Hollywood & Fine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"At a little under two and a half hours, "Mandela" feels long at times - and yet, at the same time, not long enough..Elba is a commanding actor of great subtlety and grace."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Marshall Fine

2 89%

Frozen (2013)

"It's never very funny, nor is the music particularly memorable. Two big strikes right there. "

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Marshall Fine

3 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"A solid replica of the original, a new film with pleasures of its own that draw upon the appeal of the first film...not a great film but a decidedly enjoyable one. "

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Marshall Fine

4 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Downplaying the violence itself strips the story of some of its power. You get little sense of the toll that surviving a competition such as this takes on the victor. "

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Marshall Fine

5 92%

Philomena (2013)

"A beauty: a detective story with heart and humor that can't help but provoke outrage - as well as admiration for the capacity for empathy by a woman who was deeply wronged."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Marshall Fine

6 27%

Charlie Countryman (2013)

"Engaging and diverting, a movie that never quite goes where you expect it to - even when it shows you the ending right at the start."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

7 64%

12-12-12 (2013)

"This isn't a movie about victims - it's a movie about surviving and coming back. "

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Marshall Fine

8 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"A surprisingly funny tone poem on roots and separation and disappointment...Dern barely speaks and holds the camera's focus just with his fascinatingly oblique presence."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Marshall Fine

9 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Ah yes, an animated TB plague - now you're talking."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Marshall Fine

10 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"Strong stuff, a film that scalds its subject - who still doesn't seem to understand what he's done that's pissed so many people off."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Marshall Fine

11 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"A leaden-footed mess, bulky and uninvolving...computerized movie-making, built with algorithms and tropes and very little actual humanity..Thor-mageddon ain't much fun.."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Marshall Fine

12 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"Not a terribly good film, but it features some of the best martial-arts action I've seen on film in a while."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Marshall Fine

13 69%

About Time (2013)

"That rare intelligent romantic comedy that's also about something deeper. Succumb to its charms."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Marshall Fine

14 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Having squandered most of this century's first decade being a movie star, Matthew McConaughey has approached its second stanza as an actor. The results have been salutary."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Marshall Fine

15 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"I didn't laugh as often as I did at the earlier Jackass films, but it did make me laugh just as hard."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Marshall Fine

16 79%

Aftermath (2013)

"A powerful lesson in the timeless nature of history that will shake viewers with its building emotional power."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Marshall Fine

17 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"McCarthy's self-importance combined with Scott's make an uncomfortable fit."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Marshall Fine

18 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"By-the-numbers biopic...Assange, the dramatic character, isn't nearly as interesting as the real Assange."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Marshall Fine

19 64%

Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013)

"An engaging portrait of an artist that blends performance and verite footage...should whet your appetite for his music. "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Marshall Fine

20 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The year's most powerful film, an arthouse masterpiece which demands to be seen..important, engrossing, upsetting...It's hard to imagine one that will hit you harder."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Marshall Fine

21 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"A bravura performance in a gripping film that joins Gravity in the competition to be the year's most harrowing."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

22 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"May be the year's most subversive film: a horrifying satire of the manufactured fun we've come to associate with the Disney assembly line. "

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Marshall Fine

23 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"I'm not exactly a Machete cultist - but I'm cultish enough to admit I had a lot of fun watching Machete Kills."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

Marshall Fine

24 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Puts you right in the middle of the action and never lets you go..gritty, gripping fare, a movie that will leave you shaken. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Marshall Fine

25 63%

Linsanity (2013)

"Unchallenging but exciting and enjoyable, an underdog story with a relatively happy ending. "

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Marshall Fine

26 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Powerful and will hit you like a fast-moving bus."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Marshall Fine

27 45%

All Is Bright (2013)

"A small but thoroughly engaging dramatic comedy...Paul Giamatti is one of our great screen actors, a poet of frustration and regret with a wide range. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Marshall Fine

28 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A harrowing, white-knuckle tale from start to finish...Life or death: How much more of a story do you need?"

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Marshall Fine

29 76%

Concussion (2013)

"A breakout role for Weigert...deserves to be seen by a wide audience.. because it's just an exceptional and pleasurable film"

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Marshall Fine

30 90%

Inequality For All (2013)

"Watch this film - and then show it to someone who refuses to educate themselves about what the financial situation is all about. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Marshall Fine

31 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"One of the year's most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films...Moving and joyful."

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Marshall Fine

32 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Not just good for a film directed by an actor or a first-timer - it's a solid, entertaining film. Period."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Marshall Fine

33 89%

Rush (2013)

"Exactly as middlebrow and mainstream as most of Howard's oeuvre..Chatter about it as an Oscar contender is simply laughable. "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Marshall Fine

34 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"The script is misshapen and out of balance..Bello disappears for vast chunks of time..The rest of the cast all seem like bystanders to the Hugh and Jake show."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Marshall Fine

35 70%

C.O.G. (2013)

"A deceptive film: a drama disguised as a comedy, with laughs that are undercut but sad truths. "

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Marshall Fine

36 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Gandolfini reveals a smile that is easy and warm; it makes his premature death this summer that much sadder, when you consider the range he had but rarely got to show."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Marshall Fine

37 31%

Adore (2013)

"Forces the viewer to consider those complex emotions from a distance, rather than dramatizing them in anything more than the most oblique or glancing way."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Marshall Fine

38 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"Shelton's secret: she finds terrific actors to invest her characters with a depth, humanity (and wit) that makes their lives interesting, even when nothing big is going on."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Marshall Fine

39 35%

Salinger (2013)

"A workmanlike doc-bio of a toweringly mysterious figure who rejected exactly the kind of cult of personality that this film continues to exploit. "

Posted Sep 4, 2013

Marshall Fine

40 32%

A Teacher (2013)

"A strong dramatic vision and the intelligence to carry it out with minimal resources..the kind of movie we need more of: thought-provoking, unshowy but deeply affecting. "

Posted Sep 3, 2013

Marshall Fine

41 2%

Getaway (2013)

"Like watching a friend play a race-car videogame. Over and over and over again for 90 minutes. Without ever offering you a turn. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Marshall Fine

42 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"Given the right opportunity, Kathryn Hahn could give Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig a run for their money as the funniest woman working in movies. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Marshall Fine

43 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"A far too neutral retelling of a subject on which there are seemingly no neutral opinions"

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Marshall Fine

44 34%

Passion (2013)

"A misfire from start to finish. Track down Love Crimes to see what all the fuss is about."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Marshall Fine

45 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"The most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real..generates an electrifying level of tension and just plain fear. "

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Marshall Fine

46 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"Nobody talks without needing to in this film, And what they have to say is nearly always either interesting, revealing or both."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

47 27%

Jobs (2013)

"You either already know all this about Jobs - because you were a true believer in him as The One True Tech God - or you don't because you don't care. "

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

48 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"The word that came to mind as I walked out of Kick-Ass 2 was "vomitous." The best thing that can be said about it is that it's not in 3D. That's not nearly enough"

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Marshall Fine

49 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Schmaltzy, even corny - but it also gives a face to issues that continue to haunt us..pulls you into its drama and gives you a new angle on a history you thought you knew. "

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Marshall Fine

50 89%

You Will Be My Son (2013)

"The tyranny of fatherhood doesn't have a more intimidating embodiment than Niels Arestrup."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Marshall Fine

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