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    ‘The Counselor’ a Cormac McCarthy tale of venality and death through and through, save one bit of miscasting

    In his later years, the novelist Cormac McCarthy has circled like a vulture around the theme of death, specifically its inevitable grip on humanity. No Country for Old Men and The Road presented very different worlds, both filled with men trying desperately to withstand the inexorable hand of the reaper, and eventually realizing that there wasn’t much left but to give into what comes for us all. Such an existential fear is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the foundation of McCarthy’s newest foray, his screenplay for the crime thriller The Counselor. Its director is the prolific Ridley Scott, and its cast is impressively stacked, but this is a McCarthy story through and through, which is mostly heartening news. More

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    Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 2000s

    Villains are an essential part of genre cinema.  Though scores of filmmakers have attempted to create truly great villains throughout the history of film, only a few have succeeded in achieving this difficult goal. This article will take a look at the great film villains of the 2000’s. The criteria for this article is the […] More

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    BAFTAs 2013: Who is going to win? – part 2

    Now that we are nearing the big awards of the season, it is time to revisit the nominations and predictions for the 2013 BAFTAs.  Part 2 will cover the following categories: (see part one here) Best Film Best British Film Leading Actor Leading Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Director The EE BAFTA […] More

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    TIFF 2012: ‘To the Wonder’ is more of the same if still agreeably challenging

    To the Wonder Written by Terrence Malick Directed by Terrence Malick USA, 2012 As a discernibly spiritual companion piece to The Tree of Life, many with either be pleased or displeased to know that To the Wonder, Terrence Malick’s latest, fits the bill perfectly. Remaining lofty even by the reclusive auteur’s standards, what stands before […] More

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    Trailer: James Bond Returns in ‘Skyfall’

    Bond (Daniel Craig) is back indeed, this time returning in Sam Mendes’ (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) Skyfall. The film follows Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench), as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Javier Bardem […] More

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    Javier Bardem Takes on Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ Saga

    It’s been quite a long time since one of Stephen King’s works created so much buzz. That could be attributed to the grand scale of his latest on screen project which was announced last year in collaboration with Ron Howard. The duo plan to bring King’s sprawling eight book Dark Tower series to the big […] More

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    FNC 2010: Biutiful = Three Bad Movies for the Price of One

    ——– Biutiful Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Ornately, elaborately disastrous, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first venture following the schism that separated him from longtime screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, Biutiful, can’t be faulted for its lack of ambition. While the film scales back somewhat from Arriaga’s tendency to tie together a half-dozen or so disparate characters, Biutiful somehow […] More

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