Hollywood & Fine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)

"It's like a vanity project for - well, who, exactly? I could barely sit through the whole film; I can't imagine wandering the aisles of this puffed-up emporium. "

Posted May 6, 2013

Marshall Fine

2 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Black chooses to pump up the action to a size that makes it hard to focus the film's actual excitement."

Posted May 3, 2013

Marshall Fine

3 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"There are laughs and a warm romantic feeling to be had, but there's more going on here than simple feel-good story-telling."

Posted May 2, 2013

Marshall Fine

4 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"A powerful blend of grit and finesse..a gripping crime story..a psychopathic killer played with unlikely restraint by the most surprising actor around, Michael Shannon. "

Posted May 1, 2013

Marshall Fine

5 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"The film lives and breathes with Aprile's performance. She has a wonderful watchfulness..She sees all; how much she understands is probably shocking. "

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Marshall Fine

6 42%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"Both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal story."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Marshall Fine

7 20%

Arthur Newman (2013)

"The film seemed to sputter along without truly lifting off."

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Marshall Fine

8 50%

At Any Price (2013)

"Bahrani dishes up obvious melodrama about fathers and sons, down-home values versus shifting business ethics. "

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Marshall Fine

9 98%

Mud (2013)

"A spare, well-told story that shows teen characters learning necessary lessons in ways that manage to be both universal and dramatic."

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Marshall Fine

10 89%

In the House (2013)

"It's a mind-tickler of exquisite precision that saves some of its surprises for the finale."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Marshall Fine

11 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Not that the film doesn't want to make your pulse race. It's just that it seldom does. You have far too much time in this bloated and underwhelming film to consider that fact."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Marshall Fine

12 93%

Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2013)

"A portrait of a tough American musical spirit, fighting through until the end and taking energy and solace from the music he created."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

13 81%

Hitler's Children (2012)

"Seems like such an obvious topic for a film that it's surprising no one else has made it before..Raises issues that never get old. Nor should we stop talking about them."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Marshall Fine

14 79%

42 (2013)

"Deals with big emotions and allows you to feel them without stacking the deck or pushing obvious buttons. Instead, it lets the story of Jackie Robinson pack the punch."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Marshall Fine

15 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Maybe what Malick is working toward is a film in which he can leave out the actors altogether. He's getting pretty close."

Posted Apr 9, 2013

Marshall Fine

16 68%

Disconnect (2013)

"Upsetting, exhilarating and frightening in equal measures. It's got the ability to pierce your complacency with its cautionary tale."

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Marshall Fine

17 68%

Trance (2013)

"Like any good illusionist, Boyle understands that misdirection is a big part of the gag..feels like a Boyle escapade from start to finish. "

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Marshall Fine

18 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"I'm jaded enough that I came out of it feeling exhilarated if exhausted..this film has a sense of humor, as well as a relentless approach to its tale of demonic possession. "

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Marshall Fine

19 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"As he skewers the tabloid mentality that has replaced actual journalism, Redford points to the lassitude of the masses (and media) that led us into an immoral war in Iraq."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Marshall Fine

20 26%

The Brass Teapot (2013)

"If you happened upon "The Brass Teapot" on TV and it broke for a commercial, you'd probably change the channel."

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Marshall Fine

21 73%

Simon Killer (2013)

"Gripping and unsettling..There is a fly-on-the-wall quality to the scenes that's almost voyeuristic. It creates a sense of floating dread that builds as the film goes on."

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Marshall Fine

22 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"A better movie than the first one...which is a little like saying that someone with a terminal illness is better off than a person who's brain-dead. "

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Marshall Fine

23 8%

The Host (2013)

"A new-agey sci-fi tale that spends a lot of time talking while making little actually happen..wants to be about ideas, rather than story. Except there aren't any ideas. "

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Marshall Fine

24 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"There is an inevitability to the story, which builds tension like a snowball propelled by an avalanche. Cianfrance invests it with a sense of tragedy that's Shakespearean."

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Marshall Fine

25 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"The wave of hype about this movie has already started. To which I'd offer this thought: Bull****."

