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Movie Review: 'The Snowman' brings bestseller to the big screen

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Review: As drama, ‘Breathe’ is underwhelming

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Dafoe finds role of a lifetime in ‘The Florida Project’

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Review: Firefighter tale ‘Only the Brave’ sparks flame

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Review: Firefighter tale ‘Only the Brave’ sparks flame


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Review: ‘Breathe’ takes soft approach to life and death

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Review: ‘Florida Project’ a beaming portrait of youth

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‘The Snowman’ is a jumbled nonsensical mess

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Jason Isaacs nearly said no to Harry Potter role
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Man arrested near Denzel Washington movie set in Boston
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Josh Brolin hints the Russo brothers are done after Avengers 4
Josh Brolin has hinted Anthony and Joe Russo will be done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe after 'Avengers 4'. The two brothers helmed 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', 'Ant-Man' and 'Captain America: Civil War' before being handed the job of directing the next two 'Avengers' blockbusters and are currently working on the third epic installment 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Brolin - who is set to star as the mad titan Thanos - has hinted the Russos will no longer be part of the MCU after the fourth movie   Read More ...
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The First Woman to Head a Hollywood Movie Studio Shares the One Thing You Need to Succeed
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Halloween TV: From sweet to spooky, a guide to the holiday’s best movies and specials
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Octoberfest of quality filmmaking continues
What is it with all these fine film festivals featuring documentaries this month? I, for one, am not complaining. The 11th annual Boston Palestine Film Festival (Oct. 20-29) offers trenchant, challenging films on an eclectic assortment of topics. Some of the films included are: Mohanad Yaqubi’s “Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory” (Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with producer Sami Said attending) relates how the Palestine Film Unit, formed by the PLO, sought in the 1960s and ’70s to present images to counter stereotypes   Read More ...
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Review: In ‘Geostorm,’ Gerard Butler (and His Stubble) Save the Planet
If I had to spend a global meteorological catastrophe with anyone, I don’t think Gerard Butler would be my first choice. But of course I don’t have a choice. Mr. Butler’s character, Jake Lawson, has a job to do, and so do I. Jake’s is to fix the space-based weather-control system he designed and built, racing against a digital clock that counts down the minutes until “geostorm   Read More ...
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'78/52' brilliantly, obsessively breaks down shower scene in 'Psycho'
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All trick, no treat, 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' is a shoddy, low-laugh outing
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Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short
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Documentary brings Goodall’s story to vivid life in ‘Jane’
Jane Goodall, the great English primatologist who has spent much of her life studying chimpanzees in their natural habitat, grew up as a girl wishing she could be “as close to animals as I could.” She says she “dreamt as a boy,” and, lo and behold, not long after she began her research in 1960 in Tanzania under the mentorship of the Kenyan-born paleontologist Louis Leakey, she discovered that “I was actually living my dream   Read More ...
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Mary-Louise Parker Gushes Over ‘Awesome’ Red Sparrow Costar Jennifer Lawrence: She’s ‘Tough’ and ‘Sweet’
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The gospel of Southerners in cinema, according to Joe Bob Briggs
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Meet the Incredible Child Star of Wonderstruck: 5 Things to Know About Deaf Actress Millicent Simmonds
Millicent Simmonds is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood. The 14-year-old deaf actress from Bountiful, Utah, makes her breakout performance in the acclaimed new movie Wonderstruck. Simmonds plays Rose, a 12-year-old deaf girl living in the 1927 Hoboken, New Jersey, who runs away from home and wanders through New York’s Museum of Natural History. Her story is interlaced with another taking place in 1977 New York, focusing on a lost boy (Oakes Fegley) and mysterious older woman (Julianne Moore)   Read More ...
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American Woman Marries African Prince She Met in D.C. Bar, Lives the Movie Coming to America
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'Happy Death Day' isn't one you'll die to see
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Jane Goodall’s Unparalleled Life, in Never-Before-Seen Footage
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Movie Review: 'The Snowman' brings bestseller to the big screen
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Review: In , Love Takes Bravery Too
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"The Florida Project' is a hilarious and heartbreaking movie
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Mark Webber cast his family and his old North Philly 'hood in indie drama 'Flesh and Bone'
Philadelphia filmmakers have shown us so many sides of the city — from Rocky’s run through the Italian Market and beyond to the gorgeous lights of Boathouse Row at night in Philadelphia to Bruce Willis’ pristine redbrick house in The Sixth Sense. A far rarer sight on screen, this is the troubled landscape of Mark Webber’s latest film, , a semiautobiographical drama that has the indie film director revisit his old stomping grounds, where he grew up in abject poverty   Read More ...
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Review: ‘Geostorm’ script drowns in a sea of politics
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Review: Film about Watergate’s Deep Throat falls flat
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Review: As drama, ‘Breathe’ is underwhelming
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Judi Dench had glorious time on The Orient Express
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David Fincher had conversation about directing a Star Wars film
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Tomas Alfredson couldn't finish The Snowman
'The Snowman' director Tomas Alfredson ran out of time to finish shooting the movie. The 52-year-old filmmaker stepped in to direct Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson in the adaptation of Jo Nesbo's crime novel after Martin Scorsese moved to executive producer and he claims things moved so quickly, he didn't get to film 10-15% of the script. He told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation: "It happened very abruptly   Read More ...
