Jordan Ruimy reviews Love and Mercy


American cinema has tackled rock & roll in numerous ways over the years. Just look at the deluge of biopics that have been made in the last few decades: Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Doors, Ike & Tina and ...

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Tom Hardy x2 as Reggie and Ron Kray in Legend


UK teaser trailer. Hoping Legend is Tom Hardy’s ticket to an Oscar nomination the way Locke should have been last year. “From Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy ...

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes a beating in Southpaw

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Yesterday’s ‘Summer Preview’ discussion reminded me that we forgot to post the trailer for Southpaw a couple of weeks ago when it first dropped. In truth, I never even looked at this until late last tonight, because the only boxing movies I normally like are the ones where the guys ...

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Mr Holmes, UK trailer


It’s the first full official trailer and so here’s the full official synopsis: Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen takes on the iconic role of Detective Sherlock Holmes, one of the British literature’s most reveered characters in the forthcoming film MR HOLMES. In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to ...

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What if the Oscar frontrunners were out of the running?

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Lead Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Lead Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood These four actors have championed prizes in their respective categories from the three award shows—SAG, BAFTA, and Golden Globes—that are instrumental for a success at the ...

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Tapley Injects Some Reality into the Silliness


I think you have to be an old timer in the Oscar race to really get certain things about it. One of those things is the so-called “Norbit” myth that has its roots in Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere’s imagined “take down” campaign of Eddie Murphy during the Dreamgirls. Wells was ...

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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes


17 years ago, Bill Condon and Ian McKellen collaborated on the masterful Gods and Monsters. Carter Burwell wrote the score. Bill Condon won an Oscar for his screenplay. Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave were nominated; neither of them won. Which would have been bad enough, but the actor who took ...

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The Performances of the Year: Best Actor


You’re lucky if you’re a white male. You get to sit down each time in a movie theater and watch yet another man work through his problems, chase down his goal, implode, explode, seduce, say nothing, say everything, save the world, save humanity, paint his masterpiece, survive a POW camp, ...

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