marshall Fine

43 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Belongs on a shelf next to the Will Smith Wild Wild West: a remake that seems more excreted than created... too long, too generic and not nearly as clever as it seems to think."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

Marshall Fine

44 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"Meyers' script is as bloated as her work on her past films ... But she has a cast of consummate professionals to dress this up and make it seem like more than it is."

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Marshall Fine

45 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"The damp of England lends this whole film a certain sogginess. Indeed, in the whole of The Young Victoria, there's barely a crackle or crunch to be had."

Posted Dec 18, 2009

Marshall Fine

46 37%

Nine (2009)

"Nine offers mostly lackluster music ... Yet, without the music, Nine would be that absolutely unnecessary object: a remake of 8 1/2."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Marshall Fine

47 82%

Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) (2009)

"There are more sophisticated animated films out there, but none with the sheer joie de vivre that this Belgian stop-motion-animation entry packs into 75 rollicking minutes."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Marshall Fine

48 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"A compact, economical treat: full of flavor and feeling, wrapped in an unprepossessing package that contains far more than you'd ever imagine."

Posted Dec 15, 2009

Marshall Fine

49 83%

Avatar (2009)

"There are visionary filmmakers - and then there's James Cameron, who pushes the envelope of what is possible on the screen every time he makes a film. He doesn't do it nearly often enough."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Marshall Fine

50 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"A hard subject beautifully handled, with an artistry that makes The Lovely Bones a memorably intelligent and emotional experience."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

Marshall Fine

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