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See How Margot Robbie’s I, Tonya Cast Compares to the Real People Involved in Tonya Harding Scandal
The movie follows Harding’s story from her early skating days to her training for the ’94 Winter Olympics before her ex-husband intervenes and tries to sabotage rival skater Kerrigan. The infamous event made headlines for its brutality and tale of rival ice princesses. It also impressively recreates the biggest moments of Harding's life with eery accuracy, including the ecstatic skater's emotions after nailing the triple axel at the 1991 National Championship   Read More ...
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14 Real-Life Movie Characters and the Actors Who Played Them
CHRISTIAN BALE AS DICK CHENEY. Bale is well known for the lengths he'll go when it comes to physical transformation for a role. (He infamously lost 60 lbs. to play an insomniac in The Machinist.) But his latest may be his most unrecognizable yet: He's playing the former vice president in a movie about Cheney's life, and the makeover is so drastic that even the on-set photos have us doing a double take   Read More ...
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Captain Lafrey Asks For Help | Season 1 Ep. 4 | GHOSTED
A Paranormal creature is on the lose in the office, so Captain Lafrey tries to get help. Unfortunately, the help she receives isn't the help she wanted. Subscribe now for more Ghosted clips: Catch full episodes now: Like Ghosted on Facebook: Follow Ghosted on Twitter: Follow Ghosted on Instagram: Like FOX on Facebook: Follow FOX on Twitter: Add FOX on Google+: Starring Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “This Is the End”) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” “Big Little Lies”), GHOSTED is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens   Read More ...
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Bob Gets Killed By A Paranormal Creature | Season 1 Ep. 4 | GHOSTED
A paranormal creature comes back to life and goes on a rampage in the office. Subscribe now for more Ghosted clips: Catch full episodes now: Like Ghosted on Facebook: Follow Ghosted on Twitter: Follow Ghosted on Instagram: Like FOX on Facebook: Follow FOX on Twitter: Add FOX on Google+: Starring Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “This Is the End”) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” “Big Little Lies”), GHOSTED is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. LEROY WRIGHT (Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we’re speaking frankly, thinks that “aliens” are a big ole bunch of B   Read More ...
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Dafoe finds role of a lifetime in ‘The Florida Project’
“We hope that they’re all special, we really do,” says the actor, dispensing a bit of career wisdom, while seated in a hotel suite inside Toronto’s Intercontinental Hotel during September’s Toronto International Film Festival. Dafoe has been acting for nearly 40 years and has appeared in more than 100 films, many of them special, many of them not. He’s worked with David Lynch (“Wild at Heart”), Wes Anderson (“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Lars Von Trier ( “Antichrist,” “Nymphomaniac”)   Read More ...
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NASTY SURPRISE: Woman claims she was bitten by bedbugs at movie theater
A woman is claiming she got an unexpected scare at a movie theater. The woman claims what she believes were bed bugs came out of the seat and bit her instantly when she sat down at an AMC theater in Glendale's Westgate. "The whole thing was covered. The whole arm rest was covered with them," said Crystal Mitchell. Mitchell said she went to the theater on Tuesday to see a movie, and after she sat down   Read More ...
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Review: Hitmen on hitman laughs fuel ‘Killing Gunther’
Preposterously stupid and fairly enjoyable, “Killing Gunther” is a mockumentary hitman spoof in which a gaggle of eccentric professional assassins attempt to knock off the world’s top paid killer, Gunther (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Lest Arnold fans — there have to be some left, right? — get too excited, it needs pointing out that he doesn’t really show up until the final third of the film (although then he gets a lot of play)   Read More ...
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Review: Firefighter tale ‘Only the Brave’ sparks flame
Real life story of 2013 wildfire embeds with a rugged crew of firefighters A rugged, rah-rah tale of firefighting bros, “Only the Brave” is ignited by a sense of spirit that belies its unfortunately generic title. The film tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of firefighters that perished in an Arizona wildfire in 2013. There’s a sort of flexing, flag-waving, grunting “hoo-rah” heroism to its presentation, but since it stops short of actual flag-waving, it can be admired for its relative restraint   Read More ...
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Review: ‘Breathe’ takes soft approach to life and death
Andrew Garfield plays polio patient in topsy-turvy directorial debut from Andy Serkis “Breathe” is so determined not to be a terminal illness weepie that it becomes something else entirely: a terminal illness romp. Andy Serkis, the motion-capture wizard whose green screen work includes bringing Gollum and “Planet of the Apes’” Caesar to life, makes his directorial debut with the feel-good polio movie of the year   Read More ...
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Review: ‘Florida Project’ a beaming portrait of youth
There’s magic in the air in “The Florida Project,” and it’s not just because of the film’s setting, in Orlando, Florida, in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom. Sean Baker, the film’s director and co-writer, has created something miraculous here, a heartbreaking and beautiful ode to childhood and the unflappable resilience of youth. Baker’s compassion for his characters shines and illuminates their lives even as we watch them fumble down a tunnel of darkness   Read More ...
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'Geostorm' movie shows dangers of hacking the climate – we need to talk about real-world geoengineering now
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Hollywood’s latest disaster flick, “Geostorm,” is premised on the idea that humans have figured out how to control the Earth’s climate. A powerful satellite-based technology allows users to fine-tune the weather, overcoming the ravages of climate change. Everyone, everywhere can quite literally “have a nice day,” until – spoiler alert! – things do not go as planned   Read More ...
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Review: Murder mystery ‘Snowman’ a pile of dirty snow
Michael Fassbender stars in listless, convoluted crime story that is among the year’s worst films This snow-covered murder mystery plods along so clumsily and aimlessly that it has the feel of something that has been reassembled in post-production by three separate teams, none of whom had any contact with one another. Indeed, the film’s trailer advertises a completely different film, and is filled with moments that didn’t make the final cut   Read More ...
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