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Toronto Film Review: Lance Armstrong Drama ‘The Program’

September 13, 2015

Courtesy of StudioCanal “Everybody knows the fight was fixed,” husks Leonard Cohen over the closing credits of Stephen Frears’ “The Program,” a straight-spinning dramatization of cycling champ Lance Armstrong’s much-scrutinized fall from grace. It’s a rather literal application of Cohen’s 1988 track “Everybody Knows,” its cryptic AIDS-era undertow repurposed here as a warning against unkeepable […]

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Venice Film Review: ‘Marguerite’

September 4, 2015

Photo courtesy of Unifrance Cover your ears and open your hearts: In French director Xavier Giannoli’s pitch-perfect comedy of manners, “Marguerite,” a shameless chanteuse with a surplus of money and a shortage of talent buys her way into the spotlight, exposing the hypocrisy of her unctuous social circle in the process. Inspired by screechy American […]

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Film Review: Tom Hardy in ‘Legend’

September 3, 2015

Courtesy of Universal There are two good reasons to make what might otherwise seem an inessential new biopic of Ronnie and Reggie Kray — and both of them, as it happens, take the formidable form of Tom Hardy. Playing both the infamously savage Cockney crime lords in a dazzling feat of thespian self-splicing to rival […]

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Casting Net: Scott Eastwood set to become action star in Overdrive

September 2, 2015

Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) is teaming up with Taken director Pierre Morel for his next movie. The son of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood will lead Overdrive, about two car-stealing brothers who head to France for greener pastures. Morel is producing the project helmed by Antonio Negret (Transit) and penned by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. […]

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Sinister 2—The AllMovie Review

August 22, 2015

★ ½ One of the true hallmarks of a modern horror film is using the past to establish meaningful, and often haunting, context for the events that inevitably transpire. Sinister 2 applies this method on two fronts, tying in the events of the first installment in the franchise (2012’s Sinister into its own plot while […]

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Uggie the dog, star of The Artist, dies at 13

August 12, 2015

Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who charmed audiences in the Oscar-winning film The Artist, has died. He was 13. His owner and trainer, Omar von Muller, confirmed the news after TMZ reported Uggie was put to sleep Friday in Los Angeles. “We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie’s fans that our […]

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Shaun the Sheep—The AllMovie Review

August 6, 2015

★ ★ ★ ★ Shaun is a sheep who resides, along with the rest of his flock, on a tract of country land run by The Farmer. It’s strictly a wool enterprise — not mutton — and Shaun should thank his lucky stars for that, but the grind is still getting to him: Wake up […]

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation —The AllMovie Review

July 31, 2015

★ ★ ★ ★ One mission that seems almost impossible for Hollywood to achieve these days is to continually reenergize a popular film franchise, making each entry as good (if not better) than the last. But that’s exactly what Tom Cruise and company have done with this tentpole, which is now 19 years old. The […]

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Film Review: ‘Fourth Man Out’

June 29, 2015

A sleeper delight, “Fourth Man Out” centers around a closeted average Joe whose best buds first bridle, then rally around him when he decides to come out on his 24th birthday. This thoroughly ingratiating, touchingly heartfelt comedy doesn’t have marquee names or an attention-grabbing hook, but hopefully its sheer likability will grab some deserved niche theatrical […]

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James Cameron’s tribute to composer James Horner

June 24, 2015

On the morning of June 22, a single-engine plane owned by Oscar-winning composer James Horner crashed in Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara, California. The pilot, who has not yet been identified, was killed, and Horner’s family and friends braced themselves for sad news pending the medical examiner’s investigation.  James Cameron met Horner 35 years ago and […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Here After’

May 25, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival The kids are not all right in “The Here After,” a cold, controlled, minimalist drama about the aftermath of a crime committed by a teen in contempo rural Sweden. Mirroring the milieu of his tale, where repressed emotions eventually run amok, Sweden-born, Poland-trained helmer-writer Magnus von Horn withholds traditionally expected […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Taklub’

May 19, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival “Taklub,” Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza’s portrait of three surviving families a year after Typhoon Yolanda ripped through the city of Tacloban, is more concerned with their emotional devastation than with the physical aftermath. Shot in a no-frills documentary style that echoes its subjects’ deprivation, the film is at once intimate and detached in […]

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