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Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 1, 2012 2:56 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long-winded as it progresses, eventually clocking in at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling, terrifying opening, plus many of the potent, moving elements that a conventional but admirable morality drama might boast, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic, strained last act.

Drink Up: 5 Movies About Alcoholism

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 1, 2012 11:00 AM
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“Flight” is as strong as it is because it never pulls punches when it comes to portraying the dark side of protagonist Whip Whitaker’s (Denzel Washington) alcoholism. Whip’s character arc is as moving as it is because he’s surrounded by people that don’t know how to help him and people that want to hide him away so he can’t further embarrass them. Addiction is presented as an individual’s choice, albeit one that is incredibly hard to stop making, and “Flight” is just the latest in a line of humane and unsentimental dramas about alcoholics. From the horrors of finding one more drink in “The Lost Weekend” to the bitterly funny skid row life depicted in both “Barfly” and “Factotum,” this list is dedicated to films that neither baby their audience nor judge their protagonists too harshly. So before you see “Flight,” check out these five superior alcoholism dramas.

Savannah Fest: John Goodman & John Gatins Talk 'Flight,' The Creative Process With Denzel Washington & Robert Zemeckis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 5:56 PM
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While cities like Toronto, Venice, Telluride, New York and London tend to get the most shine when it comes to the festival season, down in Georgia, the fifteen years young Savannah Film Festival is continuing to build into an enticing spot on the fall calendar. And this year they have rolled out an impressive list of screenings and guests. The Playlist spent the weekend at the still-ongoing festival, which opened with "Silver Linings Playbook" and was followed the next evening by "Flight," with star John Goodman and writer John Gatins in attendance. They were honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award and Spotlight Award respectively prior to the highly buzzed screening, and afterward we sat down with each of them to quickly chat about the movie.

15 New Images of Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly & Don Cheadle In 'Flight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 5:36 PM
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With five Oscar nominations and two wins, it's safe to say that Denzel Washington is well resepcted by his peers. And with the first batch of reviews for "Flight" mostly giving the picture a thumbs up, Washington could find himself back at the Dolby Theater in just a few months.

Watch: New Clips From 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 22, 2012 11:43 AM
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This morning we have a pair of clips from two wildly different films: an Oscar contender dealing with addiction and a film from a tween-friendly studio. Check them both out below.

NYFF: Robert Zemeckis And Cast Discuss The Making Of 'Flight'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 14, 2012 3:25 PM
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In "Flight," Robert Zemeckis makes a return to the world of live-action filmmaking with the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a pilot who performs a heroic task in engaging in risky aerial manuevers to save a crashing plane. But the morality is not that simple, as Whitaker saves one hundred lives while inebriated. However, misconception has dogged the project since its inception, and screenwriter John Gatins was on hand during the New York Film Festival screening to clarify that the story is not based on the 2009 crash where a plane was preserved by controversial pilot Chealsey "Sully" Sullenberger.

NYFF Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion-capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long winded as it progresses, clocking in just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling and terrifying opening, plus potent and moving elements of a conventional but admirable morality drama, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic and strained last act.

Fall Movie Pros & Cons: Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 9, 2012 4:23 PM
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Over the next couple of weeks, we're casting an eye on the unknown quantities of the fall season; the films which haven't yet been unveiled at festivals, and are set to big news in multiplexes between now and the end of 2012. From what we know about them already, do they have the potential to be masterpieces, or disappointments? After starting off with a peek at Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with the verdict on the film following soon after, we're with another NYFF film from a legendary director.

Denzel Does Double Duty In U.S. & U.K. Posters For 'Flight'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 3, 2012 4:36 PM
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Somewhat lost in the weeds of motion capture and CGI (unless you were a huge fan of "A Christmas Carol," or "Beowulf"), Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" is his long-awaited (at least in some circles) return to live action filmmaking. It's been twelve years since 2000, the year he had a two-fer with "What Lies Beneath" and the somewhat underrated "Castaway" (not underrated in Academy circles, undervalued by film snobs). But now his latest is set to be unveiled, and we'll soon see if he's still got that magic.

Exclusive: New York Film Festival 50th Anniversary Trailer Highlights An Exciting 2012 Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 1:16 PM
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2012 seems to be the golden year for some pretty big institutions with both James Bond and The Rolling Stones celebrating five decades of making history. But this week also marks another big occasion as the New York Film Festival rings in its 50th anniversary, with this year's slate of movies possibly being their biggest yet. And with the festival kicking off tomorrow, we've got an exclusive trailer that serves as a fantastic highlight of what's to come over the next few weeks.

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