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Review - 'Prisoners' Is A Distinctly, Deliciously Stressful Psychological Thriller (Opens Today)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 20, 2013 11:46 AM
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There's much to meditate on in Prisoners, the dark psychological thriller out this Friday starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie could be described as distinctly, deliciously stressful, with its winding mysteries and shocking reveals, its broody atmosphere and consistent aura of foreboding. It excels at all this in spite of a simple enough premise: two families, celebrating together what should be a routine and happy Thanksgiving holiday, are plunged into a waking nightmare when their young daughters are kidnapped in broad daylight. Jackman plays Keller Dover, the father of one of the kidnapped girls who in a desperate bid to find his daughter, and despite the protestations of an idiosyncratic detective working on the case (Gyllenhaal) takes matters in dealing with the prime suspect into his own hands, vigilante style. While the movie's labyrinthine plot is a huge component in what makes it works, its a film that's as much about its performances as it is about the mystery itself. We have a star-studded cast who all (except for Paul Dano, whose performance here and in the forthcoming 12 Years a Slave proves that his time will surely come) have been nominated for or have won Oscars. And while Dano, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello (as Jackman's wife), and Gyllenhaal are all stellar, by the third act it is clear that what we are watching is the Jackman show - Jackman with his flared nostrils and countless crying sequences (ranging from the single tear rolling down the cheek to the full on snot fest).

Interview: Director Darrell Roodt Tells S&A What to Expect from 'Winnie' Biopic, Defends Casting (Opens Today)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • September 6, 2013 11:56 AM
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The long-awaited Winnie Mandela biopic starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard is finally opening in theaters this weekend.

Pre-Theatrical Release Screening Of 'Winnie' In Nashville, TN - The Only TN Screening Of The Film

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 4, 2013 11:44 AM
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The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) has announced the Nashville, TN premiere screening of Winnie Mandela - the biopic based on the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, which will be a special finale of IBFFN's 2013 Summer Film Series.

Malcolm D. Lee's 'Best Man Holiday' Gets An 'R' Rating Courtesy Of The MPAA

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 3, 2013 7:35 PM
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Not a surprise at all. After all, the first film was also rated R by the MPAA. I'd actually be concerned if the upcoming sequel was rated PG13 or G, or one of those kid-friendly ratings.

Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Her Dramatic Acting Chops In New Clip From 'Winnie'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 29, 2013 11:15 AM
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Soundtrack To 'Winnie' Will Feature New Jennifer Hudson Single Written By Diane Warren. Out 9/3

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 28, 2013 7:27 PM
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It actually never crossed my mind that there'd be a genuine soundtrack for this. Alas, there is! And not only is there one, but the star of the movie, Jennifer Hudson, sings a new song on the soundtrack titled Bleed For Love, written by veteran, multiple award-winning songwriter, Diane Warren.

Viola Davis and Terrence Howard are Frightened Parents in New Photo and Extended TV Spot for 'Prisoners'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • August 16, 2013 5:53 PM
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Warner Bros. has released the above image and a new 60-second TV spot for its upcoming thriller Prisoners, which co-stars Viola Davis and Terrence Howard along with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello and Paul Dano.

USA Release Trailer For Winnie Mandela Biopic (Starring Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 6, 2013 11:33 AM
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Terrence Howard Joins M. Night Shyamalan's FOX Serial 'Wayward Pines'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 23, 2013 4:23 PM
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Interview: Director Darrell Roodt Tells S&A What to Expect from 'Winnie' Biopic, Defends Casting

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • July 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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The long-awaited Winnie Mandela biopic starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard is finally headed to theaters. Winnie, which opened the Montreal International Black Film Festival, will be released in the U.S. on September 6.