Articles tagged martin scorsese, shutter island, leonardo dicaprio, ben kingsley, michelle williams, patricia clarkson, emily mortimer, mark ruffalo, jackie earle hal

DiCaprio Only Reason ‘Lies’ Succeeds

Ridley Scott used to make daring, original movies. No matter the subject matter - outer space alien invasion, magical sword and sorcery adventure, revisionist Roman

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TORONTO—If instead of “Blindness,” you called the new film by Fernando Meirelles “Illness,” you might be telling the life story of actor Mark Ruffalo.

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2 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM


If its political metaphor is plain, the aesthetic allusions are more intriguing, as Blindness works to show what can't be shown, to find a visual language for what's not visual.

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2 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

In the Land of the Blind

Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness fails because the source material doesn’t easily lend itself to cinema, and because the filmmaker is clearly out of his depth.

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Fable Feels ‘Blind’ to its Own Illogic

Before Star Wars, serious science fiction survived on the allegorical. Take a typical situation, instill it with some sort of out of this world premise,

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23 Sep 2008 // 9:59 PM

Married Life

Moving slowly and accompanied by a hushed Pierce Brosnan narration, the movie is buttoned-up to a fault, never closer than tongue-near-cheek.

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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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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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8 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

I’m Not There, and Neither Are You

The Bob Dylan film, I’m Not There, shows that the main puzzle behind pop music’s most enigmatic personality resides right here, within us all.

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‘Transsiberian’ Serves Up Old School Suspense

The little lie begins the deceit. Soon, the lack of truth clouds everything - from love to legality. Within days, loyalties which once seemed firm

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10 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Shine a Light

Rarely do movies change my mind about anything, rarer still about rock 'n' roll, but Shine A Light did just that.

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5 Aug 2008 // 3:06 AM

MOSCOW - Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio could take on the role of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in a new black comedy, a Russian screenwriter

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31 Jul 2008 // 9:03 PM

The Wackness (2008)

For filmmakers, nostalgia is a double edged sword. Pick the right era, and audiences are with you and your cinematic wistfulness. Dress things up in

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18 Jul 2008 // 1:00 AM


Transsiberian makes provocative connections between external and internal states, the ways that composition can reveal character.

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14 Jul 2008 // 1:48 AM

China’s Stolen Children

For his remarkable documentary, filmmaker Jezza Neumann spent three and half months posing as a tourist in order to obtain undercover footage of victims, traffickers, and buyers.

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3 Jul 2008 // 2:00 AM

The Wackness

The Wackness is a too familiar nostalgic movie, with period soundtrack, hot summer nights, and boys coming of age.

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20 Jun 2008 // 1:00 AM

The Love Guru

Both frantic and tedious, The Love Guru piles on the slapdash offenses.

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18 Jun 2008 // 9:00 PM


It stands as one of the most unusual, and blinkered, boycotts ever. For the last few months, self-proclaimed Indo-American leader Rajan Zed has been waging

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9 May 2008 // 3:00 AM


In Redbelt, as ever in David Mamet's universe, the fight is the issue.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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