Marshall Fine – Biography

Marshall Fine is a journalist, critic and author who has served as nationally syndicated film and TV critic and entertainment writer for Gannett News Service and as film and TV critic for Star magazine. He is a member and three-time chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle.

He is contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado magazine. He has been a regular contributor to the entertainment section of the New York Daily News. His writing has appeared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, New York Observer, Premiere, Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Weekly. He conducted the Playboy Interview with both Howard Stern and Tim Robbins.

He is the author of three biographies: Bloody Sam: The Life and Films of Sam Peckinpah (1991); Harvey Keitel: The Art of Darkness (1998); and Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film (2006).

A native of suburban Minneapolis, he worked at newspapers around the country before arriving in New York and has the distinction of being fired as entertainment editor of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger for panning a concert by Anita Bryant.

He was recently named critic-in-residence at The Picture House, a not-for-profit film center in Pelham, NY, where he will curate and host the Picture House Film Club beginning in October 2014. He previously curated the Emelin Film Club in Mamaroneck, NY, for nine years. He also curates the Thalia Film Club at Symphony Space in Manhattan, which is about to complete its fourth. He regularly guest-hosts at other film series in the New York area and has programmed films and moderated discussions at the New York branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, BAM Cinematek, Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image and the Jacob Burns Film Center.

His short film, Flo Fox’s Dicthology, was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival and the International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam, in 2002. His feature-length documentary about film critic Rex Reed, Do You Sleep in the Nude?, screened at the 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival and the 2008 South By Southwest Festival. He is at work on a documentary about comedian Robert Klein.

OK, so that’s the official version. Meanwhile, I’ve unearthed the first movie review I ever wrote. It was for my junior-high-school newspaper in Richfield, MN, when I was in 7th grade. Click here to see it and to see the critic as a young nerd.