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All the Better for All the Fassbending Going on: ‘X-Men: First Class’

With so many characters shoved in, it's no surprise that only a select few have any emotional lift. That said, the ones that do -- especially the ones played by Michael Fassbender -- prove to be powerfully intriguing.

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15 Mar 2011 // 5:19 AM

SXSW Film Festival Day 2: ‘Super’ and ‘Being Elmo’

If Super was on your radar, then it’s probably safe to say you are in the four percent that it was made for. And you will more than likely have yourself a grand ol’ time.

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20 Feb 2009 // 5:14 AM

Taking Chance

You don't see Chance Phelps die in Taking Chance. You do see how his body becomes meaningful for many others.

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Oscars ignore ‘The Dark Knight,’ except for Ledger nomination

It was a dark day for “The Dark Knight” as the 81st annual Oscar nominations, announced Thursday, snubbed the most popular film since “Titanic.” Christopher

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15 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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13 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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8 Jan 2009 // 5:02 AM

In battle of stage vs. screen, the play wins

As movie adaptations of stage plays go, the recently released “Frost/Nixon” and “Doubt” are among the best of recent vintage, not least because the

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‘Frost/Nixon’ Feigns Actual History Well

Those of us who lived through it will never forget how it unraveled before our unbelieving eyes. As each new day brought another revelation, as

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15 Dec 2008 // 4:56 AM

From stage to screen, Nixon’s the one for Frank Langella

“I really did think it was going to be seven weeks, in and out,” says Frank Langella, recalling his decision, in early 2006, to star as

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11 Dec 2008 // 6:06 AM

Fast chat with ‘Frost/Nixon’ co-star Michael Sheen

Movie-star math: Michael Sheen is to the Martin Sheen acting family as Adam Baldwin is to the Alec Baldwin acting family - no relation. The

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Tricky shtick: Nixon film portrayals are irresistible to actors, but essence is elusive

Richard M. Nixon adored the movies. He walked out of “West Side Story,” which he dismissed as “propaganda,” but he revered John Ford, kept up

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5 Dec 2008 // 5:55 AM

Frost/Nixon

No matter Frost/Nixon's efforts to revise it, history will never be the same.

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Frost/Nixon: An Interview with a Vampire

Frank Langella seethes and pulsates with cunning as the deposed president in 'Frost/Nixon', a far cry from the grinning cowboy executive Josh Brolin presented in 'W'.

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3 Dec 2008 // 3:25 AM

Frost/Nixon Stills and Trailer

FROST/NIXONRelease: 5 December and 12 December (limited) and 25 December (wide) Director: Ron Howard Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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6 Sep 2007 // 12:53 AM

The Movie Masochist: The movie that bled to death

Skilled cinematographers have all sorts of tricks to affect the way movies look - they can create hyper-real, color-saturated images that look more intense than

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Kevin Bacon adds a degree with ‘nerd’ hero of ‘Death Sentence’

LOS ANGELES—It is almost impossible to sit next to Kevin Bacon in a Los Angeles hotel suite without silently playing the parlor game “The

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31 Aug 2007 // 3:42 AM

Death Sentence

Death Sentence is smart enough about its generic limits: the violence is ragingly B, the dialogue goofy, the cops always steps behind.

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20 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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Where the Truth Lies: Unrated Theatrical Version (2005)

As the score swells, the camera reveals a body, a girl seemingly drowned, pale, grotesque, and grim. This, the title hints, is Where the Truth Lies. Except it isn't.

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