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Review: 'Get On Up' Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 30, 2014 2:18 PM
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Get On Up
“You cats ready?” Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown asks the audience, breaking through the fourth wall, early in “Get On Up.” It takes a lot of confidence for a character (and a filmmaker) to take this direct approach. The asides to the camera would feel forced if the biopic were covering almost anyone other than the Godfather of Soul, but it works well in this film.

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.

TIFF Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her' Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • September 10, 2013 10:55 AM
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The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Him & Her Jessica Chastain
You’d think that with all the sappy romantic comedies that exist, "When Harry Met Sally" and Richard Linklater’s 'Before...' series (just to name the most beloved), that relationship films have run their course and said all they’ve got to say. But then this year the Palme D’Or was awarded to a film that deals with the evolution of a single relationship in a potent and tender way, and while many talked about the importance of the film in terms of sexual politics, this reviewer looked at "Blue is the Warmest Color" more as a remarkably well made relationship film. Now it has some serious competition.

Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer Eyed To Reteam With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor For James Brown Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 1:32 PM
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The last time Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer worked with Tate Taylor, in the director's 2011 hit "The Help," they both earned Oscar nominations, with the latter taking home the trophy to put on her mantle. So is it any surprise, that they may jump at the opportunity to work with the filmmaker again?

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

Viola Davis Goes Cyber With Michael Mann & Chris Hemsworth

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 22, 2013 2:41 PM
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Michael Mann has never been the most prolific filmmaker, but it’s rare during the course of his career that he’s taken any more than three years between films. We assume that it is largely down to the ill-fated HBO show “Luck” that Mann hasn’t had a film in cinemas since “Public Enemies” in 2009, but it looks like we won’t be waiting too much longer with his currently untitled cyber theft thriller set to go in front of cameras in China next month.

Review: 'Beautiful Creatures' A Stylish Southern Gothic Riff On 'Twilight' That Gets Tangled In Its Own Mythology

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 13, 2013 11:20 AM
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Just as the "Harry Potter" franchise begat a number of costly imitators that failed to catch on (just think: "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "Cirque du Freak"), so too will the unstoppable "Twilight" franchise breed countless would-be successors, each with some kind of otherworldly overtones and always with star-crossed lovers that defy the odds to be together (hello, "I Am Number Four"). Earlier this month we had zombies-in-love lark "Warm Bodies" and now we get "Beautiful Creatures," which transplants the Pacific Northwest setting of "Twilight" for the earthy Deep South and swaps that series' emphasis on vampires and werewolves for some much-needed attention to witches. Also, it's the kind of movie that heavily features not only Civil War flashbacks but also modern day kids participating in Civil War battlefield recreations. I do declare!

Viola Davis Visits 'Prisoners' & Imogen Poots Is 'Dating' Zac Efron

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 5:29 PM
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Three actresses we dig a lot have all come on board a small handful of projects, so let's just dive right in...

Viola Davis, Bill Hader, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert & More Join 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 16, 2012 10:24 AM
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Slowly shaping up to be one of the more unique productions this year, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” has gradually acquired a talented cast fit for its two-film premise -- that of a troubled marriage told, in each installment, from the husband and the wife's perspective. A few weeks back Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy were locked in as the couple, and now a slew of new names have come up just as the film heads into shooting.

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