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Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster & Emile Hirsch

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 27, 2013 11:24 AM
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Lone Survivor
Your average rock, tree, or branch will never appear harmless after “Lone Survivor.” With its depiction of warfare in Afghanistan moved to the unlikely setting of evergreens and jagged cliffs, the most horrific moments of director Peter Berg’s drama come from a body in free fall—and its eventual landing upon each. Never mind the fact that surrounding Taliban forces rain gunfire and RPGs down upon four injured American soldiers out on a recon mission; nature is the true enemy, and the extent of its cruelty is explored to the fullest over the course of the film’s harrowing two hours.

Watch: Roll With The Navy SEALs In 4 Clips From 'Lone Survivor' Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 19, 2013 9:21 AM
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Lone Survivor
In the midst of this overcrowded month, it can be easy to lose track of all the films that are being released this holiday season. “Lone Survivor” looks to ease the situation by waiting until January before expanding to theaters nationwide. The Afghan-war film is based on the very real and tragic story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and stars Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana. One of our own colleagues liked “Lone Survivor”, but had his reservations about the film when he caught it over at the AFI Film Fest. In his review, he called it “a deeply intense, detached museum piece” and praised Ben Foster’s performance for humanizing his character “with a full-spirited passion and sensitive humor.” Now, four new clips from the film have just been released to help paint you a picture as to what this movie will be about.

'Lone Survivor' Director Peter Berg Talks Beards, 'Battleship' And What's Going On With The 'Friday Night Lights' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 17, 2013 3:02 PM
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Lone Survivor
Peter Berg is a manly director. After shepherding such testosterone-soaked films as "Very Bad Things," "The Rundown," "Friday Night Lights," and "Battleship," the director has set his sights on bringing his passion project to the big screen, in spectacularly violent fashion. "Lone Survivor" is based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's nonfiction account of how his elite unit was ambushed and fell in the rocky mountains of Afghanistan. As told by Berg, it is a film full of fire and fury and men doing incredibly manly things. We got a chance to speak to the director, who told us about pulling together his cast, what his thoughts on "Battleship" are more than a year later, the movie's patriotic tone, and more.

Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell & Rob Kazinsky Take Up 'Warcraft' For Duncan Jones

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 7:48 PM
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It was only a matter of time before Duncan Jones entered the blockbuster world. His debut "Moon" managed a huge amount with a fairly slim budget, he stepped up to a bigger canvas effectively with "Source Code," and he's been linked with big projects like "The Wolverine," "Man Of Steel" and "Catching Fire" over the last few years. But the helmer, a keen videogamer, was finally lured to the megabudget world by "Warcraft," Legendary's adaptation of the popular series of fantasy video games.

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2013 2:26 PM
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FYC Supporting Actors, Oscars 2013
The Phoney War phase of the awards season is starting to come to an end: we've already had nominations from smaller precursors like the Gotham Awards and the British Independent Film Awards, and in a little over two weeks, things will get underway properly with the New York Film Critics Awards and the National Board of Review Awards, kicking off a month full of nominees and winners ahead of the opening of Oscar voting on December 27th.

AFI Film Fest Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster & Emile Hirsch

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2013 9:19 AM
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Lone Survivor
Your average rock, tree, or branch will never appear harmless after “Lone Survivor.” With its depiction of warfare in Afghanistan moved to the unlikely setting of evergreens and jagged cliffs, the most horrific moments of director Peter Berg’s drama come from a body in free fall—and its eventual landing upon each. Never mind the fact that surrounding Taliban forces rain gunfire and RPGs down upon four injured American soldiers out on a recon mission; nature is the true enemy, and the extent of its cruelty is explored to the fullest over the course of the film’s harrowing two hours.

New Trailer & Photos Of Peter Berg's Heroism Drama 'Lone Survivor' Which Could Be An Oscar Contender

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 8, 2013 2:26 PM
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Lone Survivor
Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana was a bit of a question mark earlier in the year, but it's already already garnering positive survival narrative comparisons to solid pictures that have already screened this year like "Gravity," "Captain Phillips," "All Is Lost" and "12 Years A Slave" (that's pretty terrific company to be in).

First Look At Ben Foster As Lance Armstrong In Biopic That Still Needs A Title, Suggestions?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 12:27 PM
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The last movie we saw about cycling was "Premium Rush," so the limited genre that it already is, there's really has nowhere to go but up. We certainly won't argue with a movie led by the excellent Ben Foster, particularly if he's playing disgraced former American hero Lance Armstrong.

Review: 'Kill Your Darlings' Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 16, 2013 7:08 PM
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Kill your darlings
When any filmmaker decides to chronicle a largely undocumented or unknown corner of history revolving around famous cultural figures, a question that can raise its head is: what's underneath the surface that compels the director to make the story?

Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Meets Dane DeHaan In Clip From 'Kill Your Darlings' Plus New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2013 1:16 PM
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Kill your darlings
The Venice Film Festival is well underway. And while the Beat Generation drama "Kill Your Darlings" isn't in competition, it is screening at the festival before it takes a trip to Toronto and lands in theaters this fall. And if you can't wait, you can get an early peek at the movie right now.

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