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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal In Surprising 'Prisoners'

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  • September 16, 2013 9:02 AM
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Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners sounds cookie-cutter conventional, and in fact there is nothing fresh in the concept: two little girls are abducted, and the father of one of them goes after a suspect the police have released. The clock is ticking ... and other cliches we've heard way too many times before. But the film is so sharply directed, tautly edited, so rich and believably acted -- Hugh Jackman is the fierce and desperate father, Jake Gyllenhaal the obsessed but coolly rational detective -- that you quickly forgive its tired story. Nothing else is tired in Prisoners, one of the most intense, satisfying thrillers to appear in years.

'Beautiful Creatures': Smarter, Wittier, Better Than 'Twilight'

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  • February 14, 2013 9:00 AM
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Beautiful Creatures, the story of high-school students in love – only one of them with supernatural powers – is bound to be compared to the Twilight movies, but that’s just wrong. Richard LaGravanese’s sumptuous-looking film is crisply directed, wonderfully cast and far wittier than the drippy, earnest Twilight Saga. Better to think of Beautiful Creatures as a Harry Potter substitute with wizards and muggles facing adulthood, a film smart enough to have fun with its magical premise.

Oscar Review: Awards As Bland As Oatmeal

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  • February 27, 2012 12:28 AM
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Well don’t James Franco and Anne Hathaway look better now? Last year’s Oscar show may have been a headlong collision, but at least a crash has curiosity value. This year’s show was as lively and colorful as cold oatmeal. You know it’s a dull show when even the Best Dead People “In Memoriam” sequence is chilly, unemotional and flat.

Best Ways To Watch The Oscars

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  • February 26, 2012 8:45 AM
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If you’re a fan of Billy Crystal and nostalgia (they sort of go together, don’t they?) tonight’s Academy Awards show has your name on it. But if, like many more of us, the throwback to Oscar hosts past and the presumed dominance of The Artist sounds like a snooze, here are some ways to approach the Academy Awards. (To be fair, the photo above is from this year's Oscar promo.)

Uggie Predicts the Oscars On Jimmy Kimmel Live (UPDATED)

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  • February 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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Predicting the Oscars while sitting in New York is possible, but probably not the best way to guess – it’s like covering the Republican primaries through the media without ever setting foot in a caucus state. You can do it, but someone who has more contact with the locals may have an edge. So we might as well trust Uggie’s Oscar predictions. That silent-film but surely French-accented dog from The Artist has gone Hollywood for awards season, and has been predicting the Oscars every night this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Meryl Streep Wins BAFTA, Loses Shoe, Saved By Colin Firth

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  • February 13, 2012 12:28 AM
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Just when it looked like Viola Davis was going to zoom straight through to the Best Actress Oscar, Meryl Streep won the BAFTA for The Iron Lady. Well, she was playing Margaret Thatcher and they are the British Academy Film Awards, so who knows if her victory means anything for the Oscars, but never mind that. While Davis has emerged as the queen of the stirring acceptance speech, Streep has been the wonderfully zany winner, and last night was one of her best appearances.

From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

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  • January 14, 2012 11:08 PM
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We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

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