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Early Prospects for Best Actress

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The race for Best Actress has not yet gotten started but looking over the year’s slate, finding five nominees should be easier than it’s been in a while. It already looks like a competitive season, with most of the big performances yet to be seen.  Already, Rooney Mara in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Julie Delpy in Before Midnight and Berenice Bejo in The Past have made an impression, but the…

Side Effects UK Trailer

Side Effects UK Trailer

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Another incarnation for Mara, and a lead role for a woman – the rarest thing in mainstream film now.

Rooney Mara Talks Soderbergh’s Side Effects in Vogue Interview

Rooney Mara Talks Soderbergh’s Side Effects in Vogue Interview

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Rooney Mara covers Vogue with Garbo-like allure and inside some tidbits about Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, which will hit the Berlin Film Fest (Feb 7-17), it’s just been announced. In Side Effects, Mara takes on the role of the wife of a hapless insider trader, played by Channing Tatum. When he is released from prison, brimming with plans to rebuild their once-golden life together, Mara’s character descends into bleak depression,…

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Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo: What it Feels Like for a Girl

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Men Who Hate Women. That’s what Stieg Larsson called his book, which then became The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To know this story is to know Larsson. If you forget about him, the key to this story is lost. The story is about men who hate women and the women who fight back. Larsson was a bit of a hero in this and other battles he personally fought throughout…

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Trouble in Mind – Diving Down Deep with Best Actress

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  Three of the year’s strongest female performances threaten convention, the one that says females are usually cast as supporting, loving, noble characters who give of themselves in the service of the male lead.  It’s not always the case, especially not so in the Best Actress race; what better way to get attention from Oscar voters than to go dark. But in a year of such uplifting, feelgood films with…

Ferocious Rooney Mara heats up the Best Actress race

Ferocious Rooney Mara heats up the Best Actress race

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Rooney Mara has got me by the balls. She’s tasered me, straddled my face, and inked her embodiment of Lisbeth Salander into my head.  Unlike the scumbag recipient of her vengeance in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I’m honored that she’s left her mark on me.  I’m tagged and branded as a fiend for this film, and I don’t care who knows it,  Rooney Mara is the Lisbeth I…

Dragon Tattoo Review from Confessions of a Female Filmmaker

Dragon Tattoo Review from Confessions of a Female Filmmaker

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  Here is something you don’t come across every day.  As we head into an Oscar season that is mostly going to be, once again, about white male protagonists it was refreshing to come across this site, Confessions of a Female Filmmaker and her review of The Dragon Tattoo.  Nicole Davis is a 23 year old filmmaker who has wanted to be a director since she was 13.  Here’s to…

“Critical Consensus” takes on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

“Critical Consensus” takes on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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IndieWire’s bi-weekly feature “Critical Consensus” asks EW’s Owen Gleiberman and Elle magazine’s Karen Durbin about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the culture of Top 10 lists. It’s a great discussion, worth your time to read to to bottom. (We’ll let this post serve as an open thread to share your own reactions to TGWTDT, for those who see it today.) Here’s Gleiberman comparing Fincher’s adaptation to the original,…

Streep, Close, Williams, Swinton, Theron, Mara and … Davis

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Jeff Wells has gone to bat for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady: You can dribble the Viola Davis basketball all over the court and shoot swish shots to your heart’s content, but that won’t change the fact that Meryl Streep’s freakishly dead-on performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (Weinstein, 12.30) seems like a much more likely winner of the Best Actress Oscar right now. As far as…

Oscarwatch: For Your Consideration

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Why does it seem like the beginning of October is already too late to push through an Oscar contender?  If you’re a big star in a big movie you’re already on the radar of those who write about Oscar buzz, a thing that increasingly has no there to it.  But if you’ve just given the performance of your life in a movie nobody has seen how does your publicist get…