Posted Mar 25, 2013

Marshall Fine

26 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"Butler winds up as the last good guy standing in a building full of terrorists. So, of course, he's able to kill them off one at a time because, well, Die Hard."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Marshall Fine

27 79%

No Place On Earth (2013)

"A reminder of a horrifying period in history and a primer on the resilience and determination of which human beings are capable. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Marshall Fine

28 38%

Admission (2013)

"You can count on one hand the number of good romantic comedies in any given year. Which is why Admission is such a treat. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Marshall Fine

29 65%

Starbuck (2013)

"Funny, surprising and full of heart...meatier than you'd expect, with lots of unexpected humor."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Marshall Fine

30 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"An aggressively entertaining movie..that can be serious when it wants, without ever taking itself too seriously. "

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Marshall Fine

31 28%

Upside Down (2013)

"Who is it that keeps casting Jim Sturgess in movies? His range is limited to goofy smiles and pained looks of unrequited love - all that's required for this film."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

32 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"With a cast this well-stocked with comedy talent, you'd think just a few more laughs wouldn't feel like such a reach..a movie for 8-year-olds who haven't seen a lot of movies."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Marshall Fine

33 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"Populated with characters who seem to have no interior life..In his own oblique way, Korine offers commentary about just how empty that world is."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Marshall Fine

34 63%

Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013)

"Why would Roth give himself over to filmmakers who'd make a movie as dull and superficial as this one?..Makes you long for the doc that could be made by a real filmmaker "

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Marshall Fine

35 31%

Emperor (2013)

"Never dawdles but rarely digs deep...set against the backdrop of impending war, when everything seems more vital and in-the-moment. Except for this sometimes plodding film."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Marshall Fine

36 88%

The Silence (2013)

"Chilling stuff, the kind of thriller - like The Vanishing, let's say - that leaves you stunned and gulping."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Marshall Fine

37 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"You don't have to be a Journey fan because I'm not. Really..Less a rockumentary than the story of one man discovering just how much real work goes into living the dream."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Marshall Fine

38 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"There's no place like home, indeed."

Posted Mar 4, 2013

Marshall Fine

39 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"This is Winstone's show and it's a perfect showcase for his bluff, easygoing machismo. He was born to play this lovable scoundrel, with an emphasis on his rogue elements."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Marshall Fine

40 25%

Phantom (2013)

"This underwater drama sinks itself with its overly formal dialogue, limited imagination and overheated dramatic leaps."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Marshall Fine

41 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"A roiling visual extrusion rendered from CG imagery..I'm afraid it will be a while before researchers find the algorithm to make an audience care about a movie this inert."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Marshall Fine

42 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Audaciously, in-your-face creepy and exhilarating in a way few films have been since David Lynch's Blue Velvet. "

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Marshall Fine

43 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"A film that should make you furious. It raises serious issues about our commitment to helping the least fortunate of our citizens."

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Marshall Fine

44 56%

Snitch (2013)

"Since they were fictionalizing it anyway, why not give it a little life?"

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Marshall Fine

45 19%

Inescapable (2013)

"Feels like a not-very-skillful attempt at making a certain kind of movie...repeatedly trips over its own shoelaces, calling attention to distinct story-telling shortcomings."

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Marshall Fine

46 78%

Red Flag (2013)

"Karpovsky is an engaging screen presence, doing comic artistic neurosis in "Red Flag" explosion of work from an intriguing filmmaker. "

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Marshall Fine

47 60%

Rubberneck (2013)

"With Hitchcockian self-assurance, Karpovsky is able to inject an element of surprise and uncertainty even into the film's final moments."

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Marshall Fine

48 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Eliminates the need for McClane to do anything except shoot guns, look pissed and spout reductive one-liners."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Marshall Fine

49 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"If you can turn your brain off - or tap into the adolescent girl within - you should have fun."

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Marshall Fine

50 94%

Lore (2013)

"A dark coming-of-age journey about a girl who may or may not be able to summon the character to survive in a way she can live with afterward."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Marshall Fine

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