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Watch: 30-Minute Documentary On 'Forrest Gump' As Film Gets IMAX Re-Release This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 12:23 PM
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Forrest Gump
Nominated for 13 Oscars, and winning 6 (including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay), and earning over $670 million worldwide, it's been twenty years since Tom Hanks stepped through American history in "Forrest Gump," and warmed the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. And while a certain backlash has developed against the movie, for this writer's worth, it's still a premium slice of cheese that often's really well acted, and even at its most overwrought, always has its heart in the right place. And now you can experience it all over again on the big screen.

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 8, 2014 7:03 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Jamie Foxx
As far as superhero reboots go, "room for improvement" was probably the best way to sum up 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man." Certainly financially, the film made a very healthy $750 million worldwide, but that's still less than any of the three Sam Raimi films that preceded it. And creatively, the film had some strong building blocks—an increased emphasis on romance, a hugely appealing central pairing in Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (plus support from ringers like Sally Field and Martin Sheen), a bright sense of humor, a fresh-ish take on the characters—but a patchy script, disappointing action and lackluster villain meant that there was plenty of opportunity for a sequel to prove itself worth of the title "amazing."

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Supporting Actress Nominees

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  • February 14, 2013 2:58 PM
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Yesterday, we began our coverage counting down to the 85th Academy Awards next Sunday, by taking a look at some of the best early performances of the Best Supporting Actor nominees. So today, the only natural place to go was across the gender divide, to the Best Supporting Actress contenders. And as with their male counterparts, it's a mostly established bunch of names.

Watch: Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain & Sally Field In 'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Special Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 8:56 AM
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While the Academy would never let Zach Galifianakis host the Oscars as the alter-ego from his talk show "Between Two Ferns," we'd be for it. Both clueless and insulting, and usually pretty damn funny, he's nicely taken some of the stuffing out the awards season campaign. In case you missed it, yesterday he sat down with nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway in a segment both amusing and strange, and now part two has dropped.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Picture & Best Director To Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

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  • December 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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This morning saw the New York Film Critic's Circle fumble all day with Twitter, but finally announce their awards for 2012's best, marking the first critics' group to bestow their honors. Sometimes bucking against the tide ("The Accidental Tourist" and "Far From Heaven" are among past Best Feature winners), sometimes proving good precursors to the Academy (they matched Best Picture, Director, Actress and Foreign Language feature last year), it's generally deemed to be the first major precursor of awards season.

Take A Break From The Exit Polls And Watch 3 Clips From Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 7:31 PM
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In a few hours we'll know who the next President of the United States will be, but until then, every network and social media outlet will be buzzing with endless chatter about electoral votes, and examining the how the results have changed as each one comes in. Pundits will be getting in their last observations before they are boxed up and brought out again four years from now, while anchors and analysts will tell the story of the election from every angle possible. Need a break? Well, Steven Spielberg has a treat for you.

Spielberg Says Getting Daniel Day-Lewis To Say Yes To 'Lincoln’ Was Tough; Sally Field Says DDL Texted Her In Character

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 25, 2012 3:25 PM
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Much like Obama and Romney, Steven Spielberg’s out on the campaign trail for his upcoming historical drama/political procedural “Lincoln” (including a visible stop on "60 Minutes"). And perhaps illustrating how the film isn’t the easiest sell for audiences that may not want a history lesson this fall, even the usually press-reluctant and shy Daniel Day-Lewis is out on the stump for the movie with him.

NYFF Impressions: Steven Spielberg Unveils His 'Lincoln' History Lesson In Surprise Screening

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:42 PM
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Characterized by refreshing restraint, its passionate convictions and patience, if Steven Spielberg’s worst tendencies are his propensity for the sentimental and overwrought (as evinced recently in much of “War Horse”), his latest, “Lincoln,” thankfully possesses almost none of those unfortunate traits. However, as a two hour procedural about the ratification of an amendment in the House Of Representatives (does anything sound more appealing as a premise to you?), "Lincoln" is also not exactly the most engaging nor well-paced picture either.

'The Amazing Spider-Man': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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  • July 6, 2012 12:26 PM
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Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man," the second of this summer's three massive superhero movies, is now in theaters. And while so far it's performing behind "Spider-Man 3," the film's doing reasonably well (expected to haul in somewhere in the neighborhood of $130 million by Sunday) given the lack of enthusiasm from hardcore fans, and the widespread dislike of the final Sam Raimi film, which in part helped to push things toward a blank slate again. And reviews have been pretty severely divided, with some hailing it as one of best examples of the comic book genre to date, and others loathing every frame of it.

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Is A Good Teen Romance Struggling To Escape A Mediocre Superhero Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 3:34 PM
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We're likely reaching something of a tipping point with the superhero movies. The first wave is ending: "X-Men" has already been reinvented, Superman is getting his second relaunch in a decade, "The Hulk" has already had its third iteration, and Christopher Nolan's Batman-trilogy, which more than anything else brought a new level of respectability to the genre, is coming to a close. We're entering the second phase of the modern superhero movie era, and it's leading to some interesting possibilities. So far, these films have essentially been a genre in and of themselves, but as new filmmakers inevitably try out fresh ideas within its confines, we're likely to see other styles brought into the mix.

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