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Review: 'Saving Lincoln' A Shoddily Assembled Biopic With Special Effects That Distract Instead Of Enhance

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 14, 2013 8:03 PM
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Sports fans are familiar with that common, irrational howl: the too-invested fan who screams towards the field or at the screen, veins bulging in their forehead prompted by too much lubrication. How could you call that play? Why are you substituting the righthander from the bullpen? Do you not understand anything about clock management? While there remain hecklers in the movie theaters, they show comparative restraint, and we should count our blessings they can control themselves in front of the silver screen. How on Earth could you put the camera there, Tom Hooper? Ben Affleck, what are you thinking? Why am I watching Bradley Cooper out there when clearly Mark Wahlberg should be filling that roster spot?
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Review: ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ Is An Uneasy, Largely Unsuccessful Mixture of Fact And Fiction

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 14, 2013 7:33 PM
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The title of the new true crime documentary “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files” is evocative and provocative. It suggests a couple of things, too. One, the word ‘Files’ insinuates that this is going to be a probing documentary, something that reaches into the storied history of one of America’s most infamous serial killers and dregs up new details or possibly even secrets, locked away in the titular files until just now. The title also suggests a certain amount of scope – that this will be a coalition of all of the files on Jeffrey Dahmer, maybe featuring interviews with dozens of the people who touched his life (investigators, neighbors, family members, friends). Instead, “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files” is neither; it’s an incredibly small documentary that often feels less complete than one of those hour-long specials they run on a loop on the ID Channel, often cripplingly hampered by a series of clumsy reenactments that do nothing but distract. The definitive Jeffrey Dahmer documentary is out there, but this isn’t it.

'21 And Over' Will Feature Radically Different Bookends Shot Specifically For Chinese Theaters

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 14, 2013 7:08 PM
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In the upcoming college comedy "21 And Over," a pair of American college buddies take their Chinese friend Jeff Chang out for a night on the town for his 21st birthday. Hijinks ensue, endangering Chang's career-making medical school interview the very next morning. All things considered, the film, from "The Hangover" writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, is a generic boys-behaving-badly film where the lessons learned are carried for the rest of their lives, and partying and brotherhood remain paramount.

Michael Mann To Direct Cyber Thriller Starring Chris Hemsworth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 5:41 PM
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Man, when one door closes for Chris Hemsworth, another one just opens right up. With production on Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" delayed until there's more work done on the script, what does the actor do? Oh, just sign up for a new film by Michael Mann, his first in four years. Damn.

Could Peter Dinklage Be A Motion-Capture CGI Villain In 'X-Men:Days Of Future Past'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 5:12 PM
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Okay, so we're less than 24 hours from when it was first announced that Peter Dinklage would be joining "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and the rumor mill is in full swing. His character is being kept under wraps, which led many to start ruminating on who he could be, with the actor's unique size suggesting he might be Puck or Toad. But a couple new bits of info have changed the thinking a little bit.

Universal Hires 'Hunger Games' Writer Billy Ray To Pen Competing Script For 'The Mummy' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 4:46 PM
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Oh, what a rollercoaster you're taking us on Universal! Last spring, with "Prometheus" still buzzing on everyone's minds, the studio snapped up that film's original writer Jon Spaihts to pen their reboot of "The Mummy." Okay, if it's gonna happen, he's a decent enough choice. And then in September, they bizarrely announced that Len Wiseman, coming off the stink of "Total Recall," was going to direct. Far from our first choice, but we get it, he can do effects stuff in his sleep. But now it seems like they're still not sure what they want to do.

Watch: Naomi Watts & Robin Wright Are Cougars For Each Other's Kids In Trailer For 'Two Mothers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 4:02 PM
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When tackling provocative material, there is a fine line between drama and merely being seamy and soapy. And that's the line director Anne Fontaine ("Coco Before Chanel," "The Girl From Monaco") needs to balance in "Two Mothers" which brings together Naomi Watts and Robin Wright for a very unique story.

Watch: Just In Time For Valentine's Day, The Honest Trailer For 'The Notebook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 3:46 PM
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We don't cover these Honest Trailers very often, but sometimes everything aligns as it should, and with today being Valentine's Day, the folks at Screen Junkies have fittingly taken their satiric wit to "The Notebook." And while it's not the best one of these they've put together, it does knock down "The Olive Garden of love stories" a few pegs.

Watch: Saoirse Ronan Battles Her Own Mind To Save The World In New Trailer For 'The Host'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 3:23 PM
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With "The Host" arriving in just over a month and the chatter around it has remained...minimal, certainly far less than what was launched upon Stephenie Meyer's previous YA hit, "Twilight," the marketing has changed gears. In the fall, we got the very tweeny version of the trailer, that was clearly geared to a certain demographic, and now we have a more action-oriented spot for everyone else. But yeah, still looks kinda whatever.

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Supporting Actress Nominees

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 14, 2013 2:58 PM
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Yesterday, we began our coverage counting down to the 85th Academy Awards next Sunday, by taking a look at some of the best early performances of the Best Supporting Actor nominees. So today, the only natural place to go was across the gender divide, to the Best Supporting Actress contenders. And as with their male counterparts, it's a mostly established bunch of names.

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