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Review: 'Getting On' Season 1 A Perfect Prescription Of Sweet & Sour Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 10:08 AM
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Getting On
Whenever a U.K. comedy crosses the pond for an American makeover, the first concern generally tends to be about capturing the spirit and tone of the original. And while I haven't seen the British version of "Getting On," whatever happened in translation didn't seem to dilute a potent blend of sweet and sour laughs in HBO's take on the series. Retaining the tradition of truly cringeworthy moments of comedic embarrassment popularized by the efforts of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and combining it with heart and (fleeting) moments of genuine emotion, "Getting On" makes the most of its six episode first season.

First Look: Christian Bale In Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 9:22 AM
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Exodus Christian Bale
From a grizzled factory worker trying to make ends meet and keep his brother on the straight and narrow in "Out Of The Furnace" to a paunchy con man in "American Hustle," Christian Bale has once again shown his chameleon-like approach in two movies released within weeks of each other. And if you need more proof of the man's ability to shape-shift as the role permits, here's further evidence.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Horror Sequel 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 9:00 AM
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"Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead"
The Sundance Film Festival is associated with many things: celebrities, swag and of course, compelling dramas and sharp comedies that will have everyone talking for the rest of the year. But let us not forget that Park City also has a midnight lineup where folks can sit back and get scared silly. And one of the movies headed to Utah is a sequel to the film that put the director of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" on the map.

Box Office: 'Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' & 'Frozen' Fend Off 'Wolf of Wall Street' & 'Walter Mitty'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 29, 2013 3:03 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
We're in the last leg of the winter holidays and it shows at the box office with strong holdovers leading the pack. This weekend, in between Christmas and New Year's Eve, marks that wonderful time when whole families pile in droves to see those films they've been hearing so much about (Did you take Nana and Pop-Pop to see "August: Osage County"?), those who can escape to catch up on Oscar contenders. ("Her" is in limited release and well worth the drive) and an interesting third group reveling in the holiday cheer (not naming names, but we know someone over the age of 10 who saw "Frozen" for the third time).

Robert De Niro Sought For Lead Role In 'Gambling Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2013 10:02 AM
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Gambling Man Robert De Niro
It's a little odd to issue a press release noting the actors you are seeking to play a lead role in your film, but if you want to get attention for your hitherto unknown project, it's a way to go we suppose. And certainly one can't ignore the name Robert De Niro.

First Look: Ben Affleck In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 8:04 PM
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Gone Girl Ben Affleck
We know you're still recovering and catching up with the slew of great movies that came our way in 2013, but in just a few short days 2014 will be here, and across those 12 months will be even more films to get excited about. And right near the top of that list will undoubtedly be David Fincher's "Gone Girl."

Watch: 1-Hour Awards Season Roundtable With Oscar Isaac, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harrison Ford & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 2:35 PM
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Envelope Screening Series : Actors' roundtable
If you've already watched more "Judge Judy" than you can stomach, and ripped through all the TV seasons you got from Grandma for Christmas, here's another way you can kill some holiday season time.

Review: Ralph Fiennes' Charles Dickens Drama 'The Invisible Woman' Co-Starring Felicity Jones

  • By Chris Willman
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  • December 27, 2013 2:07 PM
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Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman
Charles Dickens and his comely, considerably younger mistress have a dickens of a time getting their adulterous act together in “The Invisible Woman,” a directing, as well as starring, turn for Ralph Fiennes. He’s rarely been better than he is as the 19th century’s most celebrated novelist, with his chops on camera just about matched by what he’s done behind. The problem is that we’ve seen so many fictions about Victorians who can’t let the onset of real passion break up their stuffy marriages that even a true-life variation doesn’t have that much to add to the genre, much less that’s thematically worthy of Dickens.

Watch: All 7 Episodes Of David Lynch's Short-Lived ABC Sitcom 'On The Air'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 1:36 PM
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On The Air David Lynch
"The year is 1957. A new program entitled 'The Lester Guy Show' is debuting on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). Most of the cast is nuts, the crew is incompetent and everything that could go wrong always does. Of course, this makes the show a hit." So goes the logline to David Lynch's short-lived ABC sitcom "On The Air" and if you need a reminder of what the filmmaker did with his opportunity to be zapped into the homes of mainstream America, here you go.

Review: Sprawling, Sneering 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 1:07 PM
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August: Osage County
It's undeniable that, at least on paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a can't-miss proposition. Pairing Tracey Letts' Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award-winning play with an outstanding ensemble cast ranging from awards-nominated veterans to rising young stars—Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham—it's hard to fathom the material not working. And while the choice of helmer John Wells ("The Company Men") might not seem like the most inspired decision, all he theoretically has to do is put the camera on a tripod and let the actors do their thing. And he does. And yet, 'Osage County' still turns out be an exhausting, screechy drama, in which a lot of very good actors work very hard, and yet produce so little as a result.

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