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    The Definitive Movies of 1995

    30. Sense and Sensibility Directed by: Ang Lee Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense […] 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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    The Hype Cycle: AFI Fest

    As the end of the year approaches, the number of question marks in the Oscar ranks continues to sink lower. This past week, Selma, American Sniper, The Gambler and A Most Violent Year all dropped at AFI Fest, leaving only movies like Unbroken (still presumed to be a front-runner in a crowded field), Exodus: Gods […] More

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    Mark Wahlberg is ‘The Gambler’ in new trailer

    Riding high off Scorsese-esque fumes and The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”, one of this year’s late-comers is Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, a remake of a James Caan crime movie from 1974 written by James Toback. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director has recruited Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson […] 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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    The Definitive War Movies: 50-41

    With Memorial Day a week ago and Independence Day fast approaching, it seemed fitting to look at the history of war films from the world (I’m American, after all – though this site originates in Canada). So, as we move through the list, the important aspects to remember: first, these have to take place during […] More

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    ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’, the latest entry in the film franchise, releases a trailer

    With a 12 year feature filmmaking career under his belt, director Michael Bay was a veteran of action movies when he signed on for 2007’s Transformers. Through the three movies, Bay found massive commercial success despite the departure of leading lady Megan Fox between the second and third pictures. This left many intrigued when it […] More

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