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Review: Conventional, Flawed 'The Railway Man' Starring Colin Firth And Nicole Kidman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2014 6:13 PM
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The Railway Man
"The Railway Man" tells the true story of a World War II veteran mentally broken by his experiences in the war, living a lonely, isolated life, and trying to come to grips as best he can with the terror and memories that still haunt his mind. But you'd be forgiven after watching the opening portion of the film for mistaking it with a Colin Firth romantic comedy, set against the backdrop of England's lovely countryside. Going full adorkable, complete with mussed hair and oversized glasses (which we suppose would make him a hipster now), Eric (Firth) is at first glance a lovable, mild-mannered eccentric. He keeps to himself, but he's obsessed with trains—souvenirs, schedules, model numbers—he knows it all. But when Patti, played by Nicole Kidman, crosses into his single-minded field of vision, it's understandable that he finds something new worth paying attention to.

Nicole Kidman Reportedly Joins 'Genius' With Michael Fassbender & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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Grace Of Monaco
It's been nearly two years since we've heard anything about "Genius," so we'll bring you back up to speed. The long-developing project has moved in fits and starts over the years, but in 2012 got a boost when Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender signed up for the lead roles, with promises of production starting in early 2014. Well, we're in early 2014 and it looks like the wheels on this one are turning again, with another big star apparently joining.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actress Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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Premature Predictions: Actresses, 2015
You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

Watch: New Trailer & Over 50 Images From Cannes Opener 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 8:52 AM
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Grace Of Monaco
Most films headed to the Cannes Film Festival keep their cards close to the chest, revealing as little as possible before making their grand premiere on the Croisette. Not so with "Grace Of Monaco." Olivier Dahan's upcoming drama overcame a rumored clash with Harvey Weinstein to land the opening slot at Cannes in May. And now a three-minute trailer and over fifty new images have dropped to show off the goods that Dahan and Weinstein are bringing to France in just a couple of months.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Colin Firth/Nicole Kidman Drama ‘The Railway Man’ Plus New Clip

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 10, 2014 9:37 AM
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The Railway Man
We’ve seen Colin Firth overcome a stutter, win an Oscar, and launch England’s involvement in WWII with “The Kings Speech," but in the actor’s first historical drama since, we witness the other side—the severe emotional trauma present in many soldiers afterwards. “The Railway Man” pairs Firth in that situation with the possibility of revenge, and after several international trailers we’ve got the first stateside look at the Jonathan Teplitzky-directed drama’s treatment of such.

Watch: Nicole Kidman & Colin Firth Meet Cute In Clip From 'The Railway Man' Plus New Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2013 5:32 PM
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In an era when Richard Branson is ready to shoot people into space, we will say this about the old fashioned railroad: it's still pretty romantic. The countryside whipping by, the sound of the tracks, the recycled air....okay, maybe not everything about the experience will make hearts flutter but it's easy to see why Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth share an instant bond in "The Railway Man."

Watch: U.K. Trailer For ‘The Railway Man’ Starring Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 6, 2013 2:10 PM
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"It was 1984 and I saw [Jim Jarmusch's] 'Stranger Than Paradise' and [Andrei Tarkovsky's] 'The Sacrifice' in 24 hours, and they both left such an impression on me," Jonathan Teplitzky, the director of "The Railway Man" starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, recently said in an indie directors round-table chat with THR. " 'Stranger Than Paradise' showed how [feasible] it was to make a film, so simply and so distinctively. And with 'The Sacrifice,' it can be about anything. It can be about what you dream, what you think." For interested cinephiles, those are some choice films to reference, which makes "The Railway Man" potentially an intriguing film beyond just the star-studded cast that also includes Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgård and Hiroyuki Sanada.

Survival Is The New Black? Nicole Kidman Joins Drama About Kids Lost In The Australian Outback

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 21, 2013 9:00 AM
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Actress Nicole Kidman has the luxury of a strategist's approach to her film career, laying out several projects at any one time to consider the most appealing move. Going from the gonzo melodrama of “Stoker” to the regal beauty coming soon in “Queen of Monaco,” she's certainly after a great deal of variety lately, but seeing the recent slate of white-knuckle thrillers including “Captain Philips,” “Gravity,” and “All Is Lost” hit the screen, it seems for her next film she's looking to step into similarly distressing waters.

Nicole Kidman Is 'The Silent Wife'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 8:23 PM
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Smart actors make sure they always have a few irons in the fire at any time, and of the best at selecting projects and letting them marinate is Nicole Kidman. We're not going to list the variety of stuff she's signed up for, but it's not because she likes the way her signature looks on a piece of paper, that she keeps many options at her disposal. It's just the kind of smart move that allows you to put the best foot forward whenever possible.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 8:01 AM
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While certain Oscar prognosticators have already called the awards season race over and given all the awards to "12 Years A Slave," there is still months to go and lots of pictures to come into play, and one that has been behind the curtain thus far is "Grace Of Monaco." Skipping the fall festival circuit, the latest effort from "La Vie En Rose" helmer Olivier Dahan tackles another historic figure, this time from the movie world, although in tale that has little to do with the action on set. And now we have our first look.

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