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Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Film fails to bring the dystopian novel to life

As The Giver opens, the viewer is immersed
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Touching Teen Tearjerker

Adapted from the popular young adult novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars depicts the struggles of
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The hip-hop genre is notoriously fickle. Despite this, the seminal alternative rap group, A Tribe Called Quest, has sustained popularity for over two decades. Making such longevity particularly surprising...
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Tom McCarthy Explores Human Condition

As a screenwriter/director, Tom McCarthy demonstrates a penchant for oddball...
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Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

Danny Boyle's Dilemma

If the last movie that you directed won the Academy Award, what would you do as a follow up? This was the conundrum confronting Danny Boyle. His acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire had dominated the Oscars with eight trophies, including the coveted best film category. Of course, there is an inherent temptation to recapture Oscar glory by revisiting similar subject material...
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Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

Amy Ryan shines in Hoffman's directorial debut

To lend verisimilitude to the film, the makers of Gone Baby Gone cast many non-actors in supporting roles. So it would have been understandable if you didn’t recognize Amy Ryan as the mother whose daughter had been kidnapped. You might have sworn that they had trolled the streets of Boston to find...
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Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
Will Precious be this year’s Slumdog Millionaire and sweep the Academy Awards? It’s a daunting challenge indeed. However, both films came out of nowhere and were greeted with an enthusiastic response on the festival circuit. Precious won the Audience...
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Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

Golden Globe winner Ready for the Oscars?

For years, Scott Cooper plugged away in Hollywood as an actor. Stardom eluded him. Now, he has created quite a splash as the screenwriter and director of the critically acclaimed Crazy Heart. The film chronicles Bad Blake, a down-and-out country singer/songwriter. Once a rising force, he’s become encumbered with numerous ex-wives and a serious drinking problem...

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