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    See the first trailer for ‘About Ray’, a transgender drama starring Elle Fanning

    Despite her relatively young age, actress Elle Fanning has already become a veteran of the big screen, having already worked onscreen with the likes of Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Bruce Dern, Kyle Chandler, and Michael Shannon. Her next film sees Fanning continue that run, as her co-stars include Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. Titled About […] More

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    The Definitive Movies of 1995

    20. Dead Man Walking Directed by: Tim Robbins Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and […] More

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    ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ plays like a tepid tabloid

    If all the world’s stage, then surely some players crave the spotlight more than others. And if ever there was a player, it was Errol Flynn. The Last of Robin Hood tells the twisted story of three people who will do almost anything for fame. That each must settle for infamy is one of the juicy, yet unexplored ironies in a movie that doesn’t know which story it wants to tell. By taking an evenhanded and humanistic approach to such salacious subject matter, the filmmakers have effectively squashed any possibility for tawdry fun. Instead, we get a bone-dry historical drama that skimps on the history and bypasses the drama entirely. More

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    The Definitive Original Screenplays: 50-41

    What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ is a heartbreaking Hollywood tale of first and last love

    The Last of Robin Hood depicts the last romance of Errol Flynn’s life from the not-so-tender age of 48 until his death. Who was the lucky girl? Beverly Aadland. One person’s definition of luck is most people’s definition of statutory rape—something that Flynn had some trouble with before—as Miss Aadland was under 18 at the time. This is the crux of the conundrum behind this story and what would regularly confound a filmmaker in bringing it to the screen—even Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita screenplay was rejected and reworked by Stanley Kubrick. Fortunately for the audience, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are no regular filmmakers (see Grief, The Fluffer, Quinceanera). They have written and directed a film about three protagonists (Beverly Aadland, her mother Florence, and Errol Flynn) with a vague outward antagonist—society, perhaps? And somehow, through the grace of such strong characters and writing, it works. More

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    ‘The Company You Keep’, the latest feature from Robert Redford, releases a new trailer

    Hollywood legend Robert Redford is best known for his work in front of the camera in numerous now-legendary roles, but the thespian has made his mark behind the camera as well, with his directorial debut, 1980’s Ordinary People, snagging him a Best Director Oscar. Redford hasn’t appeared onscreen since 2007, and hasn’t directed a movie […] More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 73: ‘Enchanted’

    How do you know…if a movie is good? How do you know…it’s for you? (I hope you’re singing those questions out loud.) This week, Josh, Mike, and Gabe convene in Mousterpiece Cinema HQ with special guest (and our first returning guest, to boot) Kate Kulzick of The Televerse to review the 2007 Walt Disney Pictures […] More

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