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Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch Lacks Courage & Conviction

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 10:02 AM
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The Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

The Assessment: Ron Howard's Directorial Career In 8 Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Ron Howard, Assessment
Erstwhile star of the beacon of TV Americana that was “Happy Days,” occasional actor, and now Oscar-winning director and major Hollywood power player, Ron Howard is, by every account you can find the length and breadth of the World Wide Web, a really nice guy. Almost every interview starts with a reference to his niceness, his approachability, his affability, his talent for not taking himself too seriously. Which kind of makes it okay for us not to take him too seriously either.

Review: Ron Howard's 'Rush' Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl & Olivia Wilde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 7:07 PM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl
It's only "rebels, lunatics and dreamers" that decide to get behind the wheel and race for a living, so quips Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the early moments of Ron Howard's "Rush," and there's an undeniable logic to his observation. For who else would willingly strap themselves into a fiberglass frame, powered by a 500-horsepower engine to drive at unimaginable speeds around a racetrack, where even the faintest hint of a wrong move could end your life? And who else would embrace the odds where at the beginning of each race year, it's known that an average of two drivers will die out of a field of twenty-five? Well, Lauda is one of those people, as is Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and together they made worldwide headlines for their intense rivalry and passion for the sport. Howard's film matches that fuel-injected devotion in a film that goes beyond mere sports biopic to tell the tale of two men forged by gasoline, jumpsuits and ambition.

Oscars: A Look At The Supporting Actor Field, Including Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto & James Gandolfini

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2013 2:32 PM
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So far, for the most part, a good chunk of the 2013 awards contenders have been seen, but only by those high falutin' critical types at film festivals -- as we saw last week. But that started to change last week with the release of two legit Best Picture contenders: Ron Howard's "Rush," and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners." So even those trying to stick their head in the sand and avoid Oscar season aren't going to have much of a choice from here on out.

Watch: Get In The Driver's Seat With 4 Clips & Lots Of New Pics From Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 5:00 PM
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Rush,
A movie about car racing featuring Thor and that guy from one of the 'Bourne' movies, directed by the dude whose last few movies were "The Dilemma," "Angels & Demons" and "Frost/Nixon"? No thanks, right? Well, the good news is that Ron Howard's "Rush," which premiered at TIFF last week (our review), is flat out entertaining. It's a sports biopic that doesn't just deal in clichés, but puts forth two strong, flawed personalities and tells their story. It's one that's worth putting on your watch list in a relatively lean month of movies, and a few clips are here to encourage you to do just that.

Casting: Emma Watson Rejoins 'Voice,' Daniel Bruhl Replaces Colin Firth, Ellen Page Goes 'Queen & Country'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 9, 2013 2:48 PM
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As the Toronto International Film Festival chugs along, there's a huge volume of news that comes along with it, mostly casting and project announcements. Today is no different, with word coming down regarding new projects and a handful of resurrected ones as well. Read on for news on projects from Emma Watson, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Nolan and Michael Winterbottom. Exciting stuff, indeed.

TIFF Review: ‘Rush’ Starring Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Brühl Finds Ron Howard In Top Gear

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 5:52 PM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth
It's only "rebels, lunatics and dreamers" that decide to get behind the wheel and race for a living, so quips Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the early moments of Ron Howard's "Rush," and there's an undeniable logic to his observation. For who else would willingly strap themselves into a fiberglass frame, powered by a 500-horsepower engine to drive at unimaginable speeds around a racetrack, where even the faintest hint of a wrong move could end your life? And who else would embrace the odds where at the beginning of each race year, it's known that an average of two drivers will die out of a field of twenty-five? Well, Lauda is one of those people, as is Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and together they made worldwide headlines for their intense rivalry and passion for the sport. Howard's film matches that fuel-injected devotion in a film that goes beyond mere sports biopic to tale of two men forged by gasoline, jumpsuits and ambition.

TIFF Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Brühl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 8:33 AM
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Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

Watch: New Clip, Featurettes, TV Spots & Photos From Ron Howard's 'Rush' Starring Chris Hemsworth & Olivia Wilde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 11:22 AM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth
You can practically smell the exhaust from here... Ron Howard has been tuning up his upcoming race world biopic "Rush", which premieres at TIFF later this week, and in case you're not going to be in Toronto here's enough footage to make you think you've already seen the movie.

Daniel Bruhl, Bruno Ganz & More Join Olivier Assayas' 'Sils Maria' With Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz & Kristen Stewart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 11:40 AM
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Production kicks off this week on Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," and joining his already starry leads—Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart—is an equally impressive supporting cast. So let's get right into it.

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