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Biblical Dud

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014

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  There’s a reason why so many historical and biblical epics rely on actors’ speaking the King’s English, and to know why, try sitting through Exodus: Gods and Kings, where they don’t. Ridley Scott’s latest period ...

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Chutzpah

by Shawn Stone December 19, 2013

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  American Hustle is a twisty story of corruption and redemption. It’s a con inside a con; a duplicitous provocation that simultaneously fools the characters in the film and the audience in the theater. Most of ...

Hard Times

by Ann Morrow December 12, 2013

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  Out of the Furnace is titled after the historical novel Out of This Furnace, about steelworkers in Braddock, Pa., and the film undoubtedly gets its corrosive authenticity from that work. Yet the belching steel mills ...

The Final Crusade

by Ann Morrow July 25, 2012

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Something quietly hellish is going on up in the sky: Aboard a plane manned by terrorists holding a hostage, the tables are being turned on the terrorists by an even more sinister organization. Its leader ...

Punk Drunk Love

by John Rodat January 5, 2011

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The names attached, however briefly, to The Fighter, preproduction, indicate that it was always intended to be a big film. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were in the running for the part that ultimately went ...