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Rex Reed Names 'To The Wonder,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Her' & 'Spring Breakers' Among Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Spring Breakers
Move over Paper Magazine critic Dennis Dermody, there's another New York critic even more cranky and contrarian, and he's been doing it for years. That's right, Melissa McCarthy's biggest fan, Rex Reed of the New York Observer, has weighed in on his worst films of 2013, and usual, he's running hard against the tide.

Box Office: 'Gravity' & 'Captain Phillips' Reign Over 'Carrie'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
In spite of being in its third weekend and with Halloween right around the corner, "Gravity" took the number one spot, with "Captain Phillips" following right behind, beating out a gang of newcomers: horror remake "Carrie," Schwarzenegger and Stallone actioner "Escape Plan," and the Julian Assange story starring Sherlock, "The Fifth Estate."

Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch Lacks Courage & Conviction

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 10:02 AM
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The Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

Watch: New Clip From 'The Fifth Estate' Plus Read Julian Assange's Full Letter To Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 10:31 AM
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The Fifth Estate
For the past few years, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have made headlines around the world for exposing the deep, dirty secrets of governments and powerful business organizations. They've forced some dark truths into the harsh light of day, and when that happens, you generally don't make a lot of friends. It was inevitable that a movie would be made about the platinum-haired man, and it's just as inevitable that he would respond.

Watch: You Are The Revolution In New Promos For 'The Fifth Estate,' Plus Posters, Soundtrack Details & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 4:46 PM
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The Fifth Estate
While earlier today we heard Benedict Cumberbatch's distinct voice frighten Bilbo in the new trailer for "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug," in a couple weeks you'll be able not only to hear his melodious tones, but see his face too (under a platinum wig) in "The Fifth Estate," a.k.a. "The WikiLeaks Network."

Watch: Lives Are At Stake In 2 Clips From 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch Plus Lots Of New Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 1:08 PM
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The Fifth Estate
With an opening slot at the Toronto International Film Festival, zeitgeist-capturing subject matter and a compelling lead character in Julian Assange, played by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, it seemed on paper that Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" was going to shake things up this fall. But now, over a week since it premiered, it's safe to say that isn't the case. Received with mostly a shrug in Toronto, as we wrote in our review, the film disappointingly never quite captures "the revolution that's still happening keystroke by keystroke on computer screens around the world."

Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2013 4:36 PM
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With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and that's fair enough -- it does feel like only yesterday that we were talking "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" and so on, but even with five months to go until the ceremony itself, over half of the film that'll be in play have been unveiled. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Oscar campaigns have been underway for weeks, if not months.

TIFF Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Brühl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 8:33 AM
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Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 3, 2013 1:03 PM
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival preview
While there might be some overlap with Venice and a little stolen thunder (at least for hardcore cinephiles) thanks to Telluride, that doesn’t make the TIFF lineup this year any less spectacular. In fact this year's slate — that runs as deep as it does long — works more than ever to make those other festivals, impressive though they may individually be, feel a little like the throat-clearings before the main event. Boasting a staggering array of splashy premieres, the latest from a barrage of auteurs and a host of indie efforts that have hitherto flown below the radar but that could surprise in a big way, it feels like the TIFF 2013 program may be their most packed ever (though we seem to say that every year). So whilst our attendees face the unenviable (but actually extremely enviable) task of working out their schedules, we've dug through the near and far corners of this embarrassment of riches to highlight the 15 films we're most anticipating from this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't an easy choice.

Will '12 Years A Slave' & Ron Howard's 'Rush' Have Surprise Screenings At Telluride?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 10:17 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Yesterday, organizers of the Telluride Film Festival surprised folks by unveiling this year's slate, a full two days before things kick off in Colorado, an interesting move considering past years has seen the lineup kept under lock and key until the last possible moment. But as always, there are a few more tricks up the sleeve of the festival. The official press release noted: "Additional Sneak Previews may play outside the main program and will be announced on the Telluride Film Festival website over the course of the five-day weekend," with rumors suggested that there might be as many as three movies dropping by unannounced. So, what could they be?

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