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    Homeland, Ep. 4.05, “About A Boy” an uneasy hour of bad choices

    “I’m a spy. I know shit.”

    That line, spoken by John Redmond, is funny in the moment, but begins to feel ironic by the end of the episode. Practically everyone is off their game this week, with an abundance of questionable decisions leading to Saul getting kidnapped. By this point, we’ve spent plenty of time with Carrie, Saul, Quinn, even Fara. We know what they can do, we know how good they are at their jobs…except when the writers need them to be stupid. It all feels overly telegraphed, to the point where these uncharacteristic decisions not only frustrate on a plot level, but a character one too. It’s reminiscent of how a show like Family Guy treats its characters and its continuity, which is an unfortunate comparison to make with a high profile prestige drama. More

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    ‘Starred Up’ showcases superb performances from Jack O’Connell & Ben Mendelsohn

    There’s a scene in the first act of the film where the young protagonist Eric, in an effort to gain control of a situation to proclaim his innocence, bites down on a prison guard’s genitals and holds on like a dog with a chew toy. That moment alone does a lot to encapsulate the do-or-die realities of the film’s prison environment, but more importantly showcases the immediate talent of its star Jack O’Connell: Like it or not, he demands your attention and he’s not letting go anytime soon. More

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    ‘Starred Up’, with Ben Mendelsohn, gets a US trailer

    Performer Ben Mendelsohn has, over the course of his 30-year career, garnered acclaim for supporting turns in numerous movies, including The New World, Australia, Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, and The Place Beyond The Pines. His involvement in a feature thus raises interest in it for many film fans, and this held true for his […] More

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    Trailer released for David Mackenzie’s acclaimed prison drama ‘Starred Up’

    The latest film from British director David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Perfect Sense), Starred Up has been gaining significant critical momentum since its premiere at TIFF in September 2013. Jack O’Connell stars as a violent teenager transferred to an adult prison, dealing with what that entails and also one inmate who just so happens to be […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Starred Up’ a brash, viscerally violent ride that dissects second chances

    Director David MacKenzie (Young Adam, Mister Foe) brings us a bloodily fresh film about a young upstart condemned to a lengthy prison sentence who thinks that he can’t be contained by the system or gangs. Upon arriving he encounters his long lost father who is also incarcerated. They are both unable to express their extreme emotions without it coming to violence. More

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    Sunday Shorts: ‘Steve’, starring Colin Firth

    Today’s film is the 2010 short Steve. The film is written and directed by Rupert Friend, and stars Tom Mison, Kiera Knightley, and Colin Firth. Firth has built a long career of critically acclaimed roles in film and television, from Pride and Prejudice and The English Patient to A Single Man and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, winning his first Academy Award […] More