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    SFIFF58: Week 2 in Review

    Love & Mercy Written by Oren Moverman & Michael A. Lerner Directed by Bill Pohlad USA, 2015 Based on the life of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy depicts the singer’s descent into mental illness at the peak of the band’s popularity in the 1960s, while in the 1980s a chance meeting with […] More

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    Ian McKellen is ‘Mr. Holmes’ in new trailer

    The revisionist stories of Sherlock Holmes never seem to end, whether it’s Guy Ritchie turning Holmes into a fast-talking British thug or Benedict Cumberbatch turning him into a modern day hero. This latest version however from Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey) seems to take all that myth-making and bring the beloved character down to Earth. Mr. […] More

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    Hugh Jackman is P.T. Barnum in new original musical

    Step right up and see the greatest wonders of the world! Like a man with iron claws growing out of his hands! Or a multi-talented Australian actor who can sing, dance and kick your ass! Hugh Jackman is about to become The Greatest Showman on Earth by starring as P.T. Barnum in a new, original […] More

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    The Definitive Movie Musicals: 40-31

    Part of the list provides a few Best Picture nominees, a number of Oscar winners, and a childhood favorite that still pops up now and again. In reality, this list could be half-full of music documentaries, but for that reason, I stayed away from them. Plus, I did my best to include only films that […] More

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    ‘The Fifth Estate’ a well-acted, but muddled faux-‘Social Network’ biopic/thriller

    “Most good stories start at the beginning,” intones a journalist during The Fifth Estate, a bold statement to make in a film that starts very near the end. The story of how WikiLeaks, and its enigmatic Australian founder Julian Assange, rose to worldwide prominence and notoriety over the last 5 years, is not without merit, but this adaptation fails to reach the same height of earned importance. More