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    Brie Larson is trying to get out in new trailer for ‘Room’

    Brie Larson with another Oscar worthy performance? Following her spell-bounding work in Short Term 12, it seems like Larson could be giving yet another award-worthy performance in the new trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, which just played at Telluride. The film also stars Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy. Coming from a […] More

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    ‘Trainwreck’ is a fantastic film debut for Amy Schumer

    Amy Schumer already cemented her place on my year’s favorite entertainment list when she managed to loosely remake 12 Angry Men for the fourth episode of Inside Amy Schumer, but not satisfied with owning television, Schumer decides to revive the romantic comedy for 2015. Lazy writing has cursed the genre for much of the last few decades and studios have responded in kind by not pursuing that market with the gusto they used to. More

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    ‘The Gambler’ nails the look, but misses the feel of the original

    Usually the first thing added to a film when it is remade is glitz. American films from the 1970s had their own distinct, philosophical quality to them, something that inevitably gets lost in translation when the material is put to screen again by a new team of filmmakers. Still, the one thing I didn’t anticipate while watching screenwriter William Monahan and star Mark Wahlberg tackle The Gambler was a lack of visceral thrills. Director Rupert Wyatt’s film nails the look of 1974’s The Gambler, but it lacks the feel of the original. More

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    Red band teaser for Rupert Wyatt’s ‘The Gambler’ remake, starring Mark Wahlberg

    Director Rupert Wyatt’s long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is The Gambler, written by William Monahan (The Departed) and based on the 1974 James Toback-scripted film of the same name. Taking on the original’s James Caan part is Mark Wahlberg, playing a literature professor who runs afoul of gangsters thanks […] More

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    Ebertfest 2014: Day Two examines loss and the arts

    Day Two of Ebertfest began early (9 am), with a discussion panel titled “Challenging Stigma Through The Arts”, which focused on Short Term 12 and its depiction of struggling teens. The panelists, a combination of artists, critics, and social work professionals, explored the connection between trauma, expression, and the arts, as well as the progression […] More

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    10 Things to Know About Don Jon

    After screening at both Sundance and South by Southwest, this weekend sees Don Jon hitting theaters. It is a well-crafted and confident debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt who stars, directs, and writes. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Tony Danza; it follows a man and his addictions as they bleed into various parts of […] More

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    ‘Short Term 12’ is a work of winning sincerity

    The most difficult part of making a movie about troubled teenagers is authenticity. With inferior films of this type, either the teenagers won’t seem particularly troubled, or the adults’ attempts to help them will seem insincere and ineffective. Destin Daniel Cretton’s new effort Short Term 12 developed sizable buzz at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year as a film which evades those traps and provides a convincing vision inside a group home. Sundance buzz is not always justified, but in this case the film more than exceeds whatever the Colorado audiences might have said about it. More

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