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The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

Ophelia Lovibond, Melissa Leo & More Round Out Cast For 'A Single Shot' Starring Sam Rockwell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2012 3:25 PM
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It's been a long, strange trip for "A Single Shot." Seemingly stuck in development hell, the project had an array of names circling over the past couple of years -- Michael Fassbender, Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, James Badge Dale, Juno Temple, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church -- but began finally firming things up this week. Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs and William H. Macy (who has been attached through various incarnations) were confirmed, and now we know the rest of the folks joining them.

Review: 'The Ides Of March' Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 2:05 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Venice Film Festival

New Poster & More Images From George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2011 2:04 AM
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First Look At Supporting Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella & Evan Rachel WoodHot off the film's inclusion in the TIFF line up and the new look at Ryan Gosling, the marketing for George Clooney's upcoming political thriller "The Ides Of March" is now kicking into gear with the unveiling of a new aesthetically attractive poster and a handful of images providing first look at many of the supporting including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood.

Jake Gyllenhaal Says There's A 'Source Code' Alternate Ending We May See On The DVD & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2011 4:31 AM
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9 More Revelations From Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga & The Film's Burgeoning Action StarDuncan Jones' suspense-filled sci-fi-ish time-twister, "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright, isn't particular hard to follow, but if you haven't seen the film, you might not quite understand the conceit yet. Essentially it's like "Groundhog's Day" only set within the framework a sci-fi thriller. In the film (and all of this is taken from the official Apple trailer synopsis, so do not cry spoilers, please) decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man and he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

SXSW Review: 'Source Code' Is A Decent, But Familiar 'Groundhog Day' Meets Action, Sci-Fi Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 12, 2011 2:11 AM
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When Duncan Jones' mysterious debut feature "Moon" was released back in 2009, the Internet collectively collapsed under the weight of its own enthusiasm. Jones was heralded as a bold new visionary, someone to rescue the tired sci-fi genre from the Hollywood trappings of big-budget spectacle. And while the heaps of praise lavished on the young filmmaker and his debut film were somewhat hyperbolic, it was still clear that the dude was a fresh voice in the field and one unafraid to focus on the human elements of science fiction and genre. Of course, the question was -- what would he do next?

Viola Davis & Jeffrey Wright Join 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2011 2:23 AM
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After a superb debut a decade ago with "Billy Elliot," it looked like theatre director Stephen Daldry could become a real force in the cinema world. But while his films have undoubtedly become regular awards bait, the quality seems to slip with each picture: "The Hours" has a rich ensemble, but they're overshadowed by Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose, and the film as a whole is a little turgid, while "The Reader" is one of the worst Best Picture nominees in recent memory. Nevertheless, he's always been able to attract impressive casts, and the two new additions to his latest film are no exception.

Duncan Jones' 'Source Code' The Official Opening Film Of The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 7:55 AM
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You can smell the beer, bbq and sweat already, as in about three months, everyone in the film world will descend upon Austin for the SXSW Film Festival, and they've got a helluva opening film waiting for those who make the journey.

Max Minghella & Jeffrey Wright Join George Clooney's 'The Ides Of March'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2010 1:58 AM
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Even before "The Social Network" hit theaters, its cast was given enormous career boosts -- almost everyone involved picked up sought-after roles, from Andrew Garfield and Rooney Mara using the immense buzz on the film to land the leads in "Spider-Man" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," to this week's news that Armie Hammer would join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar."

Watch: First Trailer For Duncan Jones' Sci-Fi Action-Thriller 'Source Code'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 20, 2010 1:25 AM
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An unexpected surprise this Friday evening with the first trailer for Duncan Jones' sci-fi action-thriller "Source Code" finally being unveiled.

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