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Sundance Review: ‘War Story’ Starring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi & Ben Kingsley

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 25, 2014 2:13 PM
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War Story
What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a grim and sad narratives – a so-called “miserablist” movie I love is “Bitiful” and last year’s bleak “Sunshine Jr.” had a lot of value. These emotions are part of our existence, shouldn’t be shied away from and must be examined. But what is the value when a movie wallows in these kinds of dire feelings and never illuminates the human condition beyond the superficial notion that grief is difficult? What then?

John Boyega Is Jesse Owens, Ben Kingsley Heads To 'Night At The Museum 3' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 1:26 PM
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While John Boyega broke out in a big way thanks to his magnetic turn in "Attack the Block," we haven't seen much from the actor since. He's taken small roles in some films that never really took ("Inkheart," "Half of a Yellow Sun") and he's at Sundance this week with "Imperial Dreams." But he's about to launch back into some major attention.

Watch: The Mandarin Embraces Celebrity In Clip From Marvel One Shot 'All Hail The King'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 4:23 PM
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All Hail The King
After a couple days of feverish Marvel movie rumors, here's something from the comic movie studio that's real and concrete: a clip from their upcoming One Shot short, "All Hail The King."

Patricia Clarkson Talks New Projects, "Motherlover," Lars von Trier And The "Perks" Of The Movie Business

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2013 11:04 AM
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The very first thing we heard Patricia Clarkson say, at the opening press conference given by the jury of the 2013 Marrakech Film Festival, was that at that point in the proceedings, all they had actually been doing was drinking. At which the collected luminaries including Jury president Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Fatih Akin and Amat Escalante all laughed, somewhat sheepishly, and everyone kind of relaxed.

Ben Kingsley's Secret Marvel Project Is A Mandarin-Focused One Shot

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 9:22 AM
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One of the more tantalizing unrealized moments from Shane Black's terrific "Iron Man 3," that was revealed during the lead-up to the film's home video release: Ben Kingsley's Mandarin character (in actuality a druggy London stage actor named Trevor Slattery), mistakenly injects himself with the Extremis virus, a virus that turns people into human bombs (he thought it was just some really good shit). Slattery walks out onto the oil tanker where the big action set piece happens and spontaneously explodes. It's a shocking, wonderful moment and its deletion made us wonder if Marvel has other plans for the character. It turns out, they do.

Ben Kingsley Says He's Working On A Secret Marvel Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 9:17 AM
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Depending on where you stand, how Marvel ultimately treated Mandarin in "Iron Man 3" was either a very clever and unexpected twist, or a complete betrayal of a classic comic villain. But either way, it would be hard to deny that it was great fun watching Ben Kingsley stagger and swagger his way through the role. And it seems like the execs at Marvel like him too, as it may not be the last of we've seen of Trevor Slattery.

Watch: 7 Clips From 'Ender's Game' Plus 2 New Mondo Posters

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 18, 2013 9:44 AM
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In “Ender’s Game,” Asa Butterfield plays Ender, a bright young boy who’s been handpicked by Colonel Graff (played by Harrison Ford) to save the entire world and human race. No pressure. Colonel Graff is dead set on the boy, much to the hesitation of his colleagues, Mazer (Ben Kingsley) and Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis), both of whom believe that the boy is not ready. Are they right or can Ender step up and save the world? You will have to wait and find out a few weeks from now… unless you’ve read the book. If you’ve read the book, there probably won’t be any surprises here. But hey, Harrison Ford is in it! Plus, the kid from “Hugo”! And Ben Kingsley has a giant tattoo on his face! If that still does not pique your interest, perhaps these seven different clips from the film will help.

Harrison Ford Has Been Talking 'Blade Runner 2' With Ridley Scott; Ben Kingsley Denies 'Star Wars' Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 10:03 AM
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As long as there has been talk about the developing "Blade Runner" sequel, Harrison Ford's name has been in the mix, even though it doesn't make much sense narratively. "I don't think it'll be Harrison [starring]. But I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing," Ridley Scott said last year, and it seems he's not joking.

We'd Watch This: Kimberley Peirce Reveals Abandoned Hollywood Murder Mystery With Hugh Jackman & Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 27, 2013 9:18 AM
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The film scene has gone too long without seeing Kimberly Peirce's name up on a screen — five years since the release of the director's second film, “Stop-Loss,” and nine years before that with her acclaimed 1999 debut, “Boys Don't Cry.” But while the latest occasion for Peirce behind the camera guides her down a new avenue into horror, helming a remake of “Carrie” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, there were many intriguing directions explored in the years before it, as a recent profile reveals.

Michael Shannon Moves Into '99 Homes'; Nicole Kidman & Colin Firth Hug 'Paddington' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 3:33 PM
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While Ramin Bahrani's leap to the slightly-bigger-time earlier this year with "At Any Price" didn't quite work, we still admired the hell out of the movie. Putting the plot aside, which is perhaps too overstuffed for its own good, with some genre elements that don't quite work, Bahrani's study of middle American values coming up against corporate ethics (among other things) was fascinating, as was his look at the divergent dreams between a father and his son. So, that's why we're very excited for his next effort "99 Homes," and after lining up Andrew Garfield to star, things have gotten even more interesting...

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