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The Torture in Zero Dark Thirty – Can We Handle the Truth?

The Torture in Zero Dark Thirty – Can We Handle the Truth?

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Possible spoilers but …I mean, come on. By now? The truth of the film #1: Zero Dark Thirty is a film about a CIA op whose job it is to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. To do that, she uses every available resource. Research, clues, surveillance, observation and torture. Torture is part of their program in the early part of the film. They torture several suspects. The first guy…

Zero Dark Thirty and Torture Debate Rages Onward

Zero Dark Thirty and Torture Debate Rages Onward

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The critics have come out in force protecting Kathryn Bigelow and the best reviewed film of the year and critics award winner, Zero Dark Thirty, from accusations that it apologizes for and/or condones torture as one of the methods in truth seeking.  Glenn Kenny has written an eloquent defense of the film as art rather than history,  (“I see it entirely as a fiction”), and a chorus of defenses have followed….

Zero Dark Thirty Wins Chicago

Zero Dark Thirty Wins Chicago

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Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty (last year: Tree of Life) Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty (last year: Terrence Malick, Tree of Life) Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn) Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (last year: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter) Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master (last year: Albert Brooks, Drive) Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master (last year: Jessica Chastain, Tree…

New Zero Dark Thirty Trailer

New Zero Dark Thirty Trailer

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This movie is so damned good in an Oscar year of so many good ones.

Picture of the Day: Chastain

Picture of the Day: Chastain

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Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

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Buzz is a funny thing. Just because Oscar pundits think they know the buzz before the buzz starts, there’s no mistaking it once it gets here. Right now, the movie that has all of the buzz is Zero Dark Thirty, right behind it is Lincoln. Both films won three awards at the New York Film critics today. Steven Spielberg has never won the New York Film Critics award, not for…

Best Picture, Best Director, How Often do they Repeat?

Best Picture, Best Director, How Often do they Repeat?

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The new Gurus of Gold just went up. Lincoln still tops, with Spielberg for director. Just behind Spielberg, though, is Ben Affleck, followed by Tom Hooper, David O. Russell and Kathryn Bigelow. Only Affleck and Russell haven’t won before. Les Miserables is at the number 2 spot. This is the opposite of Gold Derby currently, which has Les Miz to sweep. The question keeps coming up as to whether it’s too…

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

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Kathryn Bigelow, doing the best work of her career at 61.

Fired up! Jessica Chastain in a clip from Zero Dark Thirty

Fired up! Jessica Chastain in a clip from Zero Dark Thirty

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Zero Dark Thirty TV Spot

Zero Dark Thirty TV Spot

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